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Spotlight On Spikenard

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Spikenard essential oil has been used since ancient times, noted in the Christian bible as a rare and precious oil. It is now a critically endangered species due to over harvesting and its difficulty to cultivate. It still grows in the Himalayas and is also known as Indian nard.

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) is a plant species that is native to the Himalayas, and is known for its fragrant essential oil that is extracted from its roots. There are different species of spikenard, with Nardostachys jatamansi and Nardostachys grandiflora being the most commonly used for essential oil production.

Both species of spikenard are known for their grounding, calming and relaxing properties, and are often used in aromatherapy to promote emotional balance and to help with sleep. However, Nardostachys jatamansi is considered to be the more commonly used species, and is known to have a stronger, earthy aroma with a slightly sweeter note compared to Nardostachys grandiflora.

Overall, it’s important to note that while different species of spikenard may have slight variations in their properties, they are generally considered to have similar therapeutic benefits.

Aromatherapy Clinic’s in-house aromatherapist, John, has created the Monthly Comfort blend which includes spikenard as the main ingredient. Spikenard is used to relieve muscle contractions, muscle spasms, neuralgia, insomnia, and other symptoms related to the menstrual cycle. It can be applied to the abdomen or ankles within 1-3 days before the menstrual cycle begins. Note that spikenard essential oil should not be used around pregnant women as it may cause the body to start a period or menstrual cycle.

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