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spikenard

(spīk`närd), name for several plants. The biblical spikenard, or nard, was a costly aromatic ointment, preserved in alabaster boxes, whose chief ingredient is believed to have been derived from Nardostachys grandiflora (or N. jatamansi), a plant of the family Valerianaceae (valerianvalerian,
common name for some members of the Valerianaceae, a family chiefly of herbs and shrubs of temperate and colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere; a few species, however, are native to the Andes.
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 family). Such was the precious box of ointment that Mary Magdalen broke over Jesus' feet. The American spikenard, or Indian root, is Aralia racemosa, of the family Araliaceae (ginsengginseng
, common name for the Araliaceae, a family of tropical herbs, shrubs, and trees that are often prickly and sometimes grow as climbing forms. The true ginseng (Panax ginseng
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 family). The fragrant rhizome of both of these plants is still sometimes used medicinally. The false Solomon's seal, of the family Liliaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family), is sometimes called wild spikenard. Spikenards are all classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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 but differ in the classes, orders, and families to which they belong.
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spikenard

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)

spikenard

1. an aromatic Indian valerianaceous plant, Nardostachys jatamans, having rose-purple flowers
2. any of various similar or related plants
3. a North American araliaceous plant, Aralia racemosa, having small green flowers and an aromatic root
4. an aromatic ointment obtained from this plant
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Remember the Song of Songs: "Your branches are an orchard of/pomegranate trees heavy with fruit,/flowering henna and spikenard,/ spikenard and saffron, cane and cinnamon,/with every tree of frankincense,/myrrh and aloes,/all the rare spices" (translation by Ariel and Chana Bloch).
These include aloe, cassia, cinnamon, frankincense, gall (hemlock), henna, myrrh, nard (spikenard), saffron and wormwood.
Earth (Roots) Turmeric, Vetivert, Ginger, Costus Root, Valerian, Spikenard Indian
The river-horses in the slime trumpeted when they saw him come Odorous with Syrian galbanum and smeared with spikenard and with thyme.
In the embalmers' pungent halls My lover's mummy lies, Marvel of mortuary art With myrrh and spikenard in its veins.
Christy Hill of Reedsport will speak on "Scent of Spikenard and the Heart of Worship." For information, call (541) 888-2147 or (541)756-4029.
Incense was a central part of the Hebrew Temple service and this excerpt from a modern translation of an ancient Talmudic passage describes the recipe: "The incense was compounded of balm, onycha, galbanum, and frankincense, 70 minas weight of each; myrrh, cassia, spikenard, and saffron, 16minas weight of each
By about AD200 the route extended east as far as the Spice Islands (the Moluccas, in eastern Indonesia) by which time a wealth of wondrous eastern aromas was reaching world markets: cloves, nutmeg, cubebs, cinnamon, cardamoms, black pepper, turmeric, frankincense, myrrh, balsam of Mecca, aloeswood, sandalwood and spikenard.
Spikenard relaxes and soothes and frankincense and myrrh bring on a clear state of mind and banish confusion.
In a corner, "Spikenard's Spike" protruded from the floor.
It would be absurd to speak Hebrew, that tongue of spikenard and almonds, in such a place.
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