Spikenard oil (Nardostachys jatamansi) has a long history of use as a perfume as well as for its healing properties. In the Bible, Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Christ with Spikenard and its fragrance filled the house. And because I keep playing around with it so I can describe it for you, the scent has now permeated throughout my house. The oil has an amber color to it and the scent has some similarities to Frankincense. It has a warm, kind of musky overtone to it that gets more interesting the longer you smell it.
Aromatic influences: Bringing peace and balance. Deep, sensual, and exotic.
Combines well with:
Lavender, Patchouli, Pine Needles, Vetiver, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Coriander, Cardamom, Ginger Root, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Rose
Points of interest
- Often used in skin care. Especially difficult conditions like psoriasis.
- Is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing so is safe to use for all skin types. Particularly good for dry or mature complexions.
- Warms and enhances sexual energy between partners.
- Melts frozen emotions.
- Helps balance menstrual cycle. Massage a couple of drops in 1 teaspoon Jojoba into abdomen using gentle clockwise strokes.
- Enables expression of true feelings.
- Often works as a diuretic and might be good to massage into cellulite deposits.
- Best not to use on a child younger than 6 years old.
- Is a good relaxing oil. Diffuse a few drops to help settle your nerves.
- Best to avoid during pregnancy.
- Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel.
Here are a few recipes involving Spikenard oil. To check for more, you can click on Spikenard in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
- 2 drops Spikenard
- 4 drops Rose
- 4 drops Myrrh
- 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Apply formula to areas where you tend to store tension. This blend is especially useful when recovering from emotional trauma. Helps ease shock, grief, and panic attacks. (7)
Ease Emotional Imbalance
- 2 drops Spikenard
- 4 drops Petitgrain Bigarade
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba
Massage formula into abdomen using gentle, clockwise strokes. You can also add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. You can dissolve the formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities, as well as help leech toxins from your skin. This is particularly helpful when trying to ease imbalances caused by emotional stress. (7)
Spikenard is a very interesting oil, isn’t it! Which is your favorite recipe? What did you find most interesting about it? Tell us in the comment section down below. We’d all love to hear!
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- Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
- The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
- Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood
- The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion by Valerie Ann Worwood
- The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
- Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
- Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis