Spikenard is also known as nard, nardin, and muskroot. The amber colored Essential Oil is derived from the flowering plants. The botanical name for Spikenard is Nardostachy jatamansi. In ancient times the Spikenard Oil was used as perfume, medicine, and in religious ceremonies. Another ceremony that Spikenard Oil was traditionally used for was to anoint persons of high honor. Mainly due to its healing properties, and the oil is considered to have spiritual applications of blessing and protection. Spikenard was used to season foods in Medieval European cuisine, especially as a part of the spice blend used to flavor Hypocras, a sweetened and spiced wine drink. From the 17th century it was one of the ingredients for a strong beer called Stingo. The method of extraction is steam distillation from the root and is usually a golden yellow color. Spikenard Essential Oil has an earthy, woody, harsh, musty aroma.
The process of the essential oil of Spikenard’s extraction is by steam distillation of the resin obtained from the Spikenard plant and contains aristolene, calarene, clalarenol, coumarin, dihydroazulenes, jatamanshinic acid, nardol, nardostachone, valerianol, valeranal and valeranone as the main components, which are the direct sources of its medicinal properties.
Spikenard Essential Oil blends well with these other oils of Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Orange, Petit Grain, Rose, and Sage. A major attribute of the Spikenard Oil is that it is considered to be non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
Spikenard Oil is used a sedative and an herbal medicine to fight insomnia, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments. Spikenard Oil has also been used as a perfume and in incense. When combined with carrier oil as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado, Spikenard Essential Oil can be applied to the skin or added to baths. For many uses you can sprinkle a few drops of Spikenard Essential Oil onto a cloth or cotton ball and breathe in the scent. Or add a few drops of Spikenard Oil to an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.
For skin enhancement and to aid in mild rashes or other skin conditions, just add a few drops of Spikenard Essential Oil on a cotton ball and apply to the affected area daily, until the rash in gone.
There are many forms to utilize Spikenard Essential Oil in Aromatherapy, here are a few examples:
Spikenard essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.
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