Wear in a sachet around the neck to bring luck & ward off illness.
It is said that wetting a picture of a loved one in an infusion of spikenard will keep them close to you.
Also Called: Spignet, Life of Man, Pettymorell, Old Man’s Root, Indian Root, Bitter Root, Nard, Nardo
The root is antispasmodic, carminative, deobstruent, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, nervine, sedative, stimulant and stomachic.
It is an excellent substitute for valerian, Valeriana officinalis, and is taken internally in the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria and convulsive affections, nervous indigestion, insomnia, depression and tension headaches.
Externally, it is used as a deodorant and to treat rashes. A paste of the root is used externally to treat haemorrhoids.
The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use. Use this remedy with caution, overdoses are toxic.