Spikenard/Musk Root

Spikenard/Musk Root (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Spikenard is a flowering plant of the Valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The plant grows to about 1 m in height and has pink, bell-shaped flowers. It is found in the altitude of about 3000–5000 meters. Spikenard rhizomes (underground stems) can be crushed and distilled into an intensely aromatic amber-colored essential oil, which is very thick in consistency. Nard oil is used as a perfume, an incense, a sedative, and an herbal medicine said to fight insomnia, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments. Spikenard has a woody fragrance which is astonishingly herbaceous and aromatic, warm and sensual. This fragrance is also a combination of sweet, resinous, spicy, and animal-fat odors. With spikenard, the essential oil is like an organic earthy scent. Essential oil of spikenard is also used in aromatherapy to remove tension and stress from the mind. In the case of excessive sweating, it can be effective as a deodorant. Jatamansi oil is useful when applied for smooth, silky and healthy hair. The oil can also be used efficiently as an ingredient of soaps, lotions, massage oils, scents, air fresheners, body fragrance, and aromatherapy products.

Known as Jatamansi in India. It is one of the best oils for calming the nerves. It is grounding and settles an out-of-balance mind. It is post-digestive oil in India. (One drop taken near the end of the meal calms the stomach.) It is a stimulant to the male hormonal system brings courage and power. It helps people feel in charge of their lives.