Spikenard oil consists primarily of sedative components. These sedative effects come from the sesquiterpenoid components of the oil.
This oil is one of the early aromatics used by the ancient Egyptians. It’s also mentioned in the Bible in the Song of Solomon. When Mary anointed Jesus before the Last Supper, this is the herb she used. ‘Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment’.
This oil was also used by the Roman perfumers, or unguentarii, in the preparation of nardinum, one of their most celebrated scented oils. In addition, the Mughal empress Nur Jehan used this oil in her rejuvenating cosmetic preparations. Spikenard oil has a distinct affinity to the skin. It’s one of the few oils which has any effect against dandruff.
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Botanical Name - Nardastachus jatamansi
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Root
Note Classification - Base
Aroma - Heavy, sweet-woody, spicy-animal odor, somewhat similar to valerian oil
color - Clear to yellow
Effect - Cooling
Largest Producing Countries - Nepal and USA
Traditional Use - Spikenard oil is little used these days. It's usually as a substitute for valerian oil.
Properties - Antibiotic, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiseptic, bactericidal, calmative, deodorant, fungicidal, laxative, sedative, and tonic.
Benefits - Allergies, anxiety, headache, helps promote faith, helps relieve low back and leg pain, hysteria, inflammation, insomnia, mature skin (rejuvenating), menstrual problems, migraine, nervous indigestion, rashes, reduces facial tics, stress and tension.
Blends Well With - Clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper, labdanum, lavender, lemon, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, and vetiver.
Safety Data –
is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing in most individuals. This oil is not to be used while pregnant.
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