Organic spikenard essential oil, Nardostachys jatamansi, has an earthy, strong aroma, similar to patchouli or valerian. Spikenard was used in ancient times as part of religious rituals. For spiritual and aromatherapy work, spikenard essential oil is considered balancing, grounding and aids in inward reflection. It has been known to help alleviate headaches and migraines. Spikenard essential oil has been used in skin ailments and as part of beauty regimens. Spikenard is particularly helpful with conditions such as chronic dry, flaky skin, inflamed skin conditions and dandruff.