How did it begin?
It was the 15th of May 2007, Montségur France. We were a group of 16 people on a one week Grail Tour to the land of the Cathare arranged and guided by Lars Muhl.
Montségur Castle on the top of the montain.
Since Lars Muhl, at a humble café at the foot of Montségur in France, put me (Nils Erik Aamann - owner of Nardos Cosmeceuticals A/S) on an exciting challenge to produce the famous biblical oil and salve, I have been on a fantastic quest in order to solve the challenge. We travelled far and wide, to Egypt, back to the Cathare land in France, visiting Salveterre, Rennes le Château and many other places again. It took us into old writings and meetings with many interesting people.
Below Lars and Nils Erik on Salveterre
Below to the left Nils Erik and Lars in the meadow of Prat, in the background the Montségur Castle - to the right the way to the village Montségur.
After I had ascended Montségur for the first time in May 2007 I sat down at a small café at the foot of Montségur for a cup of hot chocolate together with the group and Lars Muhl. Lars asked me about the name on my sweatshirt "Nardos" and I explained that it is my company name, taken from the bible as my company produces crèmes, salves, lotions everything within different emulsions. What could be more real than naming the company after this famous salve?
Lars asked me: Does Nardos then produce this salve? Actually no, but when starting the company in 1980 I have been thinking of it a lot of times but later I ped it in order to survive in a hectic business world. Lars said to me, why not do it now! I must admit this was not what I had in my mind after all these years, but Lars put pressure on me and finally I agreed - hesitantly. Lars asked someone to take a photograph of the hand shake and you can easily see my hesitation on this photo. The reason for my hesitation was the fact that I am quite busy with a success and not survival.
Back on Salveterre - meditation
But now I am really glad I took the challenge. Both because of the adventure I have been on and because the effects of the 2 products constantly surprise me. Today the world is much more open for these kinds of products. When a long time ago I read about anointing kings, holy men and women I did not have the slightest idea of how subtle and powerful an effect the salve really has. I thought it was just a symbolic action to honour a person.
I have used the oil and salve in many ways. The oil mostly on the chakras and the salve on my feet and for skin problems. My feeling during all this has been that the products are like "fire", just to use an ancient indication for remedies (water, fire, air, earth). It is not fire in the sense that the products are physically warming you, but more the fact the products have spiritual catharsis qualities – purifying/cleansing, renewing and stimulating – burning away all the old and needless. It was very confirming for me later on to read in the Gnostic writing in the gospel of Philip, that the anointings are referred to as fire (67,5-9 57,27-28).
In the Bible Nardos is the Greek word for the salve and in the Roman the word is Nardus (meaning aromatic) and the English version is Nard. The Salve and Oil are named after
a precious plant Nardostachys Jatamansi which also is called false Valerian (Baldrian).
The plant is called in English by the name of Spikenard. It is found in the Himalaya region of 3000 to 4500 meters height. It does not look like our Baldrian. The tubers that are found beneath the ground are red — brown colour and have hair like roots covering all the area of tuber. The leaves are pointed with hairs. Our Baldrian has thin tangled roots, a square stem and digitated lobed leaves. However the smell reminds of Baldrian. But Nardostachys Jatamansi contents a lot of other interesting things and in Ayurvedic traditions, the plant was highly appreciated used in connection with mediation, better memory, auricular fibrillation, different nervous unbalances, meno pause, insomnia, mental unstableness, hysteria, restlessness, epilepsy, against aggressiveness and ultra active children. Emotionally this oil is reserved for deep seated grief or old pain.
We can wonder how this precious herb came from Himalaya to Egypt?
The trade roads were better at that time than we can imagine. The Egyptians bought from the Arabs who again bought from North India. The route passed through the northern part of Iran, Syria and Iraq. Of course such a transport was expensive and therefore the Nardostachys Jatamansi was a very expensive plant in Egypt. Personally I think that the old Vedas from India have had a big influence on the bible history at that time, going to Egypt and much further.
Besides the Nardostachys Jatamansi the Salve and Oil contain other interesting herbs mentioned in the Bible. Both the Oil and Salve contain the same amount of extracts in order to be true to old formulations. Maybe you wonder how the two products can contain exactly the same amount? Because smelling to the products the Salve has the strongest fragrance. But knowing how emulsions are working it is not so strange. Oil will cover, coat the fragrance, whereas oil in water emulsion (means oil inside water) will release the fragrances because the extracts are in the external part of the emulsion. It is a little technical but I hope you will understand.