English Name : Spikenard

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


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 bluecolored essential oil.

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