“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of Spikenard,
very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus”
John 12:3

Nardostachys jatamansi

My personal relationship with Spikenard:  Being a “type A” personality, I’ve loved Spikenard from the first sniff. Spikenard has the same effect on my nervous system as Vetiver. It’s deeply calming and helps bring me back to center when I begin overthinking projects and moving too quickly from one thing to another. When I inhale this earthy oil, I swear I can feel it right down to my root chakra. 

Note:  Base  (To learn more about aromatic notes, this blog post explains them)

Geographical source: India, Nepal

Plant Part: Roots 

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Oil Characteristics: Spikenard is Earthy, heavy, sweet and musty 

Chemical Families: Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols.  (To learn more about Chemical Families, listen to one of my most popular podcasts. AromaticWisdomPodcast.com/8.

Therapeutic Properties:  (Here’s a glossary of therapeutic terms that will help you understand the terminology.)

  • Grounding, help bring you back to earth 
  • Deeply calming to the central nervous system
  • Great to promote sleep
  • Helps inhibit the growth of fungus 

Subtle Properties: (emotional and energetic): Spikenard resonates with the base chakra. It’s a beautiful essential oil when you want to encourage forgiveness and return to emotional balance. It relaxes the mind so help slow down excessive thinking. 

Applications(Here are some guidelines for making essential oil blends in a safe dilution.)

  • Add a drop of Spikenard and a drop of Ylang Ylang to any blend for anxiety and insomnia. 
  • Helpful in antifungal blends (especially when mixed with lemongrass) as it has some antifungal activity of its own.
  • It’s been used successfully to deal with tachycardia. 
  • A great bug repellant

Liz’s Suggested Recipe:
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
3 drops Spikenard 
1 drops Neroli
1 drop Lavender essential oil
1 oz organic unscented lotion 
Directions: Mix the essential oils into a 1-ounce jar of unscented lotion, stir and apply to the chest, shoulders, and neck while repeating this affirmation: I enjoy a deep, refreshing sleep every night.

Safety Information: Non-toxic, non-irritating. 



1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
2. Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
3. Worwood, Valerie Ann, Aromatherapy for the Soul, New World Library, 1999


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