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Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

Family of valerianaceae

This plant is common in mountain meadows, it blossoms during June and July. Many people know its sedative properties.

For this purpose the root is dried and crushed and left to infuse. It represents a help for all the nervous troubles and it is a medicine used by the official pharmacopoeia; but it should be used carefully. Roots have an intense and characteristic smell, which is preferred by cats and once it was employed like a perfume.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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