Aromatherapy Powerful Sedative – Spikenard


by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherpist


A deep rich, mellow-spice aroma that’s woody, earthy and sweet Spikenard, also known as Narde is lasting and gives depth to any blend.

A valued oil since ancient times Narde has been used in religious ceremonies, and supports Lucid Dreaming and Shamanic Journeying.

Spikenard was the oil used in the foot balm that Mary Magdalene used to anoint her master Jesus’ feet in the New Testament of the Bible.

Narde lifts the spirits and inspires the heart and mind to selfless acts of devotion and quiet inner peace.

Ideal as a meditation oil traditionally Narde has been used in many incense formulas for spiritual enhancement and as a meditation aid.

A tranquilizer and relative of Valerian Narde has the most powerful sedative action in aromatherapy and is helpful for easing anxiety and stress.

Traditionally Narde has been used for treating mental disorders, as well as for calming the mind and promoting mental alertness and awareness.

Calms the nerves and helps you to feel more grounded and in control.

Try Narde in a blend or alone to treat restless sleep, chronic insomnia and tension.

TO PROMOTE SOUND SLEEP: Dispense 1-3 drops of Narde on a cotton ball or tissue and inhale, minimum 30-60 seconds to induce sleep.

Spikenard is a key ingredient in PurePlant Essentials SleepEzz and Peaceful Sleep.

Nard has grounding and relaxing properties that make it especially effective for balancing the mind and emotions. A wonderful aid for contemplation and clarity of mind.

May be helpful for balancing extreme mental and emotional states, including depression, rage, confusion, hysteria, grief, loss, terror and panic.

Blend with Helichrysum for emotional healing and to release old fears and anxiety stemming from past traumas.

Good oil to use when you’re feeling stuck and need to move forward in your life.

Narde restores balance to the skin’s natural sebum production and is good for ALL skin types. Superb for skin care and rejuvenating mature skin Narde is excellent for healing many skin conditions.

Helpful for calming allergic reactions and reducing inflammation of tissues.

Narde promotes healthy skin through stimulating circulation of blood, lymph and nerve supply.

Skin nourishing use Narde to support the formation of healthy skin tissue and for maintaining a clear, smooth complexion and youthful appearance.

Narde may be helpful for treating chronic or stubborn skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis.

Spikenard is a key ingredient in PurePlant Essentials Dry Skin Care Formula.

Narde has antifungal properties and may be useful for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

May help alleviate dry/oily and itchy skin, hair or scalp conditions like dandruff or seborrhea.

A heart regulator Narde promotes cellular respiration and digestion!

Narde stimulates the male hormonal system.

May be useful for balancing the female hormonal system, especially during onset of menses at puberty and during the pre- and peri-menopausal phases.

Narde may help relieve hormonal disturbances like insomnia, hot flashes, rosacea, headache and night sweats.

In Ayurvedic Medicine, an ancient system of healing practiced in India, the sweet, woody and pungent aroma of Spikenard helps to regulate and pacify both Vata and Kapha Doshas and aggravates Pitta in excess.

Symptoms of Vata imbalance are premenstrual syndrome, constipation, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and worry.

Symptoms of Kapha imbalance are high cholesterol, low metabolic forces, slow to lose weight, fluid retention, stagnation and blockage, lethargy and depression.

Highly recommended in a blend as an aromatic mist!

AROMATIC MIST ~ This is a favorite way of mine for using aromatic oils. You may use as a facial toner, an all over body freshener, or as a room spray and deodorizer. The amount of oil you use depends on the purpose of your aromatic mist!
1) Face – 8-10 drops

2) Body – 30-40 drops

3) Room and air freshener 80-100 drops
To 4 ounces of distilled water add your oils, shake well and spray!

BLEND WITH: Clary Sage, Geranium, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver.

CAUTION: Due to its hormonal action avoid Spikenard during pregnancy