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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

SPIKENARD


Latin Name: Aralia racemosa


Alternate Names: American Spikenard, Manroot, Wild Sarsaparilla, Life-of-man, Indian Root

Family: ARALIACEAE

Parts Used: Root, rhizome.

Properties: Adaptogen, Alterative, Aromatic, Carminative, Chi Tonic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Parturient, Stimulant, Uterine Tonic.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Backache, Cough, Dysentery, Eczema, Flatulence, Gout, Labor, Premenstrual Syndrome, Rash, Rheumatism, Stomachache, Syphilis, Whooping Cough
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.
In studies Spikenard demonstrates the ability to stimulate white blood cell phagocytosis and interferon production. Used as a tonic the last few weeks of pregnancy to facilitate labor.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Ear Infection, Fractures, Rash, Wounds

Topical Applications: Use as a poultice on bruises, wounds and fractures, as a wash for rashes, and as a salve. Juice of berry was placed in ear to treat ear infection. Ojibiwa Native Americans use root as a poultice for broken bones. Outer bark is burned as an incense.

Culinary uses: Root cooked as a vegetable. Young tips eaten as a vegetable. Used in traditional root beer drinks. Roots made into 'root beer', tonic beers and wines. Berries also made into wine.

Energetics: Sweet, Pungent, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (falcarinone, falcarinolene), saponins, diterpene acid, tannin, resin, choline, chlorogenic acid, ursolic acid, b-sitosterol, araloside, panaxosides.

Comments: Native to North America, this herb was used among Native American peoples. The common name Spikenard includes the species Aralia californica, Aralia nudicaulis, Aralia bicrenata, Aralia arizonica and Aralia quinquefolia, which are used interchangeably with Aralia racemosa.

1 comment:

Karla Alvarez said...

Hello!, i would like to know how to take internally in essential oil, how many drops for healing uterus? ...and eventually would it be good to know the dosages for the different ailments spikenard is good for

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