Indian Valerian (Sughand Bala) has a vanilla-like note that balances out the earthier base notes and therefore doesn’t have the pungency of Valeriana officinalis. This oil smells very similar to a good Spikenard and we feel it’s an adequate substitute, since we have decided to no longer work with Spikenard. It covers up like a warm blanket and lulls us into comfort and ease. It relaxes the body and mind. This valerian is in the same botanical family as spikenard and has some similar notes. It really brings us deep down into ourselves and onto the earth, even further sometimes. It is a very strong ally for underworld/shadow work. A bottle left open by the bed enhances sleep, too. We feel that Indian Valerian might be a more sustainable replacement for spikenard, which is critically endangered and almost extinct.
Previously our research indicated that Indian Valerian was also threatened, though not critically endangered. Recently Moosa told us that his Indian Valerian is from a cultivated source and thus not endangering wild populations. So we are very happy to be able to offer Indian Valerian again.