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Spikenard
Blessing and Protection

Known simply as 'Nard', Spikenard (nardostachys jatamansi) is native to the mountainous regions of Northern India, Nepal and China. Essential oil is steam-distilled from the rhizome root of this pungently aromatic herb of the Valerian family. Its earthy-musky fragrance, helps us to find our center and balance, instills calm and fearlessness as it soothes our deepest anxieties and prepares us to step forward. Among those who work in palliative and hospice care, Spikenard is known to help release fears of the unknown, and ease the transition from life to death.

Spiritually, Spikenard offers us the opportunity of forgiveness, and is also believed to inspire devotion. As one of the oldest of the sacred oils, it was traditionally used to anoint persons of high honor as a blessing and for protection.

Therapeutically, it is used in Tibetan healing incenses, and in Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine for its sedative and anti-fungal properties. In Ancient Egypt, Nard was a highly-prized and costly component of perfumes, and was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Our Spikenard essential oil comes from Nepal and is featured in our Natural Nourishing hand and foot salve, Skin Salv-ation.