ON June 24,2015

Getting to Know the Valerian Plant

In my last article, I wrote about the lovely aroma of elder flowers.    Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is on the other end of the fragrance spectrum. Although some people like the smell of valerian (I’m one of them), many say that it reminds them of  “dirty sweat socks.” Dioscorides and Galen must have felt the same way, since they referred…

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