18. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
- Medicinal Use: Sleep Problems, Stress, Anxiety
The Valerian plant grows all over Europe and Asia. This plant is actually within the same family as the honeysuckle plant. However, the medicinal use of the Valerian plant isn’t going to be in the honeysuckle. Several places in Europe and Asia sell extracts from the Valerian root.
This extract can supposedly treat anxiety, sleep issues, and even act as a dietary supplement. While there needs to be more research to prove its success in handling anything brain-related, it’s pretty much proven to be useful as a sedative. This may be why some assume it helps with stress and anxiety.