This is one our favorite herbs, it’s one of the most cleansing, spiritual incenses either burned purely or mixed in blends. It is a famous ingredient in many sacred incense blends, especially the esoteric Buddhist recipes of Nagarjuna. This is a highly sattvic herb, highly medicinal.
According to Swami Muktanand Puri:
Indian Spikenard, Himalayan Spikenard or Musk root. It is so called because Jata means ‘dread locks’ and manasi means ‘human’ from the term manas, as well as ‘mind’ a derivative of the word manas. The root has a look similar to dread locks with a very intoxicating aroma. It is an endangered medical herb. It is available in the markets in root, oil, powder and capsule form.
a. It reduces all three doshas (faults) in ayurved especially kapha and pitta.
b. Jatamansi is a traditionally known as a nervine tonic.
c. Root of Jatamansi is a memory enhancer and is neuro-protective. Unlike Valerian it increases awareness despite its calming effect.
d. Jatamansi is a known brain tonic, nervine, and antispasmodic. It is a calmative and it imparts a sense of calmness, peace and relaxation.
e. It helps manage stress, tension and anxiety.
f. It has anti-depressant activity and increases the level of serotonin.
g. It also increases the level of taurine (an amino acid (considered to be though, technically it may not be an amino acid) that helps in improving brain, heart functions, helps reduce high blood pressure, helps in diabetes, in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, autism, eye disorders, hepatitis, liver problems, calms the sympathetic nervous system, in alcoholism, etc).
h. It is useful in insomnia and sleep disorders.
i. It helps in balancing of the nervous system, used in hysteria and other nervous convulsive problems.
j. Jatamansi is used for treating epilepsy, convulsions, etc.
k. It helps in treating mental retardation and mental disorders. It strengthens the mind.
l. It has special potency as an anti-psychotic agent. (Anti-psychotics are used to manage psychosis such as delusions, hallucinations, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.)
m. It reduces hyperactivity, restlessness and aggressiveness in hyperactive children.
n. It can be a useful remedy in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
o. It has a hypotensive action.
p. The oil of Jatamansi is used to treat palpitations of the heart and it possesses anti-arrhythmic activity having use in cases of atrial or auricular flutter.
q. Jatamansi is a strong antioxidant, it reduces oxidative stress thereby relieving chronic fatigue syndrome.
r. It has an analgesic action and helps in treating headaches.
s. It is a coolant and helps in suppressing the burning sensation.
t. It is an anti-inflammatory.
u. It is a diuretic and it helps in supporting urine related problems.
v. It is a good reproductive and aphrodisiac. It is used in combination with other herbs in the treatment of seminal debility and impotence.
w. It is used for removing general body weakness and gives the body strength.
x. It helps purify the blood.
y. Jatamansi helps in maintaining the circulatory system.
z. Jatamansi helps in respiratory problems, it relieves the phlegm in cough, it is used in Asthma, because of its bitter taste it helps in expelling out the excess mucus accumulated in the respiratory tract and helps in regularizing the respiratory tract.
aa. It is used to treat kidney stones and renal colic.
bb. Jatamanasi is useful in hepatitis.
cc. It has a hepatoprotective action.
dd. It helps treat enlargement of the liver.
ee. It is used to treat jaundice.
ff. It is an anti-pyretic and is used to treat fever especially in combination with other herbs.
gg. Jatamamsi relieves symptoms like vertigo, seizures etc. in fever.
hh. Jatamansi is an emmenagogue and promotes menstruation, thus it exerts a cleansing effect on the uterus.
ii. It is used in menstrual ailments like dysmenorrhoea and inflammation of the uterus.
jj. Helps in ovarian discomfort, distension of the lower abdomen and in pain.
kk Jatamansi is used to treat problems of the digestive tract. It increases the appetite, regularizes digestion.
ll. It is used in gastric disorders. It is a carminative, it stops fermentation and treats flatulence.
mm. It is a deobstruent and aperient. (It acts as a laxative.)
nn. It is used to treat typhoid.
oo. Jatamansi is used in amoebiasis.
pp. The powder of the root is used to treat intestinal worms.
qq. Jatamansi essential oil has demonstrated activity against fungi.
rr. The herb is used externally as well. It is mixed with cold water to form a paste and applied to the body to reduce burning sensation, inflammation, and pain.
ss. Jatamansi is used to treat skin conditions. It is a regenerative especially for skin and hair.
tt. It is an antiseptic. The decoction of the root is applied on the affected areas in skin problems, burns, wounds, rashes, eczema, allergies and in skin infections caused by streptococcus bacteria known as erysipelas.
uu. It helps in improving the complexion and skin texture.
vv.Jatamansi promotes hair growth and imparts black colour to the hair. It can be used to slow down greying of hair. Medicated or blended Jatamansi oil (often with almond oil) is extremely beneficial for smooth, silky and healthy hair.
ww.The oil (especially blended) can be used for massage and helps relax and calm the body and mind. It helps in headaches, migraine, tension, and insomnia.
xx. The oil can be used in vapour therapy as well as in baths.
yy. Jatamansi is very fragrant and can be used as a deodorant.
zz. It is used as a part of the herbs used in havan (Vedic prayers with fire).
aaa.It is also used to make dhoop (incense) as well as perfume.
bb.Jatamansi oil is also used in the making of beauty aids, face masks, perfume (L’eau De Jatamansi), etc.
a. Jatamansi is Nardostachys jatamansi but is frequently substituted with Valeriana wallichi (Mushkbala or Tagar) and/or Selinum vaginatum (Bhutkeshi).
b. Jatamansi should be used with extreme care during pregnancy and lactation as it is an emmenagogue.
c. Jatamansi in large doses reacts negatively causing vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, colic and urinary problems.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.