By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist
Oh Spikenard, Oh Spikenard
What peaceful sleep you bring me!
Invoking a sense of peace and encouraging calm feelings are only a couple of the reasons why I enjoy Spikenard so much.
Like Valerian, the therapeutic properties are in the thick root. Leaving the crown, stem, and a little of the root often means that you can replant and it will re-root. This means you will get an endless supply and promoting sustainability.
Spikenard, also commonly known as Nard or Jatamansi, grows high in the Himalayan mountains, approximately 13,000 feet above sea level. The plant grows to about 3 feet in height and blooms only in August and September. Plant Therapy sources Spikenard from Nepal. It takes approximately 350 pounds of dried root to produce 3 pounds of steam distilled essential oil. 
The subtle energy properties of Spikenard include promoting a sense of wholeness, hope, courage, resolution, and clear communication. It is a comforting essential oil that helps to balance emotions. Using Spikenard can help encourage forgiveness and compassion.  It can calm anger, lift feelings of sadness, ease grief, and encourage an overall sense of wellbeing.
Spikenard is great for mature skin and may also help with hair loss. It supports a healthy respiratory system and eases tension in your head. Also, it is very helpful with dry skin and may reduce the perception of inflammation in joints.  It can also helpful in easing digestive upset.
Top 6 uses for Spikenard:
- Digestive Support
- Respiratory Support
- Support healthy/youthful skin and hair/scalp
- Encourage Sleep
- Ease Grief
- Mood Boost
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