Spikenard has been in use since the ancient times and was in fact mentioned a number of times in the Holy Bible. It has been known in India to be an important component of Ayurveda practices. Early Egyptians actually recognized it as a luxurious herb. Also referred to as “muskroot,” “nardin” or “nard,” Spikenard has also been used to represent Saint Joseph by Catholic iconography, hence Pope Francis has spikenard in his coat of arms. Meanwhile, spikenard essential oil is extracted from a flowering herb which belongs to the Valerian family called Nardostachys Jatamansi. This plant is prevalent in the mountain range of China, India, and Nepal. Across Europe and India, spikenard oil has been widely utilized in perfumery, incense, spiritual practices, rituals, and naturopathy.
The medicinal properties of spikenard can generally eliminate bacteria, fungi, and viruses, can relieve constipation and swelling, promote restful sleep, and eliminate foul and rancid odors.
The blends consisting of spikenard essential oil promotes relaxation and induces sleep when diffused because the woodsy aroma offers a sense of peace and comfort. This oil can be used topically or added to warm bath if mixed with sweet almond, avocado, and jojoba oils.
What’s more, this oil is considered safe, hypoallergenic, and non-irritant. Spikenard essential oil makes great blends with Lavender, Frankincense, Myrrh, Petit Grain, Orange, Sage, and Rose.
Here are several ways of using Spikenard essential oil
Steam inhalation is done by adding 2-3 drops of spikenard to a bowl of freshly boiled water. Isolate the steam towards you by placing a small towel on your head while inhaling the steam. Repeat as needed.
Using spikenard as massage oil is one of the most favorite methods because you can directly feel the relaxing effect on the physical body. Add 15-20 drops of spikenard oil to 1 oz of a carriel oil. Massaging the body with spikenard can regulate the blood circulation and fight off free radicals.
Add a few drops of spikenard to a burner, diffuser, or vaporizer if you want the aroma to spread in the room.
To deodorize the air, bedsheets, carpets, and towels, you need to use spikenard spray. Just mix together 1 cup of distilled water, 1 tsp of spikenard oil, and 30 ml of 90% alcohol or vodka and put in a spray bottle.
To use spikenard in bath, you can use milk, golden jojoba, or alcohol as dispersant. Dispersant refers to a substance that will disperse the oil on the water surface. Then add 4-6 drops of spikenard oil to the bath. This is good to soothe the body and best done before bedtime.
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