Indian spikenard medicinal herb can be used as herbal salve to cure wounds and cuts

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Indian spikenard (Aralia racemosa) medicinal herb is from the family of Araliaceae.  It is native to North America, Canada, New Zealand, The Himalayan Mountains in India as well as Japan. The main part used as herbal medicine is the root and rhizome. It is an herbaceous perennial plant and it is also an ornamental plant with herbal benefits.

The medicinal properties are stimulant, diaphoretic, sedative as well as alterative. The common names are Aralia racemosa, American spikenard, Pignet, Life of man, Pettymorell, Petty morrell, Old man's root, Spikenard, Wild licorice as well as Indian root.

It was a very popular aromatic herb among the American Indians, who cultivated it because of its aromatic odor and it possesses a number of medicinal benefits which they used as alternative medicine.  Solomons seal is also referred to as spikenard, but it is really known as the wild spikenard.  The constituents for this medicinal herbs include volatile oil, tannin and resin.

Spikenard essential oil

Spikenard: By Superior National Forest (Aralia_racemosa_2  Uploaded by uleli) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The essential oil was very popular in olden times and currently that popularity still stands while it is sold all over the world.  It was very costly in ancient times and it is mentioned in the Bible as the precious alabaster box of ointment that Mary Magdalene used to anoint Jesus' feet.  This is really a touching story and with the connection that it has with this medicinal herb makes you want to have it in your possession.

Currently,  the essential oil, as I have mentioned before, is still very popular and it is used as an anointing oil for various health benefits. The oil from the seeds was used as well to treat earache and is currently used in aromatherapy to calm, soothe and sedate the mind.  It can also be used as an ayurvedic herb.

Health benefits of Indian spikenard

Its uses was incorporated years ago.  This herbal plant is very beneficial when it is made in poultice to heal pains as well as broken bones. Spikenard is used to treat colds, coughs, arthritis and asthma.  It is also a very good medicinal herb to treat and prevent high blood pressure (hypertension) due to its sedative effect.

The tea is consumed to treat backache, gas pains, asthma, coughs as well as chest pains.  Spikenard was also given to women who were in labour to ease birth pains. Also, in folk medicine, the juice from the berries was used as an herbal remedy to treat earache. This was done by pouring the juice in the ears and this method could also cure deafness.

Spikenard root was prescribed to patients in the nineteenth century by doctors to treat syphilis, gout, rheumatism and various other ailments.


Infusion is half ounce of the medicinal herb to a pint of water and as a dosage the use of a wine glass full of Indian spikenard is consumed. 

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