Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard essential oil is a rare and beautiful aromatic distilled from the dried roots of spikenard.  It has been used as a holy oil, incense, and ancient perfume.

Inhaling it promotes inner connection and a deep inner peace.  It calms restlessness and inspires devotion and generosity.  It helps one in finding emotional and spiritual balance.  No wonder why it was used in rituals and spiritual practices, to enhance meditation and prayer.

Spikenard essential oil was contained in one of the perfumed unguents found inside the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1923.  It was still viable after well over 2000 years of entombment.

Aromatic Profile

Top note:  

Heart note:  Heavy, rooty, earthy, animalic, woody, resinous notes

Base note:  Heavy, rooty, earthy, animalic, woody, resinous notes

Classification:  Base note, heart note, or fixative

Tenacity:  Very High

Spikenard essential oil is one of nature’s fine fixatives.  It is used in creating natural amber bases, oriental perfumes, earth notes, fougeres, sacred perfumes and incenses, and forest notes.  It is one of the oldest known perfume ingredients still in use today.

It blends well with agar wood (shamama attar), angelica rootfrankincensegalbanum, licorice, lovagemyrrh, andtarragon, among many others.

More About Spikenard Essential Oil

Source: Nepal

Process: Steam distillation of wild roots

Botanical name: Nardostachys jatamansi

Note: Spikenard essential oil may be distilled from green or dried roots. The aroma is very different between the oils produced by these two methods.  Dried roots are used to produce the traditional spikenard used throughout antiquity.  Green spikenard essential oil is a more recent innovation produced for the modern aromatherapy market.

Update: Spikenard is now on the endangered species list, and is illegal to import into the United States.

Homeopathic Properties of Spikenard Essential Oil


Internal–oral homeopathic dosage, inhalation, diffusion

External-topical, massage,  skin applications, bath, spinal and local compress, application to energy centers and acupressure points

Observations and Anecdotal Information

Spikenard is an ancient essential oil, used by Egyptian, Ayurvedic, and biblical healers. It has been used as an anointing oil in rituals and ceremonies, and as a medicinal oil. It is well known to be King Tutankhamen’s perfume, said to be worth its weight in gold.

Spikenard is the aromatic world’s strongest sedative essential oil, and a helpful treatment for migraines, insomnia, and nervous tension.

It can help the body unwind from stress patterns simply by inhaling the aroma, or through massage or spinal compress treatments.

It regulates the heartbeat, and can ease cardiac pain, as it is a strong cardiotonic. It has been used with success in treating scleroderma, and can heal inflammation and rashes of the skin.  For these purposes, it can be blended with moringa botanical oil for a stronger effect.

It is one of the oils used in the Egyptian ascension process. It clears and balances the crown and pineal chakras, and opens connection from the higher chakras into the heart and root chakras.


  • Generally recognized as safe at normal dosage.
  • Avoid use with infants and small children.
  • Avoid during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Keep all essential oils away from eyes.
  • Store in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
  • All internal uses should be researched and/or supported by a health care professional.  Product quality and dosage are critically important when using essential oils internally.

Essential oils are not recognized or approved by the FDA.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.  This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only.  It is not meant to be taken as medical advice.  See a health care professional for medical advice.

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