Spikenard essential oil comes from a flowering plant (Valerian family) that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The spice is mentioned five times in the Bible by the name ‘nard.’ (The spice is also called ‘nardin’ and ‘muskroot.’) Spikenard is mentioned three times in the book of Song of Solomon in the Old Testament, and twice in the New Testament.
Probably the most recognized story in the Bible is when Mary anointed Jesus with an expensive oil (Mark 14:3 and John 12:3). The oil was also used for embalming the dead in Biblical times. After Jesus had been buried, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes to His tomb (John 19:38-39). Spikenard is thought to be a component of the mixture of aloes mentioned. In addition, Homer’s Iliad (Book 18) mentions the use of nard to perfume the body of Patroklos.
The essential oil of Spikenard is steam distilled from the roots of the plant. It has a woody, musty aroma. Spikenard is highly valued and traditionally used for centuries to anoint people of high honor. Also, it is a part of Ayurvedic health practices, one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole body) healing systems, developed 3000 years ago, in India.
Historically, in aromatherapy, Spikenard would uplift mood and promote relaxation. It also promotes clean, healthy skin. Today, the essential oil is commonly used in perfumes and relaxing massage oils.
Spikenard Essential Oil Today
The primary uses of Spikenard today are for its ability to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation. It is used in aromatherapy and meditation for grounding. The oil helps purify the skin, and it has an uplifting aroma. It is a perfect ointment for deep cuts and wounds. When added to bath water, Spikenard helps relax the body.
In addition, the oil helps:
- Fight germs
- Allergic skin reactions
- Reduce water retention, bloating
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Relieve tension and soothes anxious feelings
It is interesting to note that doTERRA sources Spikenard essential oil from Nepal. By doing so, doTERRA supports the harvesters and distillers in the remote areas of the world where it grows and supports rural community development projects through their Co-Impact Sourcing® initiatives.
How to Use Spikenard Essential Oil
Diffusing Spikenard is a great way to enjoy the benefits of the essential oil. You can apply Spikenard directly to the skin.
- Diffuse or apply one to two drops to back of neck and temples to promote a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
- Combine a few drops of Spikenard with your favorite hydrating cream to soften and smooth skin.
- Add one or two drops to your favorite skin cleanser or anti-aging product to promote healthy, glowing skin.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Spikenard essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Spikenard essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Spikenard oil.