Spikenard is a flowering plant of the Valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The plant grows to about 1 m in height and has pink, bell-shaped flowers. It is found in the altitude of about 3000–5000 meters. Spikenard rhizomes (underground stems) can be crushed and distilled into an intensely aromatic amber-colored essential oil, which is very thick in consistency. Nard oil is used as a perfume, an incense, a sedative, and an herbal medicine said to fight insomnia, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments.
Lavender (genus Lavandula) was also known by the ancient Greeks as nardos, nard, after the Sanskrit 'narada', or 'nalada'. The scent of spikenard attracts cats, a strange phenomenon in itself.
In Lemurias Edit
In Lemurias, Spikenard is an important trade good from Aryavarta. It is used as an essential oil in the Hellenic perfume industry, as well as an ointment and a wash. Its also used as an herbal medicine and can be used in herbalist magic. It also has alchemical applications and can be used as an ingredient in alchemical oils and salves.