Herbal Cures for anxiety: VALERIAN

Valerian, native to Europe and North America, has long been used to treat anxiety, stress, muscle tension and insomnia. It contains valerenic acid and valeranon that help the body relax into a calm state so that sleep can come naturally.

What you need to know before taking valerian:

• It should not be taken with any other sleep-enhancing drugs.

• It should not be taken during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

• It can cause drowsiness so should not be taken before driving or during any activity which requires you to be alert.

• It is not suitable for children.

• It can be combined with other herbs such as lemon balm, hops and passionflower.