Spikenard - Nardostachys jatamansi

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Known in biblical times as Nard, this oil was used in religious ceremonies as it was believed to instill inner peace and nourish the soul. It is used in aromatherapy today to relax states of agitation and to rejuvenate mature skin. It is an effective oil to prevent premature ageing of the skin. Strengthening, rejuvenating and unifying. 

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County of Origin Nepal
Botanical Family Valerianaceae
Therapeutic Properties Anti-anxiety, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, CNS tonic, Insect repellent, Sedative
Chemical Family Sesquiterpenes
Approx. Shelf Life 8 years
Plant Parts Root
Note Classification Base
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, Vetiver, and Spice Oils.

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History: Spikenard was one of the early aromatics used by the ancient Egyptians and is mentioned in the Bible in Song of Solomon, and in the Book of John where Mary used it to anoint the feet of Jesus. It has also been used historically by wealthy Roman women in perfumes and beauty preparations.

Characteristics: Spikenard has an earthy, harsh wood like smell that is slightly musty.

Clinical Studies:

Indications: Spikenard is used by aromatherapists for rashes, wrinkles, cuts, insomnia, migraines, and wounds.

Personality Profile:

Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Bath, compress, inhaler, massage, mist spray, perfume.

Safety: Spikenard should be avoided during pregnancy.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2017
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopedia Britannica. USA, 2014
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Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease. 
All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  
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    Spikenard - Nardostachys jatamansi

    Spikenard - Nardostachys jatamansi

    Not available.
    Known in biblical times as Nard, this oil was used in religious ceremonies as it was believed to instill inner peace and nourish the soul. It is used in aromatherapy today to relax states of agitation and to rejuvenate mature skin. It is an effective oil to prevent premature ageing of the skin. Strengthening, rejuvenating and unifying. 

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