The Spiritual Connection: Spikenard Essential Oil
And [Christ] being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:44, KJV
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I was surprised to read that spikenard essential oil (Nardostachys grandiflora) belongs to the same family as valerian. I also read that it is used to overcome the misuse of the will and feelings of power over authority figures. Isn't that interesting?
We know that Christ wrestled in the garden of Gethsemane... his human nature shrank from the horrors that he knew he would have to endure. I have no doubt he was sorely tempted to abandon the plan to be our sacrifice. Why should he die for these ungrateful, hateful beings? It makes me wonder if the spikenard that he was anointed with aided Him during this trial. What do you think?