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Spikenard GREEN Essential Oil
Adam Michael has this to say “Spikenard is steeped in biblical history and known by other common names such as nard, musk root and jatamansi. This oil is part of the valerianaceae family and thus is even referred to as false valerian root. The aroma is full of musky angelica, valerian rooty, and Himalayan cedarwood sweetness with a spiced bouquet of ginger, black pepper and turmeric and finished with ginger grass nuances. Produced by steam distilling the dried roots, antique green in colour and of a pourable viscosity.”
Arctander has this to say “As a general description it can be said that the oil is a pale yellow to amber coloured liquid with a heavy, sweet woody and spicy animal odor, reminiscent of valerian, ginger, cardamom and Atlas cedarwood oils. Spikenard is not regularly produced outside India and Japan, but when the oil is available, it can be used with advantage in perfumes such as Oriental bases, heavy florals, fougeres, woody bases, animal ambre types, etc. It blends well with amyl salicylate, cedarwood oil and its derivatives, coumarin, ionones, labdanum products, lavender, oakmoss products, patchouli oil, pine needle oils, vetiver oil, etc.”
Botanical Name: Nardostachys jatamansi