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“Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and announced the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” – John 12:3.

Nard is #spikenard, and the amount she used was worth $30,000. Today, pure spikenard retails for $54 per 5 ml bottle — that translates to $6,469.20 today.

In Egypt, it is called Kyphi, and was used to calm fear and anxiety. It’s known as “false valerian” because historically, spikenard promoted good sleep. 

In India, it was used medicinally and to support the regeneration of skin. In essential oil classes, we learn that the feet are one of the best places for application, because the feet have large pores and all of the body systems cycle through the feet. This means the oil is absorbed and distributed to the lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and other systems. Spikenard is high in sesquiterpenes, and supports normal brain function.

Take note that Mary washed the feet of Jesus the week before he was killed, when He (and soon her brother Lazarus) was being hunted by the high priests. I believe both Lazarus and Jesus were ministered to by this act.  Thanks to pastor John Hoppe for including historical facts in his messages! 

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