I'm feeling very grateful for the beautiful summer, despite the lack of any rain for garden and allotment! One of the nicest oils for engendering gratitude is Spikenard, Nardostachys jatamansi, also known as false Indian valerian root. It is related to the common valerian and shares many of its qualities. Used by the ancient Egyptians as an aromatic it is also the herb used by Mary to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Last Supper.
By helping us to release feelings of negativity, greed, selfishness and low self esteem, Spikenard encourages acceptance of life's ups and downs; enabling us to recognise that challenges are opportunities for learning and growth. It helps us to surrender to the flow of our lives and guides us to a place of peace and serenity.
Particularly useful if you are suffering from situational anxiety, emotional hurt or need to find or give forgiveness; Spikenard is central nervous system tonic; calming, soothing and anti anxiety.
Try this body oil for a lovely burst of contentment and peace!
4 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil
2 drops of Cistus oil
2 drops of Sandalwood oil
1 drop of Spikenard oil
Mix into 50ml of Sweet almond oil and store in a glass bottle.