Devdaru (Cedrus deodara)

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Devdaru

Devdaru or Cedrus deodara is an Ayurvedic herb very useful in neurological disorders. The oil of deodar is very much useful in curbing headache and arthritis. This is also useful in fever, asthma, pruritus and infested wounds. Devdaru oil is very helpful in treating skin diseases, curbing imbalance and also curing vata dosha like constipation, bloating, paralysis etc. The name Devdaru derived from Sanskrit translates to ‘wood of gods’. It has been given different names in different languages. In English it is called Himalayan Cedar.

Oral consumption of Devdaru along with applying its paste externally can help treat syphilis. The paste can be also applied on swelling inflammation, to clean infected wound, and get relief from itching and pain. This oil is also used in relieving headache. Applying its paste on chest helps curb pain. In Charaka Samhita, it is mentioned that it is one of the vital ingredients of powder massage. It is also useful in treating Obesity, Urticaria, and Pruritus.

In Charaka samhita, it is also mentioned that this is an ingredient of winter cream to relieve pain and stiffness. This has no major side effects and is also helpful for lactating mothers.