Like all essential oils, Spikenard essential oil benefits the body in some unique and helpful way. The plant was traditionally used to help the function of the female reproductive organs. But several other uses were discovered over time.
It’s very effective at helping to clear up skin problems. It’s antibacterial and antifungal properties are great at keeping illnesses at bay. And, it’s wonderful at relaxing your mind and body. Here is a close look at some of these benefits and other information regarding this essential oil.
Spikenard Essential Oil Benefits
Spikenard oil has antibacterial properties, making it a natural choice for use in skin care treatments. Fungal related infections can be treated which for some people are common skin problems.
If you suffer from dermatitis, patchy, dry, or itchy skin, you may find relief with this oil. Always seek professional medical advice first and test for allergies.
The antibacterial properties are also good for clearing up skin problems. As well as other internal bacterial infections, and helping to keep wounds clean and free from infection. If you have used antibacterial products before you will know there is a long list of potential uses.
Spikenard has an interesting fragrance, and it’s often used as a perfume or a spray around the home. It’s best described as an ‘earthy’, and ‘moss-like’ fragrance. That may not sound too appealing, but it’s actually very enticing.
Along with the anti-bacterial properties, the oil is also an effective anti-inflammatory. You can use the oil to reduce swelling, both on external injuries and also internal swelling. Our digestive and respiratory systems are often compromised due to inflammation. This is a natural solution that many find relief with.
Being constipated and having trapped wind can be incredibly painful, and difficult to remedy. Some people just don’t want traditional medicine and the side-effects that come with it. Spikenard is a natural laxative, and as such offers a natural alternative. You must act with care when using it for this purpose though.
Another powerful use for Spikenard is an as sedative. Obviously, it’s not going to just put you to sleep on command. That wouldn’t be a good idea. What it does do is calm the whole body and help you relax and sleep more naturally. Used in a diffuser you can set a calm tone. Like the Pilgrim Collection Anton Diffuser for example.
With all of the natural healing properties mentioned above, it comes as no surprise that it’s good at relieving the symptoms of allergies for a lot of people. Diffusing some of the oil into the air when you’re suffering from hay fever, or irritation to pets can make a huge difference.
Spikenard 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden
This Edens Garden Spikenard oil is available in 5,10,30,100 and 250ml sizes. It comes with a dropper cap so you can use it a drop at a time, and is 100% certified pure therapeutic grade. Edens Garden make some of the highest quality oils, and they are reasonably priced.
How to Use Spikenard Essential Oil
I talked through the most notable benefits of Spikenard oil above. I will say once again as a disclaimer; don’t use oils without being fully aware you are using them safely! All I can do is give you guidance and advice from my own experience and know how.
When using the oil on your skin with massages etc always make a blend with a carrier oil. I covered carrier oils before, so sweet almond, coconut, jojoba etc are all fine. Here some ways you can use the oil:
Like I have already mentioned, and talk about all over my blog – I love diffusing. By using a diffuser you remove the need to get your hands dirty and remove any risk of skin reactions. Just put a few drops in and let the diffuser spray a fine mist into the air and you can breathe in the oil.
As mentioned earlier, Spikenard is a great oil to use with massage. Mix a couple of drops with a generous amount of carrier oil and work the blend as you would any massage oil. You get the added benefit of stimulating blood circulation, relaxing your muscles, and all of the previously mentioned aromatherapy benefits.
I covered a really good sinusitis oil blend recipe to use with steam to clear out the sinuses. You can use the same principle with Spikenard. Prepare a bowl of steaming hot water, place a towel over your head to keep the steam contained and put a couple of drops in the water. Breathe slowly in and out for a few breaths a time.
What Can You Blend Spikenard With?
The best oils to blend with Spikenard are:
Contraindications and Precautions When Using Spikenard Essential Oil
Although essential oils have a range of health benefits and some people see incredible results. You should always use them with care. If you have any concerns or think you are experiencing any side-effects always consult a medical professional.
Each oil presents different potential problems. Always test the oil on a small patch of skin before using a larger quantity. Give it a day or two to see if you have any adverse reactions. As usual pregnant women and people with chronic or serious health conditions should not use oils.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.