Spikenard is a rich, earthy essential oil derived from the roots and rhizomes of Nardostachys jatamansi, a flowering plant member of the Valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China and India. This fragrant oil has been used since ancient times as a perfume, incense, seasoning, herbal remedy, sedative, and as an anointing oil for a variety of religious purposes in relation to Hindu and Ayurvedic traditions, Hebrew and Biblical teachings, as well as ancient Egyptian and Roman traditions.
Oil of Spikenard is specifically referenced in both the Old and the New Testament of the Bible as a valuable and fragrant oil, and has been used in Catholic iconography to represent Saint Joseph.
Much like Angelica, this essential oil has an appealing musk-like fragrance that grounds and stabilizes, making it ideal for opening and stimulating the root chakra on the body. Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, the root chakra holds our sense of security. Balancing this first chakra provides the needed foundation for alignment and opening of all of the other chakras. The sweet, earthy scent of this oil warms and connects the spirit to the physical body and to the earth itself.