Latin name: Nardostachys jatamansi
Other names: balchar, sambul lateeb, spikenard
What is Jatamansi?
Jatamansi is a plant with a rich history of medicinal use. While Western research has focused the plant’s activity on the nervous system, it has been valued for centuries in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Although its primary use is medicinal, the plant has proven to be of economic importance because it is used to produce perfumes and dyes.
What are the health benefits of Jatamansi?
The rhizomes of the plant are used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine as a bitter tonic, stimulant, antispasmodic, and to treat hysteria, convulsions, and epilepsy. The root has been used to treat insomnia, as well as blood, circulatory, and mental disorders. The oil of the plant is used as a sedative and a diuretic. It is useful for rashes and skin allergies, and also helps keep the menstrual cycle balanced. For emotional problems, the oil is an effective treatment for deep-seated grief.
Where can I find Jatamansi?
Jatamansi can be found online through herb suppliers, in Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practitioners.
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