How does it feel?
Jatamansi grows at altitudes of between 3000-5000m and is native to the alpine Himalayas. It grows to heights of around 1 metre. It is a critically endangered plant and is CITES Appendix 3 listed. It is a flowering plant of the honeysuckle family that produces beautiful and delicate pink, bell-shaped flowers. It produces thick rhizomes that produce a particularly fragrant essential oil.
What can I use it for?
The roots of this plant contain a number of valued medicinal constituents such as sesquiterpenes and coumarins. Valeranone is a sesquiterpene also found in the Valerian family and has profound effects upon the central nervous system, working primarily as a relaxant.
Into the heart of Jatamansi
The medicinal properties of jatamansi are focussed within the central nervous system. It has a profound ability to relax the nervous system and take effect throughout the body. It is an excellent remedy where a particular symptom or condition is exacerbated by stress. It is classed as a nervine but will also relieve muscular cramping and spasms, worsened by nervous tension, particularly within the digestive and cardiovascular system. It is very nourishing for an exhausted nervous system, clearing any excessive heat and irritation.
The strong and pungent essential oils found in jatamansi have also made it a very penetrating herb that can clear congestion within the mind, creating a sense of clarity and providing relief from ‘mental fog’ Its penetrating qualities also make jatamansi a good choice for relieving pain and discomfort caused by congestion, particularly in conditions of the female reproductive tract.
Jatamansi is indicated in hysteria, nervousness, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and insomnia. It both cools and nourishes a ‘hot’ and ‘exhausted’ nervous system. It enhances the intellect and induces mental clarity. Its ‘penetrating quality’ is useful in clearing headaches and ‘mental fog’.
Indicated where there are palpitations, angina and hypertension, particularly where this is aggravated by elevated stress levels.
Excellent for digestive cramps, borborygmus, flatulence, bloating and constipation with dry, hard and gaseous stools. It relaxes the bowel and encourages peristalsis inhibited by tension.
Jatamansi’s penetrating and warm quality is useful in dysmenorrhoea with dragging pain, ovarian discomfort, lower abdominal distension and pain.
Jatamansi is helpful in spasmodic coughs, asthma, whooping cough and lung weakness.
Jatamansi has a special use for promoting hair growth, preventing hair loss and greying hair.
It is highly valued for skin disorders with a nervous component, especially where there is itching and burning sensations.
Carminative herbs are high in essential oils and help ease digestion by relieving gas, spasms and cramps. Examples include Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare) and Peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita).Emmenagogues
Emmenagogues are herbs that stimulate and promote menstruation. Examples include Marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis) and Chaste Tree fruits (Vitex agnus-castus), Turmeric root (Curcuma longa).Nervines
Nervines are herbs that soothe the nervous system and have a calming effect on the emotions. Examples include Oatstraw flowering tops (Avena sativa), passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis), and Gotu Kola leaf (Centella asiatica).
Did you know?
The prized essential oil produced by this plants roots is known as nard oil, and was traditionally used in the production of perfume and incense.
No drug herb interactions are known but caution with sedative, anti-hypertensive and anti-depressive medication.
3 x 250–500mg/day as powder, 1–10g dried root or 3–12ml/day of a 1:3 @ 45% tincture.
- Rasa (taste) Bitter, astringent, sweet.
- Virya (action) Cooling.
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Pungent.
- Guna (quality) Light, unctuous, penetrating.
- Dosha effect: VPK=.
- Dhatu (tissue) Blood, nerve.
- Srotas (channels) Circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory, reproductive.