Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Jatamansi

Jatamansi (Latinname - Nardostachys jatamansi), is a flowering plant which is especially found in Himalayas. This is an intensely aromatic herb which is amber colored. Since ancient times, the oil of Jatamansi is used in perfumes, sedatives, herbal medicines and also in religious practices. It is known to reduce insomnia and birth difficulties. This is a very popular herb used since ancient times in Ayurveda and finds its mention in Charaka and Sushruta samhitas.

Jatamansi is light to digest, oily unctuous, bitter, astringent and sweet in taste. It has the quality of cold potency which has special effects on neuro-psychiatric conditions. It has properties to balance all the three doshas and especially pitta and kapha doshas.

Therapeutic effects of Jatamansi:

  • Jatamansi is widely used as a blood purifier due to its bitter taste and thus very useful to treat skin diseases.

  • It is known to improve the skin complexion and texture.

  • The paste of Jatamansi can relieve burning sensation of skin.

  • The herb has excellent properties when can improve the brain functions and intelligence.

  • Jatamansi can improve strength and immunity to diseases.

  • It is used in treating herpes.

  • Extensively used treating neuro-psychiatric conditions, depression and insomnia.

  • It’s a good remedy to lower blood pressure.

  • The medicine is known to induce periods and is used to treat amenorrhea.

  • It reduces, gastritis, bloating, flatulence and headache.

Side Effects of Jatamansi:

  • It needs extra care while administering this herbal medicine as it might cause unwanted side effects in people with high blood pressure.

  • The medicine taken in high dosages might induce heavy menstrual flow and hence should be avoided during periods.

  • Excess dosage of this medicine may cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

  • The medicine is not advisable in children without proper medical supervision.

  • The medicine is not advisable to women in pregnancy and lactation stages.