Spikenard Essential Oil Properties and Uses

Spikenard Essential Oil Properties

plant origin: India

medicinal properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, relaxing, and skin tonic.

traditional uses: Spikenard essential oil is highly regarded in India as a perfume, medicinal herb, and skin tonic. In ancient times, it was the one of the most precious oils used only by priests, kings, or high initiates.  References in the New Testament describe how Mary of Bethany used a salve of spikenard to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Passover.

other uses: Spikenard is helpful in the treatment of allergic skin reactions and skin cancer.  It may also help with allergies, Candida, indigestion, insomnia, menstrual difficulties, migraines, nausea, rashes, bacterial infections, stress, tachycardia, tension, and wounds that will not heal.  According to Dietrich Gumbel, Ph.D. it strengthens the heart and circulatory system.

application: Can be inhaled from the bottle, applied to the abdomen, or on location for soothing and calming.


uses for spikenard

  • For rough or wrinkled skin, try diluting a few drops of Spikenard oil with olive oil and apply as a natural moisturizer.
  • Blend 50% Spikenard oil with 50% olive oil and apply on location for hemorrhoids.  (Your first application may sting initially.)
  • For help with cholesterol, apply 2-4 drops of Spikenard oil on wrists, inside elbows, or at the base of the throat two or three times daily.
  • Apply 1-2 drops of Spikenard essential oil on your forehead, temples and mastoids (the bones just behind your ears) to help vitalize your brain.
  • To soothe the tummy, apply a few drops of Spikenard essential oil on the stomach for indigestion or nausea.
  • Wear a couple drops of Spikenard oil as perfume and/or use as a deodorant.
  • To disinfect cuts, place a drop or two on the wound to speed up healing.