California & American Spikenard - Aralia californica & racemosa
This California spikenard (Aralia californica) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.
California & American spikenard - Aralia californica & racemosa in the Araliaceae or Ginseng family
Part used: Root.
Taste/smell: Slightly pungent.
Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water, crushed and infused for 25 minutes; or 1:1 fresh strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.
Mental picture and specific indications: These spikenard species are indicated for asthmatic conditions with cough aggravated from lying down or coming on in the middle of the night, hay fever with frequent sneezing and nasal discharges that are excoriating with a salty acrid taste. The individual is very sensitive to drafts and may experience drenching sweat during sleep.
Use: (a) Expectorant, (b) Lung tonic, (c) Anti-inflammatory, (d) Antimicrobial, (e) Adaptogen, (f) Carminative, (g) Diaphoretic, (h) Diuretic
They are used similarly to the other members of this family, including ginseng, devil's club, siberian ginseng, etc. California and American spikenard helps the body to adapt to stressful situations, from either internal or external causes.
Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.
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