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In Valerian family, grows to 3ft (1m), pink bell-shaped flowers. Roots traditionally crushed and distilled for intensely aromatic thick oil that's used as perfume. Root used as sedative, for sleep disorders (like valerian), diuretic, for rashes, skin allergies, anti-fungal, balancing menstrual cycle. Also called Indian Spikenard, Muskroot. SPIKENARD American Spikenard (Aralia racemosa) Red berries in ball clusters. Root is most commonly used for lung problems like asthma, cough, kidney problems, reduce uric acid, syphilis and rheumatism. Also used to shorten labor and ease childbirth. Grows up to 6ft (2m)