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Tue, 24 Jul 2001 20:59:02 -0400
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Hi, All--The week in Vermont was terrific. How many years have I seen Walking Fern in the guide and wished to see it?   Maybe 35. 
        We saw Spikenard over there in Vermont (Aralia racemosa). A lady asked me if it was a medicinal plant. I replied in the affirmative and then was asked what is was used for. I replied Everything!I don't remember seeing a name tag. Maybe she was one of the new members. Hoped she did not think I was being too flippant.
    Here follow the uses for  Spikenard, and I hope the lady is on this discussion list!      Blood purifier, tea, tonic,; used for lassitude, general debility, stomach aches, and coughs. Poultice for sores, burns,itching, ulcers, boils, carbuncles,  wounds andto reduce sewlling and cure infections. Diuretic, to promote sweating, for fevers,  rheumatism. Asthma, syphilis, kidney troubles, mentrual irregularities. Used in cough medicines, and to improve the flavor of other medicines.  Spicy-aromatic root was the part used.
        Does sound like just about everything, doesn't it?        Gale Flagg