Simple Herbal Extracts | Spikenard



Botanical Name

Aralia racemosa

Part Used



Not for use in pregnancy*

Traditional Information*

A diaphoretic, antibacterial, antiviral, and expectorant. This herb is indicated for colds and flu with wheezing coughs and irritation of mucus membranes, with tough stringy mucus, chronic pneumonia and early bronchitis.  Spikenard is also an emmenagogue and oxytocic used with Blue Cohosh to stimulate productive contractions in labor and suppressed lochia with pain.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.