As a mom, I want my family to be happy and healthy all of the time. While this may not be possible, I keep a bottle of Spikenard essential oil on hand at all times to improve my odds. It helps with everything from cleaning cuts to easing stress and everything in between.
I want to share these scientifically-backed benefits and uses of Spikenard essential oil with you so you can use it to help keep your family healthy, save you money on antiseptics, and more.
Six Proven Benefits and Uses of Spikenard Oil
1. Powerful Antibacterial Properties
Anyone with kids will tell you that they manage to get small scrapes almost every day. You don’t want to spend a small fortune on buying different antibacterial ointments, and this is where Spikenard oil can help you.
Spikenard oil can stop bacterial growth both inside and outside of your body. I diluted it and put it on my kid’s cuts, so it didn’t sting when I cleaned them. Researchers showed that Spikenard oil is effective in fighting C. jejuni. This is a bacteria that causes upset stomach and gastrointestinal issues in humans, and you find it in animal feces. (1)
2. Reduce Stress Levels
With your kids, work, and various activities, it’s no wonder you can feel stressed out. It also has sedative properties that can help to relax your entire body at the end of a long day. It’s great to use before bed to help you get to sleep. (2)
You can add one cup of Epsom salts with a few drops of Spikenard oil to your bathwater and relax as it diffuses around you. You can also put a few drops in your essential oil diffuser and let it run before bed. This can help to promote healthy and restful sleep. (3)
3. Relieves Inflammation
As my mom ages, she has trouble with inflammation in her joints. This inflammation can make it hard for her to get around, so I started looking for natural remedies to help her. One study showed that is effective in treating inflammation in the pancreas, lungs, and throughout your body. (4)
If you buy high-quality Spikenard essential oil, you can mix one or two drops into water or a smoothie and drink it. Just add a half of a cup your favorite fruit or fruits to two to four ounces of yogurt. Sweeten it with one tablespoon of honey, one or two drops of Spikenard oil, and add enough coconut milk or water so you can blend it.
4. Effective Cleaning Agent
Spikenard essential oil has powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that make it a great cleaning agent. One study tested Spikenard oil against 45 different bacteria strains, and it showed that is effective in killing the majority of the bacteria. (5)
You can make a powerful cleaning agent. To make a small batch, you need eight ounces of water, one-fourth of a cup of vinegar, 10 to 20 drops of Spikenard oil, water to fill the bottle, and a spray bottle. Mix all of the ingredients in your spray bottle and use it to clean your home.
5. Promotes Hair Health
I was looking at my hair the other day, and I noticed that is was looking a little dry. I also found my first grey hairs! I don’t have time to go to the salon and dye my hair, and this can damage it more. (6)
Luckily for me, Spikenard essential oil can help restore my hair, and it can even fight premature greying. Massaging a few drops into your scalp when you shower is a great way to stimulate healthy hair growth. It can even help heal any dry scalp or dandruff you might have. (7)
6. Helps with Menstrual Pain
Sometimes, I get painful cramping and bloating when I get my period. This can be very uncomfortable, and I wanted a natural remedy to help treat it. This is why I was so excited when I discovered that my Spikenard oil could help me. (8)
I like to make a massage oil to massage into my abdomen. I start by getting a dark glass jar to store it in. Next, I take one ounce of carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and add 10 to 12 drops of the Spikenard oil. Mix it together and put it in your glass jar to store until you want to use it.
My Spikenard Oil Experience
Like I mentioned earlier, I like to use Spikenard essential oil in several different ways. I mix one-fourth of a cup of vinegar, eight ounces of water, and 10 to 12 drops of Spikenard essential oil in a spray bottle and use it as a disinfectant. It works very well in the bathroom or in the kitchen because it kills bacteria, fungus, and it cuts through grease and grime.
My kids are always getting small cuts and scrapes, and I was afraid that it would sting the first time I treated one of my kid’s cuts with this oil. If I didn’t dilute it, it most likely would have hurt because it’s a stronger oil. I took one or two drops of Spikenard oil and mixed it with 20 drops of water.
I also noticed that aside from sterilizing the cuts and scrapes, it seemed to help them heal quicker. This is great with the kids because they don’t have to worry about trying to keep the cut clean for weeks until it heals.
However, one of my favorite uses of Spikenard oil is that it eliminates odors. It has a very earthy and mossy smell that lingers around. It works great if you forget clothing in the washer overnight or if your kids participate in sports and you open their smelly equipment bag and get a hit of that strong odor.
Spikenard oil not only gets rid of the odors, but it also gets rid of the bacteria and fungus that causes the odors leaving a fresh and clean smell. This can help to keep the equipment cleaner for longer periods, and it can also help to eliminate the odors at the source instead of just covering them up like some cleaning agents do.
Caution of Spikenard Oil
- Spikenard oil is a thicker oil, and you should dilute it in water or in a carrier oil before you use it topically or ingest it.
- This essential oil can cause irritation to the skin. You always want to test a small area before you use it all over.
- You shouldn’t use Spikenard oil if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on children under three years old.
- This essential oil can irritate your eyes, and you never want to get it directly in them.
- Keep this essential oil away from your more sensitive areas to avoid breakouts.
- Dilute Spikenard oil in water or with another oil before you put it in a diffuser to reduce its thicker consistency.
I like to keep a bottle of Spikenard essential oil on hand for everyday use. I love that I can use it as a cleaning agent and for a variety of health uses like relaxation and for disinfecting cuts. It’s safe to use around my kids and pets as well.
What did you think about my benefits and uses of Spikenard essential oil? Do you have any experiences with this oil? Perhaps your favorite use for this oil didn’t make the list. I want you to tell me about it! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought!