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Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis)

What is Valerian? Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. In medieval Sweden, it was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the “envy” of the elves. In the sixteenth …

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Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia)

What is Vanilla? Vanilla is indigenous to Central America and Mexico, but has been widely grown in the subtropics of Asia, Northern Europe, and Canada. Madagascar is the largest producer of vanilla in the world. Apart from its widespread use as a flavoring agent in certain organic foods, beverages and pharmaceutical industries as well as …

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