Spikenard: Body, Mind and Spirit

This year, Spikenard was one of the newly released essential oils from doTERRA and it’s a game changer, folks! I’ve heard of Spikenard in the past, because it’s mentioned in the Bible (more on this below), but I had no idea what a beautifully complex, rich and powerful oil it is. I am so very excited to have this amazing oil as part of my family’s every day essential oil routine.

Enjoy today’s mind, body, spirit connection to: Spikenard


This is an excellent oil for dry, irritated skin. Mix with any wood or floral oils for extra benefits. Wood oils (like Cedar or Sandalwood) support the internal skin matrix (the inside, more complex layers of your skin) while florals (like Lavender) are best for topical skin uses (blemishes, itching, irritations).

You can also combine Spikenard with doTERRA’s Lime or Eucalyptus essential oils for respiratory support.

One of the best aspects of this oil is its versatility. You can and should combine Spikenard with all of your doTERRA essential oil applications to boost the effectiveness of your regimen.

Use topically and aromatically for best benefits. (It is not intended for internal use because of its extreme potency. See more on this below)


doTERRA sources all of its plants for therapeutic purposes *only* and our sourcing model makes doTERRA’s essential oils 100% unique to doTERRA.

Spikenard is a unique plant that is sourced from the mountainsides of Nepal. Of the 170 different compounds present in Spikenard, 165+ of them exist in less than .01% of the oil, meaning a that this oil is HIGHLY volatile and potent and effective, even in the very smallest amounts. Because of its extreme potency, Spikenard is not intended for internal use, but is best used topically and aromatically.

It is a highly diverse oil that, much like Frankincense, contains everything necessary to make it capable of speaking to all body systems and all cellular health needs. In doTERRA, we like to advise, “When in doubt, use Frankincense”- and now, Spikenard is the second of doTERRA’s essential oils to become an “everything oil”. When in doubt- use Frankincense and Spikenard!

John 12:1-3, “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. They prepared a supper for Him there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pint of very costly ointment made from pure spikenard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.”

Spikenard is mentioned in two areas in the Bible. In the Old Testament it is mentioned in Song of Solomon and in the New Testament it appears in the story of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet, symbolically preparing His body for His impending crucifixion and burial. So even from just those two examples, we can see that Spikenard was a precious oil that has been in use across the ages and has always been considered to be special and of tremendous value.

This woman brought an incredibly rare gift to pour out before the Lord as an anointing. It was a symbolic gesture to bless Jesus, for this woman to show her love and submission to Him and to publicly declare that she was willing to pour out the most precious thing she had before Him to show that love.

In much the same way, we have all been giving an anointing. 1 John 2: 20 says that we have been giving an anointing from the Holy One- each person has something to pour out – ourselves, to be the oil that is poured out, and to let Him pour us as He sees fit- to bless the Lord, to show our submission to Him and to publicly declare that we are willing to be poured out, not caring about the cost, because of our great love for Jesus.

Just like all plants on earth have an essential oil within them, we, too are all given an anointing ‘oil’ by God to be used for a specific purpose. And it’s when we’re under pressure, or the heat of life is applied that the most essential part within us, the real us, is revealed.

No matter what it would cost you to be poured out for Him, you were created for a purpose and you can trust the One who made you pour you out where you’re needed most, and to appreciate the tremendous value in such a beautiful gift.

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If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA’s essential oils, living a wellness lifestyle or how to get started with oils in your home, I’d love to connect with you!

I teach classes remotely (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook) or in person (if you’re local), and I love to even connect one-on-one if you’d like to have a conversation about essential oils.

Reach out to me and let’s talk!


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Alicia Purdy is a writer and worship leader ministering in upstate N.Y. Her passion is to support and grow the Kingdom of God through the gifts He has given her. She has been given inspiration and passion on the subject of worship and wrote "The Way of the Worshipper" to share the message God gave her. TheWayoftheWorshipper.com continues this vision with FREE devotions centered around the subject of worship.