Thursday, July 29, 2010

valeriana officinalis

valerian is used medicinally as an alternative to benzodiazepines. while used as a sedative, in some individuals, valerian may cause night terrors. oddly, valerian essential oil acts as a rat attractant and in some renderings of the story, the pied piper of hamelin employed both his pipes and valerian to attract his rats. the possible use of valerian in this story is creepy when juxtaposed with one of the hypotheses for the origin of the legend.

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