In Song of Solomon 1:2 spikenard is described as a royal aroma. In verse 4:13-14 it is described as a desired plant and is listed among the others of highest value. King Solomon valued the greatest treasures within his gardens, and spikenard very much had a place within its walls. Besides the gardens, spikenard appears in Mark 14:3-9, John 12:3-5, and Matthew 26:6-13. These verses describe an event where Mary brings an alabaster jar filled with pure nard oil to Jesus. During this time period, the jar would be worth a typical laborers yearly wage! She then breaks the jar, pouring the oil over the head and feet of Jesus. The woman’s great act of love and sacrifice for Jesus displays total dedication and adoration of Jesus, with no regard to cost. We too have been called to live so saturated in love and adoration for our Savior that we abandon any earthly cost in pursuit of a wholly dedicated life.
When you are wearing this oil, let the scent remind you that this oil was a favorite of your King’s. This oil was used as a sacrifice that pleased him deeply. Remember though, that it was not a sacrifice of the oil itself, but rather the act of the sacrifice given to him. How can you sacrifice for the Lord today? What can you lay down for the sake of the Lord? Let this oil be a reminder to you to constantly be taking your thoughts and actions captive for the Lord, living for His statutes all of your days.
Spikenard has a deep aromatic scent filled with earthy and woodsy undertones. It is relaxing and grounding. Spikenard can ease your mind and give a sense of contentment and security. Try diffusing a few drops of this fragrant oil to fill your home with this royal fragrance. You may also use this as a perfume, just as it was used in the Bible.