Latin Name: Valeriana fauriei
Plant Family: Valeriananaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the rhizomes
Valerian is steam distilled from the rhizomes to produce an oil that has a warm, woody, balsamic, musky odour. Valerian is grounding and calming.
It is a perennial herb up to 1.5 meters high with an erect, hollow stem, dark leaves and lots of purplish-white flowers. Largely showing above ground are its short, thick, greyish roots which have a strong odour. There are over 150 species of Valerian found in different parts of the world. The eastern varieties are slightly different from the western, it is also closely related to the spikenard.