Herbs in History: Valerian & Chamomile

July 19, 2023

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In an effort to preserve and share the fascinating histories of medicinal plants and herbs that have been used around the world for ages, the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) is honored to partner with Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., and Emanuela Appetiti of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions to tell the stories of Herbs in History.

The latest entries explore the histories of valerian and chamomile and feature new information about these botanicals that has remained overlooked – if not unknown – until very recently. Preview the entries below and visit Herbs in History online to read more.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.)

Forgotten Uses

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L., Caprifoliaceae, syn. Valerianaceae) does not need to be presented. It is well established in the world of medicinal plants as a tranquilizer, particularly for patients affected with nervous overstrain. In internal use, it induces sleep and improves sleep quality, reduces blood pressure, alleviates dysmenorrhea, treats cramps, and reduces hypertension, in addition to having a positive effect on rheumatism, migraine, and colic. And it is credited with alleviating anxiety and depression. In external use, it is beneficial in the treatment of eczema, ulcers, and minor injuries. | Read more...


Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.)

Well Known, but Still Full of Promises?

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L. = M. recutita L., and Chamomilla recutita (L.) Rauschert, Asteraceae) is now mostly known as a tea with a mild sedative effect that induces sleep. Over the centuries, it had a much more diversified range of applications that its humble appearance did not announce. | Read more...


About the Project

Herbs in History is made possible by funding from the AHPA-ERB Foundation, as part of the nonprofit foundation's mission promote education and research on medicinal, therapeutic, and health-promoting herbs. Tune in monthly for thoughtfully detailed historical accounts of herbs you know and love, and learn more about the origins of medicinal plants that have stood the test of time.