24 November 2008

Spikenard essential oil is highly regarded as a calming, sedative, stabilizing oil. The rhizome of the tender aromatic herb, which are covered by a tuft of soft light-brown 'rootlets', yields the plant's essential oil.

Spikenard was very precious in ancient times, used only by kings, priests and high initiates in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Hindu civilizations. One of Spikenard's biblical references is that of Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus with the oil before the last supper: "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."

Botanical Name
Nardostachys jatamansi

Native to the Hymalayan mountains, the plant grows wild in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim, at elevations between 11,000 and 17,000 feet

Golden Yellow


Perfumery Note

Earthy, woody, harsh, musty

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong

Extraction Method
Extracted using steam distillation process

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Bornyl acetate, isobornyl valerianate, borneol, patchouli aclochol, terpinyl valerianate, jonon, tetramenthyloxatricylodecanol, menthylthymyl-ether and 1,8-cineol

Therapeutic Properties
Anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, antiseptic, calmative, sedative, laxative and tonic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Rashes, wrinkles, cuts, insomnia, migraines, wounds
  • Spikenard oil an be supportive for conditions of anxiety, skin allergies
  • Has been traditionally been used for spiritual release, its sedative effect and as a skin tonic
  • Spikenard essential oil's use in modern aromatherapy is often one of regulating the actions of the nervous system and the heart. The psychological effects pertain mainly to the heart-center and ethereal soul
  • With it's warm and earthy aroma, Spikenard helps sooth the deepest forms of anxiety, and like Myrrh, can instill a profound sense of peace
  • External application of Spikenard invokes its sedative effect - try rubbing gently over the heart and solar plexus
  • Spikenard Oil may also be supportive in cases of allergic skin reactions, and can sooth, nourish, and regenerate the skin for some people
  • Spikenard oil has been noted to be one of the few essential oils to assist with dandruff
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
  • Those with epilepsy are to use with caution
Blend With
Pine Oil, Lavender Oil, Patchouli Oil, and Vetiver Oil and spice oils


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