Warm, woody, and earthy, Spikenard essential oil just might be the missing heady aroma in your essential oil collection! In aromatherapy, Spikenard oil is popular for:
- Offering peace of mind.
- Encouraging sound serenity.
- Helping during occasional times of stress and tension.
What is Spikenard?
A plant of many names, spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) is also commonly known as nard, muskroot, and jatamansi. It is closely related to valerian, though its earthy, organic scent is less potent than valerian’s well-known aroma. This fragrant flowering plant is native to the mountainous regions of China, India, and Nepal, where it can be found clinging to rocky cliffs and stony, grassy slopes. Its flowers can be white, rose, or purple, and cluster at the top of a single stem in a bell-shape.
Spikenard boasts an impressively long history, with use dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans and a longstanding important role in Ayurveda. It was used as incense for the Egyptians, and the Romans fancied its oil in perfumery. It is also a Biblical plant, mentioned in the Song of Solomon and used by Mary Magdalene to anoint Christ. Over time, spikenard has seen use for the skin, as a spice, in beauty applications, perfumery, and as incense.
Spikenard Essential Oil
Spikenard essential oil is steam distilled from the rhizome of the plant. In fact, the rhizome is so fragrant that simply pulling it from the ground fills the air with its warm, woody aroma! A heady, organic, earthy aroma, spikenard essential oil helps to offer peace of mind and sound serenity while helping to ease occasional stress and tension we all face from time to time.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of aromatherapy possibilities! Other oils that complement spikenard oil’s warm fragrance include: bay, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, cistus, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, neroli, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rose, sandalwood, sweet fennel seed, marjoram, valerian, and vetiver oils.
Piping Rock 100% pure Spikenard Oil is available in 1/2 oz. bottles.
Spikenard Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Spikenard Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its earthy scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Spikenard Oil to ~10 mL of any Piping Rock carrier oil.
Spikenard Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.