Friday, November 13, 2009

Spikenard in the Bible

Nardostachys jatamansi

"There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat". - Matthew 26-6

It was a custom to honor guests by anointing their head or feet with spikenard (Lock of hair). Jesus was anointed twice with spikenard the week before he died (Matthew 26:6-7 and John 12:1-3) The fragrance from the essential oil is often used today to relieve fear and anxiety and in the past to prepare the body for burial. Spikenard was very precious in ancient times, used only by kings, priests and high initiates. One of Spikenard's biblical references is that of Mary Magdalene anointing the feet of Jesus with the oil before the last supper: "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of Spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

"Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:12, 4:13-14, Mark 14:3, John 12:3, Luke 7:36-38, John 12:1-3

Spikenard essential oil is regarded as calming, sedative, and stabilizing oil. The root of the tender aromatic herb yields the plant's essential oil. Native to the Himalayan Mountains, the plant grows wild in Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim, at elevations between 11,000 and 17,000 feet. With it's warm and earthy aroma, Spikenard helps sooth anxiety, and like Myrrh, can instill a profound sense of peace.

External application of Spikenard invokes its sedative effect - try rubbing gently over the heart and solar plexus. Spikenard Oil may also be supportive in cases of allergic skin reactions, and can sooth, nourish, and regenerate the skin for some people. Spikenard oil has been used to assist with dandruff.

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