Aralia, Queen of the River Forest Wild

Aralia (aka CA Spikenard) Aralia californica

Song: Aralia's River Song

Parts Used: Root, Leaf, Berry

Appearance/Habitat: grows near water, like the banks of small streams; very large (up to 10’ tall) compound leaved herbaceous perennial in the Ginseng family with large, fleshy resin-filled roots that lie just just below the surface or under rocks; purple berries ripen in late summer, early fall

Energetic Qualities: Calming, Uplifting, Cooling

Taste: Pungent, Sweet

Elemental Associations: Water, Air

Actions: Adaptogenic, nutritive, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant


Aralia Indications-Physical Lungs: “tonic and soothing expectorant” (M. Moore) Throat: esp. berries...soothing for sore throats Adaptogenic: helps moderate body’s response to stress

Aralia Indications-Psycho-spiritual strong and wild feminine reconnect with flow reduce stress of everyday life

Dosage: Psycho-spiritual...1-5 drops; Physical...5 drops-3 droppersful

Contraindications: None noted