Spikenard oil comes from a small flowering plant, locally known as jatamansi, which grows wild at the 10,000-foot elevation of the Himalayas. True spikenard essential oil, produced from the rhizome of the jatamansi plant, is blue to blue-green right after distillation, thereafter gradually changing into a golden amber color. In ancient Egypt, spikenard was used as a luxurious aromatic, including for anointing Cleopatra and King Tut’s tomb. In India, Spikenard has been in use for Ayurvedic practices in hair preparations to calm the mind and prevent hair loss. Spikenard is also referenced in the Bible as the oil used by Mary to anoint Jesus’ feet.
Specific Benefits of Spikenard Essential Oil as follows: Calming and relaxing the mind... Spikenard oil relieves worries and resolves obsessive mental habits. It's calming and focusing, and can be used to aid and enhance meditation.
Improving sleep... Like its cousin valerian oil, spikenard makes it easier to fall asleep and promotes deep, restorative sleep. Traditionally, it has also been used to ward off nightmares.
Promoting hair growth... Scientific studies have examined spikenard for its effects on hair. Spikenard oil was found to speed up hair growth, and there are also suggestions it might work as a hair loss remedy.
Properties: Antibiotic, Antifungal, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Bactericidal, Deodorant, Fungicidal, Laxative, Sedative, Tonic
Perfumery Note: Base
Aroma: Earthy, Woody, Musty, and Valerian-Like
8 drops Spikenard Essential Oil
Mix the essential oils with the Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and then apply this blend to your chest and to the back of your neck. Alternately, diffuse Lavender Essential Oil and Spikenard Essential Oil before going to sleep.
Blend for meditation:
Spikenard Essential Oil
These oils have traditionally been used to focus the mind and to aid with meditation. You can use them separately in your diffuser, or mix and match them as you like.
To promote hair growth:
6 drops Spikenard Essential Oil
Mix the oils together, and then apply the blend to your scalp and to the roots of your hair. Allow it to sit for a half hour and then wash it out with your usual shampoo.