Spikenard - Nardostachys Jatamansi – Spice

Blending Note: Base 

Main Benefits: Inhibits Bacterial and Fungal growth, Sedates Inflammations, Eliminates Body Odor,

Clears Bowels, Soothes Inflammation and Nervous Afflictions, Restoring Uterine Health.

Properties: Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-Inflammatory, Deodorant, Laxative, Sedative, Uterine

Origin: India

Other Producers: Egypt, Rome

Allergy Warning: Not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils

may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch

test before using regularly.

Short History:

The oil was known in ancient times and was part of the Ayuryedic herbal tradition of India. It was obtained as a luxury in ancient Egypt, the Near East. In Rome, it was the main ingredient of the perfume nardinum, derived from the Hebrew head of nard bunch, which was part of the Ketoret  used when referring to the consecrated Incense described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. It is also referred to as the HaKetoret (the incense). It was offered on the specialized incense altar in the time when the Tabernacle was located in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. The ketoret was an important component of the Temple service in Jerusalem. Spikenard was used to season foods in Medieval European cuisine, especially as a part of the spice blend used to flavor Hypocras, a sweetened and spiced wine drink. From the 17th century it was one of the ingredients for a strong beer called Stingo.

About Spikenard:

Spikenard, a flowering plant of the Valerian family, is native to high altitudes in the sub-alpine and alpine regions of the Himalayan Mountains. Spikenard essential oil is steam distilled from the roots of the plant and has been valued for centuries, traditionally used to anoint people of high honor and in the Ayurveda health practices of India. Historically, Spikenard was used to uplift mood and promote relaxation. Spikenard promotes clean, healthy skin. Today, the oil is commonly used in perfumes and relaxing massage oils for its woody, musty scent. By sourcing Spikenard oil from Nepal, doTERRA is able to support much needed income streams for harvesters and partner distillers, particularly in the remote areas where it is harvested, as well as support needed rural community development projects through our Co-Impact Sourcing® initiatives. 

This plant is very famous on the Indian Subcontinent by the name of Jatamansi and is widely used in herbal medicines. Several herbal, medicinal preparations based on this plant can be found on the market, particularly in India and a few of its neighboring countries. This plant is native to Nepal and is called Nardostachys Jatamansi in botanical terminology.Spikenard essential oil is extracted by steam distillation. They use the roots for extraction. The colour of the oil is golden yellow with a medium consistency. The earthy, woody, harsh and musty aroma has a medium to strong strength.

Medicinal Uses:

Viruses, Bacteria, Stomach, Hunger Pains, Nervous Tension, Laxative, Cough, Asthma Respiratory Problems, Uterus, Ovaries,  Infections, Fevers,  Menstruation, Athlete’s Foot, Anxiety, Headaches, Antidepressant, Acne, Fungal growth, Inflammations, Body Odor, Bowels, Nervous Afflictions, Urinary Tract., Rashes, wrinkles.

Other Uses:

Perfume, Diffuser, Cream, Droplets