Benefits of Spikenard Oil

04/10/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles

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What is the Genus Species? Nardostachys jatamansi

Why is this information important? There are several species of Spikenard, so it is always a good idea to order your oils by common name and genus species. For instance, I have seen American Spikenard (Aralia racemosa), labeled generically as Spikenard. This is not the same plant or oil and has different medicinal properties.

Where is the name derived from? Nardostachys is a Persian word referring to the nard plant. Jatamansi comes from the Sanskrit name from where it is found in India.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Roots

What is the ORAC Value: 54,800 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that spikenard was one of the last oils received by Jesus before his arrest? Yes, Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus’ feet at the Last Supper with a salve of spikenard. Spikenard is referred to in the bible at least seven times.

What are the Plant Properties? Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, deodorant, relaxing and skin tonic.

What are the Documented Spikenard Benefits and Uses? Allergies, Candida, flatulent indigestion, heart arrhythmias, insomnia, menstrual problems/PMS, nausea, nervous tension, perfume, rashes, relaxation, staph infections, stress, tachycardia, tension and wounds that will not heal.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its earthy aroma is soothing and relaxing.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Spikenard is a very spiritual oil. It has been used in Egypt, and by priests and kings, as anointing oil and to induce mediation.

This oil will help us release the need to control and rebel against power and authority figures. For those who misuse the power of will, this will be good oil for emotional healing work. In the positive sense, it will reconnect us spiritually.

What Chakra is Affected? The soar plexus and heart chakras are opened.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-green.

How do I use it?

Use NEAT, then

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Directly inhale
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No

Can this Oil be used for Animals? Yes, however, I usually do not use it as a single oil. But, it can be used similarly to Valerian because it has calming and relaxing qualities.

Also, it is beneficial and gentle enough to use on the skin for animals. It helps to repel insects and fleas and is good for the skin.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? Use therapeutic grade essential oils only if you want healing results. Oil of Spikenard has no contraindications.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that Spikenard is one of the most highly regarded plants in India? It has been used as a perfume, medicinal herb and a skin tonic.

Did you know that Oil of Spikenard was used in a preparation called Kyphi? Kyphi a mixture of spikenard, juniper, myrrh and cinnamon was thought to appease gods, improve mediation and induce sleep!

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Spikenard Essential Oil?

Get it at our E-store. If you have the time, do check out the range of other Essential Oils that we offer.

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