Spikenard Essential Oil
Latin Nardostachys jatamansi – Family Valerianaceae
Spikenard, 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
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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