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Latin Name: Nardostachys grandiflora
Common Name: Spikenard (aka Nard, Nardin, Muskroot)
Botanical Name: Nardostachys grandiflora
Botany: A flowering plant that grows to 3 feet tall with a long rhizome (root).
History: Spikenard was known in ancient times and was a part of the Ayurvedic herbal tradition of India. The Indians, Egyptians and Romans all used spikenard as a main ingredient in perfume.
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted
Fragrance: Woodsy, heavy, sweet, earthy, musty
Color of Oil: Golden yellow
Note: Base Note
Blends well with: Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, Vetiver
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Spikenard is balancing, calming, grounding and relaxing. It dispels anxiety and nervous tension.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Spikenard is anti-inflammatory. It is used for rashes, allergies, mature skin, insomnia, and indigestion. Spikenard is a menstrual cycle balancer and a diuretic. It can be used for detoxifying.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Spikenard is good for meditation and releasing the past. It is very good oil to be used at the end of life.
Chemical Constituents: calarene, gurjunene, maalene, patchoulal
Common Adulterants: Rarely adulterated
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Color Energy: Pink - Energizing