Spikenard- AroMeds Nardostachys jatamansi, Nardostachys grandiflora is organically grown and the dried roots and rhizomes are steam distilled in Nepal. It is the valerian family, is a base note and has a deep, earthy, sweet/woody aroma.


  • Spikenard can be very calming/grounding to the nervous system and the mind.
  • Excellent in insomnia blends, particularly when you're having difficulty quieting your mind.
  • Spikenard can help with anxiety and during times of transition.
  • It can be used for women who have a heavy menses and/or cramping, as it can have a balancing effect.
  • Its cooling, anti-inflammatory qualities make it helpful in cold compresses for rashes and fevers.
  • It is a nice addition to blends that support aging skin, particularly with lavender.

Emotional Support - spikenard can encourage forgiveness, fearlessness, calm, centering, balance and resolution.

    Blends well with- balsam fir, bergamot, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, patchouli, white pine, rose, vetiver

    Notes of interest- There are numerous references in biblical stories to spikenard or "nard". The most notable is Mary anointing the feet of Jesus with the costly spikenard with her hair.

    Modes of Application- massage, compress, bath, salve, direct inhalation, diffuser

    Safety data- Homeopathic remedies should be stored away from spikenard. Skin sensitization is possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used via inhalation and/or topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified period of time. Keep away from children and pets.


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    Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products.

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