Spikenard

English Name : Spikenard

Local Name (Nepali Name)) : Jatamansi

BotanicalName : Nardostachys jatamansi D. C

Family Name : Valerian

Season : Sep - Dec

Parts Used : Rhizomes

Physical and Chemical Properties

Appearance : Fluid to slightly viscous liquid.

Aroma : Heavy, sweet woody and spicy-animal odor.

Specific Gravity : 0.9494 at 250C

Refractive Index : 1.509 at 250C

Optical Rotation : 1.77 at 250C

Uses : Perfumery, Incense and Herbal Medicine

Packaging : 1Kg, 5 Kg, 10 kg, 25 Kg

Spikenard is a flowering plant of the valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal. The plant grows to about 1 meter in height and has pink, bell-shaped flowers. It is found in the altitude of about 3,000 to 5,000 m. Rhizomes (underground stems) can be crushed and distilled into an intensely aromatic amber or greenish blue-colored essential oil.