Yoga & Aromatherapy

Spikenard Oil (Nardostachys Jatamansi)

Spikenard OilSeptember (for those of us living in the Northern hemisphere) means an end to the summer, as we begin to look forward to autumn. It also marks the end of the holiday season, as the new term and new academic years begin.
So, it’s a busy month and one of endings and new beginnings. In order to keep us grounded and relaxed this month, try using some Spikenard oil (nardostachys jatamansi). Known as the Indian valerian, this sweet and earthy oil is wonderfully soothing and will help ease any new term or new school anxiety.
Place one drop of Spikenard oil on a tissue and keep in your pocket and use as and when you need it: take it out and inhale deeply and let the deep spicy aromas calm and relax you and soothe any nerves.
Spikenard oil has long been used in natural healing by the Greeks and the Egyptians and is mentioned over 10 times in the Bible. It was a highly prized oil and very expensive; it was the oil that Mary used to anoint the feet of Jesus at the last supper.
It helps promote mental peace, harmony and truthfulness, which makes it a lovely oil to use in any spiritual or healing practice. Place a couple of drops in a diffuser before your practice and allow the Spikenard oil to help bring you a sense of inner peace. It will also help move you into a deeper meditative state and enhance your meditations. Relax and enjoy!
Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Julia White is a yoga teacher and aromatherapist (

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