Details12ml Spikenard (nardostachys jatamansi) Method of extraction: Steam distilled from rhizomes Source: India Steam distilled from the rhizomes. Country of origin..India. Woody, musty and earthy, well known from The Bible as it was used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus. This calming oil contains among others a chemical compound called valerenal, a natural sedative. It is closely related in aromatherapy to valerian. Commonly used and valued throughout history by the ancient Romans and Egyptians for use in their scented oils.