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Spikenard

Nardostachys jatamansi

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Infuse your life with the soothing aroma of this exotic oil. Breathe it in! Or incorporate it into a carrier oil and massage it in to allow its antispasmodic properties to calm your cramps, skin inflammation, or dandruff.

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You will understand why Jesus praised Mary of Bethany for anointing him with costly pure nard once you’ve indulged in its fragrance yourself. Revered for centuries, this precious oil from the Himalayas unleashes a deep sense of peace and is said to regulate the nervous system. Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with spikenard, wiping them with her hair; you can use it on your own hair to control dandruff or your skin to nourish and regenerate it. Bring this powerful essential oil from the wilds of Nepal to your life, and experience its highly regarded reputation as a calming, stabilizing, and anxiety-reducing oil.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Roots
Botanical Family: Valerianaceae
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes
Country of Origin: Nepal
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Exotic & Sensual, Resinous, Sweet, Warm & Radiant, Earthy & Woody
Note Classification: Base

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HOW TO USE

Anxiety: Blend 5–6 drops of spikenard to 1 oz. of carrier oil or lotion (olive oil or any vegetable oil) rub into neck and chest area to ease anxiety and to calm the heart.

Massage Oil: Blend 5–6 drops of spikenard to 1 oz. of carrier oil or lotion (olive oil or any vegetable oil). Massage into belly to relieve cramps, relieve allergic skin reactions and sooth, nourish, and regenerate the skin.

Shampoo: Blend 5–6 drops of spikenard to 1 oz. of carrier oil or lotion (olive oil or any vegetable oil).  Massage into scalp to assist with dandruff.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

MORE INFO

Gumbel describes Spikenard as, “The ultimate essential oil to find inner balance in the emotional, spiritual and physical interplay of energies.” He suggests that in skin care Spikenard is balancing, soothing, and rejuvenating. Kurt Schnaubelt recommends rubbing Spikenard over the heart and solar plexus to provide a sedative effect.

This oil is a fantastic anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory! It is a great oil to use for muscle spasms.

Spikenard is known to slow down heavy menstrual bleeding and will reduce cramps.

Spikenard is helpful to add to anti-fungal blends. The oil relieves inflammation and helps the skin to heal.

References:

  1. Lawless J. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Element Books Limited, Great Britain 1992.
  2. Worwood VA. The Fragrant Heavens. Transworld Publishing, Great Britain, 1999.
  3. Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy. Healing Art Press, Canada, 1995.
  4. Gumbel D. Principles of Holistic Skin Therapy with Herbal Essences. Karl F. Haug Publishers, Germany, 1986.

PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Profound sense of peace
  • Regulates the nervous system
  • Stabilizes the mind

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • CNS Sedative – Calming to the central nervous system.
  • Tonic — An agent that strengthens and improves bodily performance.

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SAFETY

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

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