How to Use and Enjoy Spikenard Essential Oil

Known for its uplifting, relaxing, and moisturizing properties, Spikenard is a very beneficial oil to have in your collection. 

Spikenard, a flowering plant of the Valerian family, is native to high altitudes in the sub-alpine and alpine regions of the Himalayan mountains. The oil is steam distilled from the roots of the plant and has been valued for centuries, traditionally used to anoint people of high honor and in the Ayurvedic health practices of India.

Chemistry of Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard essential oil has a complicated chemistry. It contains around 170 compounds. Of these components, more than 95 percent of them exist at less than 1 percent of the whole. Almost every class of essential oil component is represented in the oil, including alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, oxides, esters, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes. This great diversity of chemistry suggests a plethora of uses. The advantage of an essential oil being diverse is the potential to accomplish many different outcomes or addressing more needs in general (source).

Benefits of Spikenard Essential Oil

1. Promotes Feelings of Calm

The musty, spicy, and woody aroma of spikenard creates feelings of calmness and relaxation. This essential oil is a perfect choice to use in meditation due to its grounding and relaxing properties.

To use: enjoy the uplifting benefits of Spikenard by combining it with oils like clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, and wild orange in your diffuser. 

2. Supports the Immune System

Because of its ability to calm the body, it allows your body to function properly. Plus a 2012 study showed that rhizomes, which are the stems of the spikenard plant, had the ability to fight free radicals. This keeps our systems and body healthy. 

To use: add 1 drop to your morning water or tea to boost your immune system.

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3. Stimulates the Digestive System

Due to its relaxing and calming properties, spikenard is a great oil to help relax your intestinal tract and digestive system.

To use: take a calming bath and add 2–4 drops to warm water. 

4. Cleanses and Purifies Skin

Experience the hydrating and purifying benefits of Spikenard by incorporating it into your skincare routine. Use it to promote a healthy, glowing complexion. 

To use: add a few drops to your daily cleanser or favorite moisturizer. 

5. Acts as a Perfume

Spikenard’s aroma is actually commonly used in the perfume industry (sometimes referred to as nard). 

To use: experiment with different oils to create your own personalized perfume. You can try geranium, lavender or wild orange.

Oils that Blend Well with Spikenard Oil

When blending Spikenard oil with other essential oils, consider using woody or spicy oils like clove, frankincense, juniper berry, myrrh, or vetiver oil. It also pairs well with floral essential oils like geranium, lavender, and rose. The unique aroma also pairs well with refreshing essential oils like wild orange. 

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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