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Red Spikenard Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Properties (Nardostachys jatamansi)

A floral, earthy scent.

  • 100% Pure, Concentrated, Undiluted
  • Therapeutic Quality
  • Steam Distilled from Roots
  • Country of Origin: Nepal

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Packaged

Amber glass bottle with Euro dropper. Tamper proof safety seal. Shrink wrapped.


Background Information on Red Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard bears a resemblance to a shrub. It has soft clusters of white or pink flowers that bloom in late summer. It also produces collections of berries that will change colors red to deep purple. The berries mature in early fall. Spikenard (red) is a full-bodied and attractive forest plant. Spikenard is native to India as well as the Himalayas of Nepal. It is most commonly found in higher altitudes.

This plant has been mentioned several times in the Bible. It has been used for centuries as a luxurious essential oil, or as an addition to ancient perfumes. It has been commonly called Nard by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Spikenard has a similar scent to patchouli. It has rich and powerful, spicy, hearty, earthy and even musky smell. Spikenard may have a light floral smell along with the rich earth tones, but the floral scent can variety depending on the variety of Spikenard used in the essential oil. The oils are usually a reddish brown color.

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Spikenard is used in aromatherapy to support rest and relaxation. It can be useful for the management of allergies on the skin.* It will help disinfect infectious wounds and scratches on the skin.* This oil is also used to help soothe and calm bothersome rashes. Spikenard is a wonderful oil when used to help aid those with insomnia due to its calming and relaxing effect.

Spikenard is very much like other herbs in the valerian family as it helps balance moods and mental status while helping lower the feeling of stress or anxiety. Spikenard contains antifungal, and antibacterial properties.* This oil can be used topically for athlete’s foot, dermatitis or itching and rashes on the skin. Used as an anti-inflammatory it is useful for digestive inflammations or respiratory discomfort. It is also used to help women with the emission of hormones like estrogen and progestogen to maintain proper reproductive abilities.*

Spikenard can also be added to rubbing alcohol to help disinfect laundry, carpet or rugs.

Red spikenard essential oil has the ability to release emptiness and with-held emotions allowing for true emotions to be discovered. Red spikenard can aid in the grieving process, by calming panic attacks and lifting depression while giving a new love for yourself. This long-lasting fragrant oil has been used as an aphrodisiac and stress reliever.*

See our references at the bottom of this page for additional information.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Uses and Benefits / Emotional Wellness Properties

Spikenard increases appreciation or gratitude, contentment and acceptance. It helps dispel expecting negative outcomes, resistance, greed and a selfish attitude.

If using Spikenard for emotional wellness, try using it with our free EFT Tapping scripts for Forgiveness and Protection which help release these emotional issues.

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Uses and Benefits / Blends

Spikenard essential oil will couple very nicely other oils like myrrh, rose, sage, lavender, and frankincense essential oils. When combined with jojoba oils or sweet almond oil carrier oils, this blend will be a wonderful addition to any relaxing bath or applied topically to help treat skin ailments.

Red spikenard essential oil blends well with clary sage, clove bud, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, myrrh, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rose, sage, vetiver.

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Safety Tips

  • May cause an allergic reaction with some people, and it is advised to test a small patch of skin first.
  • It is not recommended for use with pregnant women.
  • For external use only.  See our Safety Information page for further details when using essential oil.

Red Spikenard Essential Oil Reviews

“Affordable. Musky, funky, earthy aroma. Dark red color. Spiritual lofty ambience adjunct.The green spikenard is more expensive and this oil has a less green smell and more dank, moist, forest-leafy character.” – B.E. 

“Fast delivery, fair price and quality totally as described. This company is awesome as are their products!!! Thanks!” – D.M.


Essential OilRed Spikenard
Botanical NameNardostachys jatamansi
Country of OriginNepal
Method of DistillationSteam
Optical Rotation-6° @ 20°C
Refractive Index1.5 @ 20°C
Specific Gravity0.940 to 0.960 @ 25°C
CAS No.8022-22-8