Spikenard Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Nardastachus jatamansi
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Root
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Heavy, sweet-woody, spicy-animal odor, somewhat similar to valerian oil
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Traditional Use: Mostly used in the fragrance industry. It is also known for its healing properties.
Properties: Antibiotic, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, laxative, sedative, tonic
Benefits: Anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, mature skin, menstrual problems, migraine, nervous indigestion, rashes, stress, tension. In perfumery it is used as a fixative. It may also be used as a substitute for valerian.
Blends Well With: Cistus, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, vetiver
Of Interest: Spikenard has many biblical references. It is one of the eleven herbs burned in the holy temple. It is also mentioned in the Song of Solomon.
Safety Data: Generally considered safe.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).