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Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard Essential Oil
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Product Rating: 4.8/5 (As per 13 Customer Reviews)


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Botanical Name: Nardostachys jatamansi

Main Constituents:
β-Gurjunene: 5%
Seychellene: 4.2%
Spathulenol: 2.4%
Patchouli Alcohol: 2.5%
Maaliol: 2%

Plant Part: Root

Origin: Nepal

Processing Method: Steam Distilled

Description / Color / Consistency: A slightly viscous golden yellow to greenish liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A base note with a strong aroma, Spikenard Essential Oil has a harsh, earthy, woody smell that is slightly musty.

Blends With: Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, Vetiver, and Spice Oils.

Product Abstract: Spikenard is a soft, aromatic herb with a strongly pungent rhizome root. It is native to the mountainous regions of Northern India, as well as China and Japan. Also known as Nard and Musk Root, Spikenard was one of the early aromatics used by the ancient Egyptians and is mentioned in the Bible in The Song of Solomon, and in the Gospel Of John where Mary used it to anoint the feet of Jesus. It was used in ancient Rome in perfumes and beauty preparations. It was also used in culinary recipes from Roman times throughout the Middle Ages, and was used to spice wine and beer.

Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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Rating: Star
This is one of my all-time favorite essential oils, and is very useful. Very unique. Thank you!

By: , Watertown, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 18-Sep-2009

Rating: Star
smells similar to valerian with less animalic undertones. great for blends that require grounding or soothing. Can give orange a nice 'campari' deep bitter smell for example.

By: , Prescot, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 29-Oct-2013

Rating: Star
Not quite sure how I feel about spikenard yet aroma-wise. I love most base notes but this is a little too bitter and harsh. It does have a nice smoky scent overlay, tho. I wanted to test it out last night in a blend with a couple mild scents to get to know it in my nebulizer but ended up chickening out and adding a drop of my strongest EO (rose geranium) after a few minutes. I think I'll try it with a couple medium strength EO's soon and see how that does for me. If I don't like it after a few tries I see from the comment below me that it has good analgesic properties which great as pain-relief salves and balms are one of the biggest reasons I use essential oils.

By: , Lacey, Washington
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-Jan-2012

Rating: Star
Earthy and mysterious, spikenard is absolutely essential for my analgesic rub. It blends well with many other essential oils and provides not only fabulous aroma, but a tremendous healing factor. Spikenard is one of the most costly oils to purchase, and NDA has a great product, at a great price. Bringing down the cost of my products will improve my bottom line, and with NDA there is no loss of quality or potency. Thanks NDA for improving my margin!

By: , Dallas, Texas
Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jan-2011

Rating: Star
If you are a migraine sufferer, Spikenard is a must. The price is a little high, but for the relief I gain, it's worth it.

By: , Bracebridge, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005

Rating: Star
This naturally groups with cypriol, vetiver, patchouli, and hedychium oils. It is complex, somewhat animalic, with a finish that reminds me of clary sage, but earthy and leathery.

By: , Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Loyal Customer Since: 22-Jul-2010

Rating: Star
Smells like horses, really, but it is great! I made a mix with shea butter for my mom; her mature skin is looking better already.

By: , Wall, New Jersey
Loyal Customer Since: 02-Aug-2010

Rating: Star
Just received my first NDA order, and I am overjoyed at the outstanding quality of everything that I received! Plus, it was all packed beautifully. I also received a hand-written thank you, which has never happened with any other companies from previous orders. I mixed a few drops each of Spikenhard and Clary Sage, as I suffer from insomnia. I put it on my neck, chest, and arms, and then enjoyed a peaceful sleep! Smelled so wonderful, and was so calming! It banished all negative thoughts and feelings as soon as I hit the pillow! I definitely will only order from NDA from now on. Thank you so much for these outstanding products!

By: , Haverhill, Massachusetts
Loyal Customer Since: 24-Jul-2010

Rating: Star
I absolutely love this oil!!!! My husband had a rash all over his chest and back so I used it mixed with aloe gel and lavender french (all NDA's) it worked like a dream. Smelled wonderful to. When I'm under stress use it to relax. Works great for sleeping with a little cederwood. I ma happy with this product and so fortunate to have found NDA!!

By: , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Top Reviewer
Loyal Customer Since: 19-May-2009

Rating: Star
This oil is great! I grew up with horses and the smell reminds me of old leather saddles and fresh, sweet hay! It's such a pleasant and refreshing scent!

By: , Sacramento, California
  Top Reviewer
Loyal Customer Since: 08-May-2007

Rating: Star
I've heard so much about this oil! I was so excited to receive it and I am NOT disappointed! Leathery yes but also SWEET. Very pretty! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

By: , Topeka, Kansas
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Loyal Customer Since: 15-Nov-2006

Rating: Star
What a glorious Spikenard this is! It's almost leathery, "I-need-to-ride-my-Arabian Steed-off-into-the-Desert-sunset" headiness is perfect for my Perfume. I give it 100!

By: , Calgary, Alberta
  Top Reviewer
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005

Rating: Star
Commonly called False Valerian because it shares many of its attributes, but it is cheaper. Use for allergies, inflammation, insomnia, mature skin, migraine, nervous indigestion, rejuvenating properties, rashes, stress and tension of all kinds. (Also known as False Indian Valerian Root Oil, Nard, Narde.) A very spiritual oil, supposedly used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus Christ. Used extensively in devotional ritual and meditation. Highly recommended!

By: , Sarasota, Florida
  Top Reviewer
Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2006

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