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Spinkenard Root

  • Spikenard is an old Native American remedy that is undervalued in our time. Appears to have adaptogenic properties similar to Ginseng; boosts immune system. Chronic debility. Warming and relieves irritation of lungs: mucousy cough, acute and chronic bronchitis, whooping cough, humid asthma, pleurisy. Hypersensitive lung conditions (i.e. with allergies). Chronic lung conditions in general with low immunity. Skin conditions. Rheumatism. Taken in last trimester as a labor preparator for easy delivery. Delayed menstruation. 
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Spinkenard Root (c/s, Wildharvest)

 

Also Known As – Aralia racemosa, American Spikenard, Fleabane, Manroot, Wild Sarsaparilla, Indian Root, Life-of-Man, Old Man’s Root, Petty Morel, Pigeon Weed, and Spignet.

Origin - USA

Overview - American spikenard is a perennial, herbaceous plant, 3-5 feet tall; its thick, fleshy rootstock features long, thick roots and produces one or more branched stems growing up to 6 feet high. Stems are smooth, dark green or reddish. The leaves are alternate and usually ternate, 6-21 toothed, pointed leaves, weakly heart-shaped, with doubly serrate margins. Its tiny, greenish-white flowers grow in panicled umbels during July and August. The dark purple berries are pleasantly flavored and can be made into jelly.

Medicinal Uses - Used for pulmonary diseases, digestive weakness, gynecological problems, blood purification, hay fever, diarrhea, colds, bronchitis, sore throat, fever, venereal disease, rheumatic aches and pains, asthma, coughs. Externally, used for skin diseases and hemorrhoids. Taking the tea for some time before labor is said to make childbirth easier and shortens the labor. Native Americans used the root for wounds, boils, acne, pimples, blackheads, rashes, swellings, bruises, inflammations, and chest pains. For the external use, the root was pounded and made into a poultice or dressing. Favoring for liqueurs and cordials.

Other Uses – American spikenard is edible and several parts of the plant are cooked before consumption, while the fruits are eaten raw or cooked. The tips of young shoots of this herb are cooked and also used as a potherb or in the form of flavoring in soups. Roots of spikenard are also cooked. They are cut in large pieces, spiced and used in soups. The roots have a very pleasing aroma which exude a flavor similar to that of licorice. The roots may also be used as a substitute for a closely related species sarsaparilla and brewed to prepare root beer. Fruits of American spikenard may also be used to prepare a jelly.

Parts Used – Roots

Precautions - Not recommended while pregnant

Preparation and Dosage - Decoction of the root as a tea and seldom found in extracts and capsules

Disclaimer - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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