Spikenard Essential Oil

Latin Nardostachys jatamansi – Family Valerianaceae

spikenardSpikenard, related to Valerian, is sometimes referred to in short as “nard”. The oil is also likewise referred to as False Indian Valerian Root oil.

Spikenard should not to be confused with Spike Lavender.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Pale yellow to amber
Viscosity – Medium
Scent – Warm, peaty, musty, heavy, woody, spicy
Perfume Aroma – Middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Herb
Parts Used – Root / rhizome
Countries of Origin – India, Bhutan, Japan, Nepal, China
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Valeranone, jonon, tetramethyloxatricylodecanol, cineol 1,8, bornyl acetate, isobornyl valerianate, borneol, patchouli alcohol, terpinyl valerianate, terpineol, eugenol

Applications and Uses

Spikenard is used in aromatherapy.

Spikenard blends well with

Precautions / Contraindications

See Essential Oils Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

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