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.

Humidifier Vaporizer

Essential oils like peppermint, lemon, orange or frankincense make ideal additions to humidifiers or vaporizers.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Essential Oils in the Bible

There are many references to precious oils in the Bible, some of them considered as valuable as gold. Little is known about their production methods and uses. Oils such as frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, hyssop and spikenard were used for anointing and healing. The three wise men of the New Testament story brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Jesus of Nazareth. Today, frankincense is thought to be one of the most strong immune stimulating substances…perhaps the three wise men were on to something.

Recent excavation of the ancient city, Gilead, has unearthed the remains of a building that was probably used for the manufacture of balsam oil, the famous "balm of Gilead" noted in Jeremiah 8:22. It was thought to be nearly miraculous in its ability to heal.

So precious was this oil to the commerce of Gilead, the exact manufacturing process was kept a closely guarded secret. So much so, archaeologists uncovered an inscription carved into the floor of a local synagogue that reads, "Whoever reveals the secret of the village to the gentiles, the one whose eyes roam over the entire earth and see's what is concealed will uproot this person and his seed from under the sun."

When Joseph's brothers tried to sell him to a caravan passing by, the camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, purchased in Gilead, on their way to Egypt (Genesis 37:25).

It wasn't until 1907 that modern day Scientists began to research essential oils. However, pharmaceutical companies today avoid producing and marketing essential oils, because naturally occurring products are not patentable in the U.S. World history richly records the use of essential oils as a means to stave off disease and illness. As modern day "super bugs" have their way with man-made antibiotics, more and more people are turning to the past to find the answers they seek for health and wellness. As they search, they are finding essential oils to be the one source mankind has faithfully depended on over the millennium.

Back Pain

Can you recommend a specific oil for aching back muscles, lower back in particular, although I imagine where on the back doesn't matter. I have some Pan Away from Young Living. Anything else? Thanks...When besides aching muscles would one use a compress?



Consider the following oils thought to be helpful for sore muscles: Roman chamomile, wintergreen, peppermint. Personally, I find success using a blend of German chamomile (3 drops), Eucalyptus (3 drops), Ginger (2 drops), Black pepper (1 drop), Lavender (20 drops) in an ounce of carrier oil massaged lightly into the pain area.


Angelica asks...

Aloha ... my 3 favourite scents are rose, sandlewood and amber -- I've always wanted a perfume with this combination... would you please give me an idea on how to create it?

Blessings to you, Angelica


Hi Angelica,

Amber is a highly prized fragrance for its warm and exotic aroma. It is a tree resin and is usually commercially available in a base of something like sunflower, or another oil - or in its hard resin form. I mention this because if you can get Amber Essential Oil (probably mixed with a carrier oil) it would be really easy for you to add a few drops of your other two favorites, sandlewood and rose to the pre-mixed Amber Essential Oil for a really beautiful blend.

Let me know if you need guidance finding any of the oils.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Rub 1-3 drops on desired location after diluting with a carrier oil. There are a few oils that are suitable for direct application without dilution. This will depend on the oil and the skin sensitivity at that location. Cover with a hot, damp towel and let rest for 10-30 minutes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bath or Shower

Add up to 10 drops of Essential Oil to your bath water, or use 2-3 drops on a washcloth. Add 3 to 6 drops of essential oil to an unscented shower gel. Be sure to disperse evenly to prevent the stronger oils from stinging sensitive areas. The same technique can be used with your favorite shampoo to add conditioning benefits.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Perfume or Cologne

High grade essential oils are natural, refreshing alternatives to synthetic fragrances and deodorants and less likely to cause allergic reactions. Floral oils are specifically long lasting and invigorating as perfumes. Experiment with different blends to customize your own personal scent.