This endangered plant has legendary mental and mood-balancing effects. It is referenced biblically, medically, and in literature. Best known in Ayurvedic medicine, Indian practitioners have spent centuries unlocking its benefits. It is listed in Pliny’s Natural History, an encyclopedia considered one of Rome’s greatest surviving texts. In the Bible Mary Magdelene anointed Jesus’ feet in the hours before his death with a bottle of spikenard worth a year’s wages. Its biblical and cognitive value led some Christians to claim spikenard as the “tree of knowledge” Adam and Eve were enticed by in the garden of Eden. Homer also mentions spikenard in the Iliad as the oil Achilles used to anoint Patroclus.
Spikenard is a foundational herb in the Ayurvedic system. It has a long-standing role as the primary treatment for epilepsy and is also used for hysteria, insomnia, and convulsions. It’s believed a mental tonic that may manage debilitating psychological conditions still common today as well as acute exhaustion cases like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Ayurveda has long celebrated this protective and sacred herb, and scientific communities have recently begun to understand why.
Today’s research suggests a variety of applications to social and societal issues. It is one of few herbs claiming special benefits to youth cognition, perhaps even in childhood hyperactivity. It’s thought comparable to the cognitive enhancer Piracetam in restoring the elderly’s cognition and boosting that of the young. It’s called neuroprotective, meaning it may protect neurons against degradation – and could have similar effects on the cardiovascular system and pancreas. Simultaneously a psychostimulant and anti-depressant, spikenard has fascinated mental health researchers. Evidence also supports anti-fatigue, epileptic, and cataleptic benefits. Users have found spikenard useful for settling emotions, tension, and anxiety. It also has been known to aid in replacing resentment with acceptance and compassion and nourishing the spirit.
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- Common Name: Spikenard
- Botanical Name: Nardostachys grandiflora jatamansi
- Country of Origin: Nepal
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Roots
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