Essential Oil Profile: Spikenard


Latin Name: Nardostachys jatamansi

Family: Valerianaceae

Plant Part: Root

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Base Element: Earth

Functional Groups: Sesquiterpene, alcohol, aldehyde, ketone

Type: Relaxing, grounding

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata

Scent: Sweet, earthy, spicy, lingering, musky

For Skin Type: Mature

Cautions: Not during pregnancy

Physical Uses: Insomnia, dandruff, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, wounds, psoriasis, headache, migraine, palpitations, hemorrhoids, warming, indigestion.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, anaxiety, spaciness, restlessness

Other Uses: Meditation, anointing, used by Mary to anoint the feet of Jesus

Blends Well With: Flower, fruit, resin, root, spice, wood


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.


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