valerian

noun
va·le·ri·an | \və-ˈlir-ē-ən \

Definition of valerian 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of a genus (Valeriana of the family Valerianaceae, the valerian family) of perennial herbs and shrubs many of which possess medicinal properties

2 : a preparation of the dried rhizome and roots of the garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis) used especially formerly as a carminative and sedative

Valerian

biographical name
Va·le·ri·an | \və-ˈlir-ē-ən \

Definition of Valerian (Entry 2 of 2)

died a.d. 260 Publius Licinius Valerianus Roman emperor (253–260)

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In these studies, the benefits were most pronounced when people used valerian for extended periods of time, as opposed to simply taking it for one night. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 All-Natural Remedies to Get a Better Night's Sleep," 11 Nov. 2010 For stress and anxiety: Lavender, cedarwood, lemon, bergamot, orange, and valerian. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Essential Oils for Beginners: How to Use Them Safely in Your Beauty Routine," 7 May 2018 In Sleepytime EXTRA, the extra stands for the actual most powerful ingredient, our narcoleptic friend valerian. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Which Sleepytime Tea Is the Sleepiest?," 2 Mar. 2017 Ingredients like valerian and chamomile promote healthy sleep, too. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Eat to Avoid Jet Lag," 19 Oct. 2017 Herbalists will note that human bodies react very different to herbs: some might even feel energized by valerian, while others might conk out after a watery cup of chamomile. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Which Sleepytime Tea Is the Sleepiest?," 2 Mar. 2017 That anybody would name a movie after valerian is therefore extremely brave and perhaps a little stupid. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The Gorgeous Stupidity of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of valerian

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12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valerian

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French valeriane, borrowed from Medieval Latin valeriana, of obscure origin

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valerian

noun
va·le·ri·an | \və-ˈlir-ē-ən \

Medical Definition of valerian 

1 : any of a genus (Valeriana of the family Valerianaceae, the valerian family) of perennial herbs many of which possess medicinal properties

2 : a preparation of the dried rhizome and roots of the garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis) that is used as an herbal remedy and is held to be beneficial in treating nervousness and insomnia

called also valerian root

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