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Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard Essential Oil
Product Rating: 4.5/5 (As per 6 Customer Reviews)


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A Staple in Perfumery: Spikenard Essential Oil has a strong and distinctive aroma, characterized by its rich, earthy, and woody notes. It is often used as a base note in perfumery and fragrance blends.

A Natural Antimicrobial: As a skin care ingredient, Spikenard Essential Oil can help combat bacteria and other impurities that cause acne and congestion.

Soothes Dry, Irritated Skin: Spikenard is versatile and can help moisturize and rejuvenate the skin by targeting dryness. Suitable for sensitive skin types.

Relaxes Tired or Sore Muscles: Spikenard Oil's soothing properties may help alleviate muscle tension, stiffness, and fatigue, promoting physical and mental relaxation during massage sessions.


Spikenard Essential Oil is a prized aromatic herb with a rich history dating back to ancient Egypt and biblical times. Native to the mountainous regions of Northern India, China, and Japan, this versatile oil, also known as Nard and Musk Root, has been cherished for its captivating fragrance and myriad of uses. Historically, Spikenard was commonly used for its aromatic and medicinal properties and was even mentioned in ancient religious and literary texts. Today, Spikenard Essential Oil is a popular choice for aromatherapy, skincare, and massage therapy due to its potential anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.


  • Relax and Unwind: Add 3-5 drops of Spikenard Essential Oil to a diffuser to create a grounding and calming atmosphere.

  • Rejuvenating Massage: Dilute Spikenard Essential Oil with a carrier oil and apply to the skin to promote relaxation and alleviate muscle tension.

  • Soothing Face Serum: Add a few drops of Spikenard Essential Oil to a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, and apply to the skin to promote a clear and healthy complexion.

  • Effective Skin Care Ingredient: Spikenard Essential Oil can also be added to facial cleansers, moisturizers, or homemade skincare products.

Botanical Name:

Nardostachys jatamansi

Plant Part:


Main Constituents:

  • β-Gurjunene: 5%
  • Seychellene: 4.2%
  • Spathulenol: 2.4%
  • Patchouli Alcohol: 2.5%
  • Maaliol: 2%



Extraction Method:

Steam Distilled


Color / Consistency:

A slightly viscous golden yellow to greenish liquid.

Aromatic Scent:

A base note with a strong aroma, Spikenard Essential Oil has a harsh, earthy, woody smell that is slightly musty.

Blends Well With:

Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, Vetiver, and Spice Oils.

Cautions: Dilute before use; May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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I LOOOOOVE Spikenard! It's so musky & dusky & tenacious! I know it's NOT everyone's cup of tea (I have heard some humourous descriptions of it when presented) but if you are into grounding, deep, rich, earthy scents (my personal faves), give it a try! Blends wonderfully with those other earthy oils for the most decadent soily accords!!

By: , St. Thomas, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 06-Nov-2015

Rating: Star
Spikenard is an amazing oil. I love it's deep earthy complex aroma. So grounding, relaxing and it relieved headache and neck pain more than once. I didn't see anything written about it having analgesic properties so I was pleasantly surprised. The only thing about buying this Spikenard is that it is very fresh and has some harsher volatile components that disappear once it has aged. I didn't know that, I just put it away and then later it was the Spikenard that I knew and loved. You have to be patient. The price keeps going up on this so get it while you can. I ma getting more.

By: , Chester Basin, Nova Scotia
Loyal Customer Since: 25-Oct-2010

Rating: Star
I want to love Spikenard, but it's pretty intense. I find if I dilute it and blend it with a floral (ylang, ylang, lavender, rose) it makes for a great foot massage. Since it's been distilled from the root, the energetic effects are very earthy and grounding. A little goes a looooooong way.

By: , St.catharines, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 26-Mar-2007

Rating: Star
I had never smelled spikenard before, and wanted to get it because it was mentioned in the Bible and I wanted a greater spiritual connection to my faith. the bottle, it smells like a mix of camphor and the moldy smell I get when I leave my clothes in the washer for several days. Not too surprising, since it's related to Valerian, another plant with roots that smell of stinky feet. But once it's on the skin, it dries to a very deep woodsy scent. It reminds me of sandalwood without a hint of sweetness, or a dry, wooden sauna. Still retains some of the mold odor, but it would probably do much better in a fragrance blend, and others might not mind it so much. Aside from the scent, it seems potent; I think those who want the oil for therapeutic rather than fragrance purposes, or who want a cheaper, natural, and more ethical alternative to sandalwood for scent may be very pleased.

By: , Montreal, Quebec
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Loyal Customer Since: 10-Dec-2012

Rating: Star
If you are a migraine sufferer, Spikenard is a must. The price is a little high, but for the relief I gain, it's worth it.

By: , Bracebridge, Ontario
Loyal Customer Since: 05-Aug-2010

Rating: Star
What a glorious Spikenard this is! It's almost leathery, "I-need-to-ride-my-Arabian Steed-off-into-the-Desert-sunset" headiness is perfect for my Perfume. I give it 100!

By: , Calgary, Alberta
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Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jun-2006

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Further, New Directions Aromatics is not responsible for the comments made in the customer reviews, nor when products are used in ways not suitable to their purpose (for example, fragrance oils in toothpaste; bath salts in metal containers; additives used in larger amounts than recommended).

As with any manufacturing process, New Directions Aromatics strongly recommends small lab scale testing for evaluation purposes prior to full commercial manufacturing. As the ordinary or otherwise use(s) of this product is outside the control of New Directions Aromatics Inc., no representation or warranty, expressed or implied is made as to the effect(s) of such use(s) (including damage or injury), or the results obtained.

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