Jatamansi, Spikenard, Musk
Root, Indian Nard, Indian Spikenard
Country of Origin:
Extraction method: Steam distilled
heavy, sweet, woody and spicy,
slightly reminiscent of valerian, ginger, cardamom, and cedar
has been in use among the Indians as a perfume and medicine
from ancient times. It is mentioned by Susruta in a
prescription for epilepsy and is prescribed by Indian
physicians as a nervine tonic, carminative and aromatic
adjunct in the preparation of medicinal oils and ghees.
is the Nardin of Dioscorides, which the writer tells us, was
also called Gangitis because the Ganges flowed from the foot
of the mountains where the plant grew.
Arabic and Persian physicians call this plant Sumbul-i-Hindi,
"Indian Spike", to distinguish it from their Sumbul-i-Rumi or
Ikliti (Valeriana celtica), the root of which is used in
Turkey and Egypt as a perfume
May help in
allergies, inflammatons, mature skin, rashes, insomnia,
tension, migrain etc. It's highly rgarded in India as a
perfume, medicinal herb and skin tonic.
Famous in Ayurveda
as an herb to combat the effects of day-to-day stress. It has
the property of enhancing the body's innate ability to sleep
It is considered a
holy or "divine" plant in Ayurveda and has traditionally been
used as an air purifier. Charaka's ayurvedic text recommends
it highly for insomnia, mental instability and to
In perfumery such as
oriental bases, heavy florals, fougeres, woody bases, animal
ambre types, etc; in flavors as a modifier for valerian, hop,
ginger, calamus, cardamom, etc.