Nardostachys jatamansi

A flowering plant of the Valerian family, Spikenard is native to high altitudes in the sub-alpine and alpine regions of the Himalayan mountains. One of the greatest benefits of Spikenard essential oil is its ability to promote feelings of relaxation and calmness, making it a popular choice for aromatherapy and meditation. Spikenard has been valued for centuries, traditionally used to anoint people of high honour and in the Ayurvedic health practices of India. Today, the oil is commonly used in perfumes and relaxing massages for its woody, musty scent. Spikenard is also known to promote clean, healthy skin.


Nardostachys jatamansi

5 ml
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Primary Benefits

  • Spikenard oil has an uplifting aroma that can help promote feelings of relaxation and calmness.
  • Purifies the skin and promotes a clean, healthy glow when applied topically.
  • Blends well with Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Myrrh or Vetiver oil.
  • Unique woody, spicy scent, Spikenard is commonly used in the perfume industry.

Enrich Your Skin Care Routine

Spikenard essential oil is revered for its benefits for skin. People often use Spikenard oil for the skin due to its cleansing and purifying properties. To experience the skin benefits of Spikenard oil, consider adding a few drops of the oil to your daily cleanser or favourite anti-aging product. By incorporating Spikenard oil into your skincare routine, you’ll promote a healthy, glowing complexion. You can also combine a few drops of Spikenard oil with hydrating or moisturising cream when you want to smooth or soften your skin.
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  • Apply to toenails for clean, healthy nails.
  • Add Spikenard to a warm foot bath to promote relaxation.
  • Combine one drop Spikenard with moisturiser to smooth or soften skin.
  • Add one to two drops to your favourite cleanser or antiaging product to promote healthy, glowing skin.
  • Create a personalised fragrance by combining Spikenard with one or more oils such as Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Myrrh, Wild Orange, Rose, or Vetiver.
  • Apply one to two drops to back of neck or temples to promote feeling of calmness and relaxation.

Directions for Use

Topical: For massage, mix 5 drops with 10 ml carrier oil. For bath, mix 5 drops with 5 ml carrier oil. For perfuming, mix 1 drop to 10 drops carrier oil.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor if pregnant or in treatment. Avoid eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Why Nepal?

Spikenard grows in the sub-alpine and alpine region of the Himalaya of Nepal, China, and India. We source our spikenard from Nepal, where we support much needed income streams for harvesters and distillers.

How Does it Work?


Spikenard is a flowering plant from the same family as valerian. It grows high in the Himalaya at elevations between 3,000 and 5,000 m. The plant grows to about 1 metre high and has small, pink, bell-shaped flowers.

Spikenard is an endangered plant so there are regulations on the amount and frequency of harvesting. All our spikenard is sourced in compliance with these regulations. We understand the importance of its protection and want to help ensure that this plant can be available for generations to come.

The dark green essential oil comes from the spikenard rhizomes, which are plant stems that grow underground. Roots usually grow from the rhizome. The harvest season is very short, usually only 15 to 20 days. After harvest, the spikenard rhizome is cleaned and then dried for several days before being distilled.

Building Supplier Capacity in Nepal

doTERRA seeks to build supplier capacity by supporting farmers, producers, and distillers through training and financial support.

Together with our partners in Nepal, we have been active in facilitating supply chain improvement and sustainability programmes for Spikenard. We worked with our partners to develop manuals on best practices and then implemented training on these topics. Additionally, with our partners, we've created nurseries and demonstration plots to test spikenard cultivation (always in compliance with the Nepalese government and CITES regulations). These initiatives help to protect and make best use of this beautiful natural resource. 

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