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Native to the alpine regions of the Himalayas, Nardostachys jatamansi is a flowering plant that belongs to the Valerian family. The plant produces small, delicate, pink flowers, and thrives in high altitudes. This is why Spikenard flourishes so well in the Himalayan mountains. Spikenard essential oil is extracted from the roots and is produced using the process of steam distillation. For centuries, Spikenard has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic health practices native to India, and was historically used to anoint those of high honor.
doTERRA Spikenard oil is legally sourced from Nepal with regulatory oversight by the Nepal Government Department of Forests (dof.gov.np) to ensure CITES compliance. All doTERRA Spikenard oil is sourced from distillers and partners who are required to provide CITES certification and permits for regulated oil production and legal exportation.
doTERRA can provide sustainable income for Spikenard harvesters and distillers. Because many of these harvest areas are remote, it can be difficult for distillers and harvesters to receive the income necessary to support their families. With the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative in Nepal, Spikenard harvesters and distillers can enjoy fair, on time payments. Not only does this initiative help the harvesters themselves, but doTERRA also works to help these rural areas with special community projects that aim to improve quality of life.
doTERRA works in strict compliance with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES provides the international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. doTERRA voluntarily, systematically, and enthusiastically complies with CITES recommendations and restrictions.
Revered since ancient times for its uplifting, relaxing aroma and ability to promote clean skin, Spikenard essential oil is still extremely useful and beneficial today. Used to promote healthy skin, relaxation, and uplifted mood, Spikenard oil is known for its distinct, woody, spicy scent that creates a pleasant aroma when diffused or used as a personal perfume.
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