Sunday, February 22, 2009

Spikenard for Restful Sleep


"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment." (John -- Chapter 12:3)

This famous passage in the New Testament describes how Mary Magdalene (or Mary of Bethany, depending on who you believe) anointed Jesus' feet. She was chastised for this because the oil was considered so precious it cost what an average worker made in a year. But Jesus defended her, claiming Mary had done him a great service in preparing him for death, and insisted that she be remembered forever more because of it.

What service did she render him? This is a subject of great controversy but one point that I think is important is in the oil itself. Not only did she honor him with an essential oil normally reserved for kings, she chose one with some of the greatest healing properties available for engendering trust and releasing anxiety, grief or emotional pain. It instills a deeply grounded feeling of peace. It is used to help with insomnia, in childbirth, and to ease one's transition from life into death.

Spikenard came to mind today because I just renewed my listing for my Restful Sleep formula on Etsy.com. Spikenard is one of the key ingredients in that formula. It's still considered a precious oil, one of the most expensive ones I use, but it's worth it! Mama Love for Restful Sleep is also available on my Mama Love website by clicking here.

1 comment:

Howling Caterpillars said...

Very cool...I remember the story...never thought about what the oil was made from...