Spikenard Essential Oil

spikenardLatin 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

Uses of Spikenard

Spikenard is used in aromatherapy.

Spikenard blends well with

  • clary sage
  • clove bud
  • cypress
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • juniper
  • labdanum
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • myrrh
  • neroli
  • oakmoss
  • palmarosa
  • patchouli
  • pine
  • rose maroc
  • vetiver

Special Precautions*

* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

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