Valerian root comes from a plant that grows in the wild in Asia, North America, and Europe. The plant has pink, white, and purple flowers but its roots are often used as a component in herbal supplements. The herb has been used in traditional medicine to alleviate insomnia, stress, headache, anxiety, and trembling. It is often combined with other herbs and used by people who want to stop using sleeping pills.
Benefits of Valerian Root. Aside from being a natural sleep sedative, Valerian root is also used to reduce anxiety by increasing the amount of gamma aminobutyric acid, known for regulating nerve cells, in the brain. There are evidences that the Valerian root improves stress management and reduces high blood pressure, which are often the results of anxiety.