Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard essential oil comes from a very rare plant that is usually blended with olive oil for anointing acts of consecration, dedication, and worship. The Greek word for Spikenard means genuine or pure.

There are three accounts in the Scriptures of Yeshua being anointed with Spikenard, found in Luke 7:36-38, Mark 14:3 and in John 12:1-3.[1]

Pure Spikenard is a very costly spice and the word nard, used in the King James Version, is from the Hebrew word nard meaning light.  The Scriptures describe Yeshua in Mark 9:3, when He was transfigured and His whiteness was beyond any earthly whiteness.[2]

Those desiring to become the spotless Bride of Messiah must walk in purity and light, burying sins at the stake.  With His life broken, He doesn’t leave believers alone to waste away. Instead, the oil, symbolic of the inner working of the Ruach HaKodesh, has been poured out, so believers can live a life that is rich with a sweet, heavenly fragrance.  Song of Solomon 1:12 says, While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.

The King is sitting, symbolic of His finished work at the cross. He invites His Bride to come and join Him for a feast at His table. Here is a picture of the Bride and her fragrance is emanating out of her spirit in worship to the King’s provision. It is a heavenly fragrance all should possess.

spikenard alabaster jarSolomon’s prophecy was fulfilled a thousand years later in John 12:3, where the Bible tells how Spikenard was used to anoint Yeshua, the pure and spotless Lamb, just days before His death and burial: 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.

Some of the disciples were very indignant with the waste of costly oil, as it may have cost this woman as much as a whole year’s wages. But Yeshua rebuked them and said she had done a good work, preparing Him for His death.  And her deed would be remembered wherever the Gospel would be preached.

Therapeutic/Medicinal Uses

Spikenard essential oil is known to be antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, a deodorant, and a skin tonic. It aids in Candida, insomnia, menstrual difficulties, migraines, nausea, rashes, and scar tissues. Spikenard is 93% sesquiterpenes in content, and can erase incorrect information in the DNA or cellular memory.[3]

Dr. Dietrich Gumbel has reported Spikenard being helpful with the heart and circulatory system.[4] It is very relaxing and acts as a natural sedative.


[1]The Life of Jesus Christ Collectors Edition, Disc 1.  Courtesy of Diamond Entertainment, copyrighted.

[2] Totilo, Rebecca Park. The Hebrew Wedding Customs.  2005.

[3] Essential Oils Desk Reference.  Essential Science Publishing.  Page 72.

[4] Dietrich Gumbel, Ph.D.