Spikenard Oil (aromatherapy)

Spikenard Oil is derived from the roots of Nardostachys Jatamansi, a plant of the Valerianaceae. Unfortunately, there are a number of Nardostachys species and also other plants, not only to the valerian family but also to quite different families which yield roots, sold commercially as “Indian valerian root”. Consequently, there are different opinions on the odor and flavor of Spikenard Oil. As a general description it can be said that the oil is a pale yellow to amber colored liquid with a heavy, sweet-woody and spicy-animal odor, reminiscent of valerian, ginger, cardamom and Atlas cedarwood oils. The flavor is warm-spicy, root-like in sweetness, somewhat pine-wood-like and slightly bitter-burning, powerful.
Arctander, Steffen . Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin (p. 685). 

nardostachys jatamansi