Spikenard essential oil has many health benefits which can be attributed to its properties as uterine, sedative, laxative, deodorant, anti – inflammatory, anti – fungal and antibacterial substance. In the traditional medicine this plant has been used for the skin and the female reproductive organs such as ovaries and uterus. This essential oil has earthy and somewhat wet and soil – like smell, which resembles to the smell of moss and this, is a reason why it is used in the aromatherapy as a calming and sedative agent. In the Indian Subcontinent spikenard is very famous plant which is also known as Jatamansi and it is widely used in the herbal medicine. There are several herbal and medicinal preparations which are based on this plant and they can be found on the market, particularly in India and a few of its neighboring countries. Spikenard is native to Nepal. In the botanical terminology spikenard is known as Nardostachys jatamansi. The spikenard essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the resin obtained from spikenard. The chief components of spikenard essential oil are valeranone, valeranal, valerianol, nardostachone, nardol, jatamanshinic acid, dihydroazulenes, coumarin, clalarenol, calarene and aristolene. There are no inherent threats from the spikenard essential oil. It is non – toxic and non – irritating.
Spikenard essential oil benefits
Boosts uterine health: Spikenard essential oil is used as depurative for ovaries and uterus. It can stimulate the ovaries and uterus and the secretion of hormones like progesterone and estrogen, which can help to maintain the proper health and reproductive capabilities of the mentioned organs.
Promotes healthy sleep: There are some studies in which are said that spikenard is well – known sedative. It can help to maintain the psychological, mental and physical balance. It sedates feelings of panic, anger and anxiety. Also this essential oil sedates in the nervous and digestive system, stress, depression, convulsions, nervous afflictions and irritations. Spikenard essential oil can sedate cardiac problems such as restlessness and abnormal palpitations. These relaxing and sedating effects of spikenard essential oil can help people who suffer from insomnia to get a healthy sleep.
Spikenard essential oil uses
Acts as a laxative: Improper excretion or constipation is the root of almost 70% of ailments that we suffer from. It is psychologically and mentally disturbing as well. Laxatives can help in this problem. But the synthetic laxatives are very harsh on the entire excretory and digestive system and they dry out the inner walls of the digestive tract, the excretory tracts and the intestines by washing out the mucus membrane.
Reduces inflammation: This property of the spikenard essential oil is inherited by its essential oils. It can fight nearly all sorts of inflammations whether they affect the respiratory, digestive or nervous systems.
Eliminates odor: Spikenard essential oil has mossy and earthy fragrance is pleasant to nostrils and the mind. It is very soothing to mind and nerves. It can give you a comfortable feeling. This is a reason why this fragrance is used as a deodorant. Spikenard essential oil is not harsh and it does not give you allergies or headaches like man synthetic deodorants will do.
Prevents bacterial infections: This property of the spikenard essential oil is making it a potent home remedy for many skin ailments which are caused by bacterial infections. It works on the skin and also it can help terminate the bacterial growth which is inside the body. You can apply spikenard essential oil on your wounds to protect them from bacterial infections and it is very effective in curing bacterial infections in the kidneys, urinary bladder and urethra as well as in the treatment of tetanus, septic, food poisoning, cholera and Athlete’s Foot.
Skin care: This property of spikenard essential oil in a combination with the antibacterial property is making it an effective skin agent. It can help to cure ailments that are caused by fungal infections on the skin and inside the body such as psoriasis, deformation in the skin, itching, patches on the skin, dermatitis and food poisoning by fungus.