Latin Name: Nardostachys jaatamansi
Extraction Method: Distilled from the rhizome; CO2
Aroma: Earthy, resinous and warm.
Spikenard is an aromatic herb that is also referred to as "nard". This herb grows to a height of three feet producing small greenish flowers and a aromatic rhizome root. This herb is also native to Pakistan and the Himalayan Mountains. Spikenard is sometimes incorrectly confused with spike lavender which is a reminder to all to know your oils.
I have utilized this essential oil in many sleep blends because energetically it relieves emotional tension and insomnia. This oil is extracted from the flower shoot or rhizome which is located underground, which might explain why it is so emotionally grounding. As stated in Aromatherapy: The complete guide to the healing art, spikenard is traditionally applied to the feet for "grounding". This oil is often times associated with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) because of it similar aroma and action.
Historically Spikenard is known as one of the most ancient of aromatics and considered precious to early Egyptian, Hebrew and Hindu civilizations who utilized it for its ritual and medicinal purposes. Spikenard is also associated with Frankincense and Myrrh due to it's reference to Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus feet with it before the Last Supper.
Spikenard is useful for persons with persistent anxieties or for the person who is searching for spirtual certainty. It also nourishes hope for both the heart and soul allowing one to surrender. Due to its serenity and earthy humility, it also conveys the power to devotion to one's chosen path.
Cosmetically spikenard has been used in treatment of rashes and psoriasis. It has a long history of use for scalp irritation and hair loss. Because it is a very balancing oil, it is good for all skin types especially mature skin. It may also help hormone imbalance that is sometimes associated with cellulite.
Spikenard has a regulating action on the heart and nervous system making it a good choice for heart palpitations, headaches and nervous indigestion. This oil is also indicated for nausea, intestinal colic and constipation due to its antispasmodic and digestive action.
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*Please note: This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.