Spikenard Essential Oil – Nardostachys jatamansi – is also referred to as Nard oil is a amber coloured essential oil which is mainly grown and processed in the Himalayas of Nepal were it grows wild and India. Not a commonly used oil but a valuable addition to your essential oil collection.
Spikenard Essential Oil is an ancient oil which was used as a perfume, for traditional herbal medicine, as a soothing oil and as an incense in religious and spiritual ceremonies. Used in the Ayurvedic tradition in India since ancient times and obtained as a luxury item in ancient Egypt.
Nard oil is referenced in the Old ad New Testaments of the Bible. “Then took Mary a pond 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.” – John 12:3 (KJV).
The oil is produced from the rhizomes which are crushed and steam distilled making a very viscous – dense – amber oil. The aroma has been described as intensely rich, spicy, woody, earthy (as like Vetiver it comes from the root system) and highly aromatic with a slight peppery back note.
Spikenard blends well with Lavender, Honeysuckle, Sandalwood and if blended with a light carrier oil like Macadamia oil, can be quite exotic when massaged into the skin. Used i Aromatherapy although sparingly as the oil can sometimes be difficult to get in large quantities as in many areas it is designated as an endangered species..
Diffuse Spikenard in a diffuser either on it’s own or with other oils like citrus to produce a very unusual aroma for any occasion. Use the oil sparingly in a diffuser as it can over power other essential oils if blended.
This oil can be used for relaxation and calming, meditation and just really making you feel good.
Main plant chemical compounds are: acaciin, nardosinonediol, oleanolic acid, beta-sitoserol.
Spikenard is associated with the Root Chakra.