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- Nardostachys jatamansi
- Wild Grown
About the Oil: One of the oldest, rarest and most precious of oils, Spikenard Essential Oil is highly regarded as a calming, sedative, stabilizing oil. This is a beautiful, pungent and rich Spikenard oil with a unique, sweet, earthy, warm and deep aroma.
Note: CO2 extracts generally include some larger molecules compared to their steam-distilled counterparts. Some may not be suitable for use in a nebulizing diffuser (unless blended with a thinner oil) – though most will be just fine in an ‘ultrasonic’ unit. Learn more about CO2 extracts on our Making Essential Oils page.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
A native species to the mountainous regions of northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim, at elevations between 11,000 and 17,000 feet, Spikenard is a tender aromatic herb that typically only reaches a height of 3 feet. A member of the Valerian family, it has many similar medicinal proper-ties to that of Indian Valerian root.
Nardostachys jatamansi is an endangered plant due to its widespread use and to unsustainable harvesting practices. This Spikenard oil is ethically wildcrafted from sustainably harvested plants in Nepal.
ABOUT THE OIL
Rare and precious, this essential oil is steam distilled from the dried 'rootlets' of Spikenard plants wild grown in Nepal.
Spikenard oil is similar in quality to Valerian, but is considered preferable because it is less dulling in its effects and possesses a sweeter and more pleasant fragrance.
Spikenard was very precious in ancient times, used only by kings, priests and high initiates in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Hindu civilizations. In this vein it was used as an aid in spiritual release, and for its calming effects for meditation.
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."
The best women perfumers of ancient Greece and the famous 'ungentarii' of Rome used Spikenard oil to create one of the most renowned perfumes and wine flavoring agents of the time called 'nardinum'.
- reduces redness
- diminishes swelling
- neutralizes insects
- neutralizes fungus
- neutralizes microbes
- Especially good for mature skin, rashes, and dry scalp.
- reduces body temperature
- relaxes cramping
- stimulates the digestive system
- relaxes cramping
- settles digestion
- increases absorption in the intestines
- promotes normal peristalsis
- assists the body's natural eliminatory response
- reduces nausea
- promotes urination
- helps maintain kidney action
- stimulates circulation in the extremities
- relaxes cramping
- may help slow heavy menstruation
- helps stabilize and balance emotions
- promotes sleep
- calms the nervous system
- relieves stress
- Jatamansi is among the more revered herbs in Ayurvedic healing. From an Ayurvedic perspective, Jatamansi is a supreme remedy for problems caused by Vata (Wind), which causes deterioration of tissue, depletes energy and creates dryness, fatigue and persistent dissatisfaction. By balancing ""wind,"" Spikenard oil will greatly assist in slowing down the overly active mind and will support tranquility and peacefulness. Spikenard oil is also cooling in nature and therefore is good for some Pitta (fire) related problems, especially those of the mind (such as anger and rage).
- Described as the ultimate essential oil to find inner balance in the emotional, spiritual and physical interplay of energies, Spikenard essential oil's use in modern aromatherapy is most often in regulating the actions of the NERVOUS SYSTEM and the heart. Its psychological effects pertain mainly to the heartcenter and ethereal soul. With its warm and earthy aroma, Spikenard helps sooth the deepest forms of anxiety, and like Myrrh, can instill a profound sense of peace. It's comforting and grounding properties help one work through and release subconscious trauma, and is therefore one of the most important herbal medicines for dealing with grief after losing a loved one. It can also be used to anoint those who are transitioning from life to death.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- massage, compress, bath, skincare
- Spikenard oil may also be supportive in cases of allergic skin reactions, and can sooth, nourish, balance, and regenerate the skin. Spikenard oil has also been noted as one of the few essential oils that can assist with dandruff. For this purpose, add a few drops to shampoo or conditioner.
- To employ Spikenard's reputed sedative effects apply neat (undiluted) or in a carrier oil to the chest and solar plexus.
- Do not take Spikenard essential oil internally
This Spikenard essential oil has a green, moderately powerful medicinal and herbaceous top note, slightly spiced and sweet middle notes of clove and ginger with deep, rich earth, wet wood and dried leaf undertones.
Spikenard essential oil blends well with: Pine, Lavender, Patchouli, and Vetiver oil.
Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Avoid if you are epileptic.