Spikenard essence is one of the many valued aromatic oils used by the ancient Egyptians, for perfume and incense used in festivals and feasts. It is mentioned frequently in the Bible, and is reputed to be the special and costly herb oil used by Mary Magdalene to anoint Christ.
The fragrant root of spikenard, or "nard" as it is sometimes called, is still used in herbal remedies today, but has been partially forgotten in our time. It has antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore can be used to heal wounds or skin conditions. The scent is reputed to be calming and sedating. Spikenard may have immune system boosting qualities and properties similar to ginseng, but more research needs to be done on this herb before internal use.
Do not use internally, and keep out of the reach of children, as insufficient evidence is available about uses and cautions for this herb.
Be sure of the identity of any plant before you use it. If a preparation makes you sick or gives you a rash, don't use it, and throw it away! If your condition does not improve, see your doctor. Be sure to let your physician know EVERYTHING that you are taking!
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