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Spikenard (Wild Green) Essential Oil


Spikenard has a rich history of being used in biblical times. Mary Magdalene was said to have used it to anoint the feet of Jesus prior to his crucifixion. In ancient times, it was one of the most precious and costly oils. Today, it’s known in aromatherapy to be soothing to the mind helping to both balance and calm the emotions.

Name of Oil:  Spikenard

Latin Binomial:  Nardostachys grandiflora

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  China, Nepal, India

Scent Profile:  Earthy, woody, musty, harsh

Parts used in distillation:  Roots

Oil Characteristics:  Golden yellow, medium consistency, medium to strong intensity

Cultivation:  Wild Harvest

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Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Sedative, used in skin care, mainly used in energy work.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Balancing, soothing, rejuvenating, sedative, encourages forgiveness, reduces fearfulness and instills calm.


Considered one of the most precious and costly oils of ancient times; Mary Magdalene used it to anoint the feet ofJesus

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, limonene,1,8 cineole, b-patchoulene, a-gurjunene, b-gurjunene, a-patchoulene,seychellene, 3,4-dihydro-b-ionone, b-ionone, patchouli alcohol,1-hyroxyaristolenone, aristolenone

Safety & References

Safety Data:non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young 

The Complete Book of Essential Oils &Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer PeaceRhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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