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Spikenard is an aromatic rhizome. The botanical name has its roots in the Hindu word Jatamansi which means "lock of hair." Its use goes back in several cultures The much-branched stem grows from 3 to 6 feet high. Very large leaves, consisting of thin oval heart-shaped, double saw-toothed leaflets. Small greenish flowers in many clusters - blooming later than Aralia medicaulis (for which it is often substituted), July to August. Has roundish red-brown berries going dark purple. Root-stock thick and large, spicy and aromatic
Spikenard root Edit
Spikenard root has been used for its expectorant qualities in cold relief and for its blood purifying action. It has also gained recent repute for its ability to stimulate phagocytosis in white blood cells while increasing interferon levels, which can lead to a stronger immune system.