Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) comes from the botanical family of Valerianaceae. It was highly regarded in India as a perfume, health-supporting herb, and skin tonic. Prized at the time of Christ, it was used by Mary of Bethany to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Last Supper. This is a relaxing and soothing oil for the skin.
Action: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, deodorizing, relaxing and soothing to the skin.
Traditional Uses: Spikenard has traditionally been used for helping in the treatment of allergic skin reactions, allergies, candida, flatulent indigestion, insomnia, menstrual difficulties, migraines, nausea, rashes, staph infections, stress, tachycardia, tension and wounds. According to Dietrich Gumbel, Ph.D. it strengthens the heart and circulatory system.
Spikenard has an approximate ORAC of 548,266 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
According to Wikipedia:
Spikenard (Nardostachys grandiflora or Nardostachys jatamansi; also called nard, nardin, and muskroot) is a flowering plant of the Valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of China, India and Nepal. The plant grows to about 1 m in height and has pink, bell-shaped flowers. Spikenard rhizomes (underground stems) can be crushed and distilled into an intensely aromatic amber-colored essential oil, which is very thick in consistency. Nard oil is used as a perfume, an incense, a sedative, and an herbal medicine said to fight insomnia, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments. Historical use The oil was known in ancient times and was part of the Ayurvedic herbal tradition of India. It was obtained as a luxury in ancient Egypt, the Near East, and Rome, where it was the main ingredient of the perfume nardinium. Pliny’s Natural History lists twelve species of “nard”, identifiable with varying assurance, in a range from lavender stoechas and tuberous valerian to true nard (in modern terms Nardostachys jatamansi). It was used as one of the Eleven Herbs for the Incense in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Nard is mentioned twice in the biblical love poem, the Song of Solomon (1:12 and 4:13). In Mark 14:3 a woman anoints Jesus’ head with expensive nard and John 12:3, Mary, sister of Lazarus uses an alabaster jar of pure nard to anoint Jesus’s feet. Judas Iscariot, the keeper of the money-bag, asked why the ointment wasn’t sold for three hundred denarii instead, (About a years wages, as the average agricultural worker received 1 denarius for 12 hours work: Matthew 20:2) and give the money to the poor. (Luke 7:37-50), she anoints his feet, washing them with her tears and drying them with her hair. The costly perfume she used came from an alabaster jar, indicating that it was most likely nard. Modern use Today, oil of spikenard is not used as widely as that of its many valerian relatives. Spikenard is known as a healing oil and is grown in India and China. The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation and it is a base note with an earthy/musty scent. Physically Spikenard essential oil is used as a diuretic, useful for rashes and skin allergies, it is anti-fungal and has a balancing effect on the menstrual cycle. Emotionally this oil is reserved for deep seated grief or old pain. It is used in palliative care to help ease the transition from life to death.
How to use: For aromatic use.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
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Item No. 3640, 5 ml – Spikenard Essential Oil