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Native Americans and early settlers used a tea of Spikenard, either to drink or as a compress, to relieve back pain. It was also used for flatulence, coughs, asthma, and breast pain, and was considered to be a cure for blood poisoning. You might have noted that Spikenard is listed both as a stimulant and as a cardiovascular system depressant. This is exactly right. If the heart muscle is overexcited, or the electrical signals are misfiring, Spikenard (and its cousin Valerian) will calm and reset the pace. In other circumstances, these two herbs gently stimulate and strengthen while, at the same time, calming irregularities in the pulse and heart rate.
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