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Spikenard

  • English Name : Spikenard
  • Local Name (Nepali Name)) : Jatamansi
  • BotanicalName : Nardostachys jatamansi DC
  • Family Name : Valerian
  • Season : Sep - Dec
  • Parts Used : Rhizomes

Description

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.

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Appearance : Fluid to slightly viscous liquid.
  • Aroma : Heavy, sweet woody and spicy-animal odor.
  • Flash Point : 83°C
  • Specific Gravity : 0.9494 at 25°C
  • Refractive Index : 1.509 at 25°C
  • Relative Index :
  • Ester Value : 7.3 to 51.54
  • Ester Value after Acetylation : 17.1 to 60
  • Optical Rotation : 1.77 at 25°C
  • Acid Number : 3.3 to 7.1
  • Total Alcohol :
  • Solubility : Soluble in ethyl alcohol
  • Soluble in water : Insoluble
  • Country of Origin : Nepal
  • Uses :
  • Packaging : 1Kg, 5 Kg, 10 kg, 25 Kg