The spikenard plant is native to the Himalayas, India, and China, and reaches 3 feet in height. It has pink, bell-shaped flowers and hairy spikes that shoot out from its roots.
This beneficial plant has a sweet, spicy, and heavy odor, and offers a myriad of health benefits. The spikenard essential oil is derived from this plant, and it cures digestive issues, insomnia, reduces stress, and more.
Here are 8 of its uses:
1. Boosts the Immune System
Spikenard essential oil acts as a natural antioxidant and strengthens the immune system and reduces oxidative stress. Moreover, it treats inflammation and lowers blood pressure by dilating the arteries.
2. Relieves Inflammation
Inflammation is the leading cause of most diseases and conditions. According to the findings of a 2010study, this essential oil reduces the severity of two inflammatory conditions, acute pancreatitis, and pancreatitis-associated lung injury. Spikenard essential oil treats inflammation throughout the body, and relieves asthma and arthritis symptoms.
3. Fights Bacteria and Fungus
This essential oil has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which accelerate the healing of wounds and treat infections. Its topical application treats athlete’s foot and toenail fungus as well, and it is helpful in the treatment of food poisoning.
4. Protects the Uterus and Ovaries
The traditional Ayurvedic medicine used it as a stimulant to purify the uterus and promote menstruation. This oil cleanses the ovaries and uterus by stimulating the release of estrogen and progesterone. It also relieves PMS symptoms, like bloating and painful cramps.
5. Relieves Constipation
Spikenard essential oil has natural laxative properties which help digestion, relieve constipation, and treat all kinds of digestive distress, such as fatigue, bloating and gas.
6. Promotes Hair Growth
In 2011, researchers have found that this oil stimulates hair growth, and its beneficial compounds slow down the graying of hair and retain the natural color. To treat hair loss, apply it topically on the scalp or add 5-10 drops of this essential oil to your natural conditioner.
7. Relaxes the Body and Mind
Spikenard essential oil has potent sedative qualities and reduces stress, calms anger, aggression, and restlessness. Diffuse it at home and enjoy its mind and body relaxing properties.
8. Treats Insomnia
Its sedative properties treat insomnia and sleeping difficulties. Just diffuse it at bedtime and it will lower blood pressure, calm your mind and body, treat anxiety, and help you get a sound sleep.