Spikenard CO2

Botanical Name:
Nardostachys jatamansi
Country of Origin:
Plant Part:
Distillation Method:
Wild Grown
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
alpha gurjunene
beta gurjunene
germacrene D
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Wholesale Pure Spikenard Essential Oil

100% pure essential oil of Spikenard, CO2 distilled from the rhizome and roots of wild grown Spikenard from Nepal. This is a beautiful, pungent and rich Spikenard oil. Our Spikenard Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.


A native species to the mountainous regions of northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim, Spikenard is a tender aromatic herb that typically only reaches a height of 3 feet and grows at elevations between 11,000 and 17,000 feet. A member of the Valerian family, it has many similar medicinal properties to that of Indian Valerian root.


Rare and precious, this essential oil is steam distilled from the dried 'rootlets' of Spikenard plants wild grown in Nepal.

Aromatherapy Notes

This Spikenard essential oil has a green, moderately powerful medicinal and herbaceous top note, slightly spiced and sweet middle notes of clove and ginger with deep, rich earth, wet wood, and dried leaf undertones. Spikenard essential oil blends well with: Pine, Lavender, Patchouli, and Vetiver oil.

Traditional Uses

Considered a holy essence in ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, and Hindu civilizations, Spikenard essential oil was reserved for use by kings, priests and high initiates. The best women perfumers of ancient Greece and the renowned ungentarii of Rome, the perfumers and pharmacists of the time, used spikenard oil to create one of the most renowned perfumes and wine flavoring agents of the time called nardinum. Alexander the Great mentions the memorable aroma of Spikenard plants as they were trodden on by his marching elephants. The Mughal Empress Nur Jehan was said to have used spikenard as a beautifying cosmetic preparation. It also appears in the Bible, referenced as the ointment with which Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus’ feet. Spikenard is comforting and grounding and promotes relaxation.

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Anti-inflammatory, Bactericidal, Deodorant, Laxative, Sedative, Tonic
  • “the ultimate essential oil to find inner balance in the emotional, spiritual, and physical interplay of energies:
  • Dioscorides described Spikenard as “warming and drying”
  • Excellent in skin care applications for “balancing, soothing and rejuvenating”

From World of Aromatherapy2:

  • Found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Restores the physiological balance of the skin
  • General harmonizing, balancing, and relaxing effects

Spikenard in Research

Spikenard has been investigated for its therapeutic properties, primarily centering around its psychologically beneficial properties. Likely due to its strong antioxidant activity, spikenard has been shown to have memory and learning enhancing3,4, stress-reducing4,5,6, anti-depressant6, neuroprotective7, and liver-protective8 activities.  

Summary of Research Studies

  • An experiment in mice found that doses of spikenard extract improved learning and memory in young mice and also had a reversal effect on amnesia in aged mice, possibly due to its antioxidant properties.3
  • Rats dosed with spikenard had significantly better learning and memory following introduction to stress. The study concluded that spikenard "has a protective effect of stress-induced impairments in hippocampus-dependent learning and memory behavior in rats."4
  • Spikenard was shown to significantly reduce biomarkers of stress in rats. The researchers suggest that this anti-stress effect is linked to spikenard's antioxidant activity.5
  • Spikenard had anti-depressant-like and anti-stress effects in rats placed in a stressed condition over a 3-week period.6
  • Spikenard was found to have a neuroprotective effect in rats, minimizing brain damage from blockage of the blood supply to the brain.7
  • In a study in rats, spikenard extract showed significant liver-protecting activity, minimizing experimentally induced liver damage.8

Application and Use


Spikenard essential oil is considered non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Individuals with epilepsy are advised against using this oil.


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 NAHA Women of Aromatherapy. World of Aromatherapy. Frog Books, 1996.

3 Joshi, Hanumanthachar & Parle, Milind. “Nardostachys Jatamansi Improves Learning and Memory in Mice.” Journal of Medicinal Food, vol. 9, no. 1, Mar. 2006.

4 Karanth, K. S., et al. “Nardostachys Jatamansi Extract Prevents Chronic Restraint Stress-Induced Learning and Memory Deficits in a Radial Arm Maze Task.” Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, vol. 3, no. 2, 2012, p. 125., doi:10.4103/0976-9668.101879.

5 Lyle, Nazmun, et al. “Stress Modulating Antioxidant Effect of Nardostachys Jatamansi.” Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, vol. 46, no. 1, Feb. 2009, pp. 93–98.

6 Lyle, Nazmun, et al. “The Role of Antioxidant Properties of Nardostachys Jatamansi in Alleviation of the Symptoms of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 202, no. 2, 14 Sept. 2009, pp. 285–290., doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2009.04.005.

7 Salim, Sofiyan, et al. “Protective Effect of Nardostachys Jatamansi in Rat Cerebral Ischemia.” Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 74, no. 2, Jan. 2003, pp. 481–486., doi:10.1016/s0091-3057(02)01030-4.

8 Ali, Shakir, et al. “Nardostachys Jatamansi Protects against Liver Damage Induced by Thioacetamide in Rats.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 71, no. 3, Aug. 2000, pp. 359–363., doi:10.1016/s0378-8741(99)00153-1.