Nard oil Health Benefits, Uses, Quality & Best Products Compared

Author: Dr. Michael Tyler
Date: 01.10.2020
Reading time: 7:0 min

Nard oil is one of the rarest and most valuable oils known to man. Its scent is woody, aromatic and slightly reminiscent of herbs.

Name Nard oil
Lat. Name Nardostachys jatamansi
Synonyms Nard, Spikenard, nardin, muskroot
Origin Nepal, China, Japan
Price per 10ml 6,47
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Psychological impact

The oil of the Indian spikenard, like all oils of the Valerian family, has a very calming effect. You can take advantage of this for regular stress and nervousness. The soothing effects of narden oil are so strong that it combats sleep disorders. Another very distinctive property of the oil is its anxiolytic effect. People suffering from anxiety are often feel restricted in everyday life. Narden oil promotes relaxation and can be a release from anxiety.

Burnout syndrome

People suffering from burnout have great problems coping with emotions and stress, because the ailment is very often accompanied by nervousness and depression. Owing to muskroot oil's calming and antidepressant effects, it can be an important tool in the event of burnout. Although the oil does not replace medical treatment, it is supportive, and can alleviate symptoms.

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Physical effect

Muskroot has been known for centuries to for its healing properties - and for good reason. The variety of ingredients in the oil allow people to use it against a large number of health problems:


Tachycardia is a medical term for a racing heart. Essentially, tachycardic heartbeats are constantly over 100 beats per minute. The pronounced relaxing effect of the nard oil does not only affect the mind. The oil can slow the heartbeat and the entire metabolism.


Nardin oil has several positive effects on the digestive tract. Among other things, the oil is a strong antispasmodic - muscle relaxant - which is very beneficial for severe intestinal cramps and pains. It prevents the release of neurotransmitters in the peripheral intestinal muscles and thus prevents them from cramping. Spikenard oil also strongly boosts blood circulation. This property is helpful for those suffering from indigestion. When taken orally, it promotes blood flow to the gastric mucosa, which in turn stimulates it to produce more gastric juice. Due to the higher amount of gastric acid, food can be broken down more easily and the nutrients dissolved are quickly transferred to the bloodstream.

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Acne and pimples

The combination of strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects makes spikenard oil a perfect home remedy to fight acne and pimples. The oil reduces the inflammation caused by the pimple and ensures that it cannot become infected with bacteria.

Hair and dandruff

Dandruff is caused by a scalp that is too dry. It is extremely unattractive and an annoying problem. Those affected experience severe itching and often scratch their heads. This removes parts of the upper layer of skin, which can then be seen as scales on hair and clothing. With nardin oil's strong moisturizing effect, it prevents drying out of the scalp and the itching. The oil can also protect hair, preventing it from becoming brittle. This is caused by microcracks in the hair structure, which in turn are caused by external influences such as salt water and UV light. Muskroot oil can repair such micro cracks and helps keep hair supple.

Detoxification and liver stimulation

Nardin oil is one of the few essential oils which provide a generalised improved circulation - internally too. The oil also increases blood flow to certain internal organs, such as the liver. This plays a central role in the body when it comes to removing toxins. The increased blood flow to the liver stimulates it, which in turn accelerates the detoxification process.


Epilepsy is an extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal disease, which manifests itself, among other symproms, with seizures and severe convulsions. Nardin oil is said to have a positive effect on people suffering from epilepsy. To date, this has not been scientifically confirmed, but is currently the subject of clinical studies. Again, the oil can only support this, but does not replace taking prescribed medication.


Headaches are common with the pressures of modern society. One of the main triggers is stress. Since nardin oil has very calming and pain-relieving properties, it is very helpful for stress-related headaches.


Like most other essential oils, Nardin oil has strong anti-inflammatory effects. These properties make the oil the ideal tool to fight all types of infections. It also has a strong antipyretic effect (breaks a fever), which makes it ideal for use against febrile infections.

Inflammation and wound healing

For centuries, the oil has been used against a whole range of inflammatory problems in the human body. In his dissertation, which he published at the University of Göttingen in 2011, Dr. Thomas Aßfelder with the medical use of essential oils in the Middle Ages. Among other things, he examined narden oil. Dr. According to Aßfelder, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect of the oil is outstanding among the essential oils. It was used to promote wound healing - from as early as the Middle Ages.

Fungal infections

Narden oil - like many other essential oils - has a strong antifungal effect - i.e. against fungi. For this reason, the oil can also be used against a whole range of parasitic fungi on and in our body. If you suffer from athlete's foot, for example, you can simply apply the oil to the fungus and it will disappear after a few days.


The positive effects of nardin oil in the mouth were known in ancient Arabia. The famous Persian doctor Avicenna used it to cure various ailments. Dr. Jinan Rashid discusses the practical dentistry of Avicenna in his dissertation, which was published at the University of Hamburg in 2007. The oil kills unwanted germs in the mouth with to its antibacterial effect and therefore helps to counteract bad breath. In addition, it has a strong anti-inflammatory effects, which in turn is helpful for gum infections.

Application | Uses

Narden oil is one of the few oils that do not irritate the skin. You can therefore apply the oil in its pure form on skin. However, this is not recommended - because of the oil's high price. A homemade nard ointment is therefore most suitable for external use. Simply add a few drops of the oil to a commercially available skin cream.

For consumption and internal use, it is advisable to swallow the oil with a little honey - because it is very bitter. If you want to use nardin oil as a classic fragrance oil, you can simply heat it in its pure form in a diffuser or a fragrance lamp.


Narden oil is extracted from the roots of the Indian spikenard by steam distillation.


The main biologically active ingredients in the Nardenöl are:

  • Patchoulene 27-33%

  • Gurjunen 20-25%

  • Valerianol 10-14%

  • Patchouli alcohol 2-4%

  • Nardol 3-6%

  • Jatamansic acid

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Nardenoil plays a particularly important role in Christian culture and theology. Anointing with spikeroot oil was only reserved for the highest priests and kings because of its preciousness. The Bible ascribes a value of 300 denarii for the oil. This amount was - converted by researchers - today corresponds to around 20,000 euros.


The Indian spikenard is a small plant that originates in the Himalayas. It grows there at an altitude of up to 5,500 m and has been used as a medicinal herb in its countries of origin for hundreds of years. The Indian nard was exported to Europe as far back as ancient times and is now grown around the Mediterranean.

The Indian spikenard is at risk of extinction in its areas of origin; in Nepal, for example, the even export of dried plants is prohibited. There are projects that aim to cultivate the Indian Nard. To date, however, this has not been achieved. In Europe, the Indian spikenard has always been used to produce healing oils and ointments.

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