Essential Oil Profiles: Spikenard

by Andrea on September 8, 2009

Spikenard essential oilI love Spikenard essential oil (Nardostachys jatamansi).

Actually, I love all the oils made from roots of plants, and Spikenard is no exception. The roots of a plant anchor it into the soil and absorb water and nutrients vital to the plant’s growth.

Oils extracted from roots can support us in much the same way–especially through times of high anxiety, fear, and instability. Root oils can make us feel grounded, settled and calm. These oils give us an anchor and strength, helping us to absorb what we need. They provide a sense of stability and balance. Use root oils to combat feelings of panic, over-thinking, or worrying, and to relieve stress related to life changes and turmoil.

Spikenard essential oil calms the heart, relaxes the mind, reduces excessive thinking, and brings a peaceful feeling. Its aroma is unique, sweet, earthy, warm, and deep.

It has been used successfully to calm tachycardia (rapid heart beat). Try combining it with equal amounts of Ylang Ylang and applying the blend to the chest. Spikenard essential oil also has great antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory actions, and can be used to reduce pain–both emotionally and physically.

If you haven’t tried this oil, and you like the more earthy aromas, Spikenard would make a lovely addition to your essential oil collection. I often wear it as a perfume!

As an added benefit, it is a great bug repellent!

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gretchen September 21, 2009 at 8:38 am

the grounding qualities are fascinating in light of the fact that Mary used it to anoint the feet of jesus! very cool …


Margaret September 10, 2009 at 10:46 am

I adore spikenard! Its so mysterious. Every time I smell it, it feels like I’m on the edge of a very old memory.


Michelle Stemler September 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Thanks Who does not need to be well grounded and have stregnth.
I loved the way this information is presented….Have a wonderful day.


Admin September 9, 2009 at 7:44 am

Thanks Michele! I appreciate what you wrote, as we all can use some support and essential oils have been a great source of comfort to me in these ways.


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