December Oil of the Month - Spikenard - Everyday Essentials

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December Oil of the Month – Spikenard

Invoking a sense of peace and encouraging calm feelings are only a few reasons why people enjoy Spikenard. 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.

Background of Spikenard

Spikenard grows high in the Himalayan mountains, approximately 13,000 feet above sea level. It’s also commonly known as Nard or Jatamansi. 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 [1].

Benefits and Uses

The subtle energy properties of Spikenard include promoting a sense of wholeness, hope, courage,  and clear communication. In addition, it is a comforting essential oil that helps to balance emotions. Using Spikenard can help encourage forgiveness and compassion [2]. It can calm anger, lift feelings of sadness, ease grief, and encourage an overall sense of wellbeing.

Notably, Spikenard is great for mature skin and may also help with hair loss.  Also, it supports a healthy respiratory system and eases tension in your head. In addition, it is very helpful with dry skin and may reduce the perception of inflammation in joints [3].  It can also helpful in easing digestive upset.

Next, you’ll discover DIY diffuser blends and projects that include Spikenard and all of its amazing properties.

TerraFuse Deluxe Diffuser

Digestive Support Rub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

First, combine carrier oil and essential oils together and mix until well combined. Then, apply to areas of concern.

Respiratory Support Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Place essential oils into a diffuser and enjoy!

Healthy Skin & Hair Serum

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

First, in a dropper bottle, place carrier oil and essential oils. Then, mix until well combined. Lastly, while using the dropper, place serum in areas of concern.

Encourage Sleep Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need: 

What you’ll do:

Place essential oils into a diffuser and relax!

Ease Grief Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Place essential oils into a diffuser to help ease feelings of grief or sadness.

Mood Boost Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

After placing essential oils into a diffuser, diffuse for an emotional boost!



[1] Project Profile, “JATAMANSI,” Project Profile, [Online]. Available: [Accessed 10 12 2016].
[2] J. K. &. R. Bull, Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques, CreateSpace, 2015.
[3] V. A. Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Novato: New World Library, 2016.




6 thoughts on “December Oil of the Month – Spikenard”

    1. Hi, Pete! So glad you love Spikenard – it is a favorite of many! However, we do not see us carrying this any time in the near future. Spikenard is actually a severely endangered species and there is no way to get it in a sustainable manner 🙁

      1. I was wondering also why you no longer carried Spikenard. In December of 2016 it was Plant Therapy’s oil of the month. I did not realize it is endangered plant species. That would explain why so few places are carrying it now. Is there another oil similar you recommend?

        1. You might try using Vetiver in place of Spikenard. It’s another oil distilled from the roots of a plant and it’s incredible for sleep and relaxation.

  • I love that Plant Therapy follows up on the OOTM oils with additional ways in which to use it. It is so helpful. And a great way for us all to learn how to “break out” of the use of our standard “go to” oils and try something new. Thank you.
    Now I am going to ask the standard and much asked question: if I don’t have Valerian what is a resonable alternative. I did try looking up the highest constiuents in Valerian and then tried using search to find something else as an alternative. That didn’t work. I do have Vetiver, Lavendar, Roman and German Chamomile and the other OOTM oils. I signed up when you started the program. Can you make any suggestions for substitutes for: Valerian and Neroli?
    Thank for any help.

    1. Vetiver I think is a great alternative to Valerian to encourage sleep. Roman Chamomile for this purpose is a good alternative to Neroli. Spring Blossom has a high amount of Neroli, I highly recommend investing in that synergy for this purpose.

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