Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spikenard essential oil or Spikenard oil

Spikenard essential oil, nardostachys grandiflora, has a sweet-woody, spicy-animal odor. The oil was also used by the Roman perfumers, in the preparation of nardinum, one of their most celebrated oils. Spikenard oil is one of the early aromatics used by the ancient Egyptians and is mentioned in the Song of Solomon in the Bible, as well as being the herb Mary used to anoint Jesus before the Last Supper.
Spikenard, nardostachys grandiflora, is a tender aromatic herb with a pungent rhizome root. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the dried and crushed rhizome and roots. It was also an herb known to be warming and drying, good for nausea, flatulent indigestion, menstrual problems, inflammations and conjunctivitis. Spikenard essential oil has been used for allergies, inflammation, mature skin (rejuvenating), rashes, insomnia, nervous indigestion, migraine, stress and tension. Spikenard is native to mountainous regions of northern India; also China and Japan.
Spikenard essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: labdanum, lavender, oakmoss, patchouli, pine needle, vetiver and spice oils.
Spikenard oil cautions - Non toxic, non irritant, non-sensitizing.
Spikenard oil properties - Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, laxative, sedative, tonic.

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