June 10, 2008


Himalayan Nard (Sanskrit name - Jatamansi) is harvested in the valleys of the Himalayas at altitudes of 3000 metres(about 10,ooo ft.) It has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is known for its uplifting effects, harmonising emotions, favouring inner peace, and aids in balancing the body of all three Ayurvedic doshas.
Jatamansi has been used as a perfume and medicine. Indian physicians have long prescribed it as a nervine tonic, carminative, and an aromatic addition to medicinal oils and ghees. In Ayurvedic medicine this herb is sometimes called, “divine plant” and is used to counteract the effects of day-to-day stress. Traditionally, it has been used as an air purifier as well. The active constituent in Jatamansi is jatamansone. This herb has analgesic and stimulant properties. The oil has anti-arrhythmic and hypotensive qualities. This herb's sedative properties increase awareness, as opposed to valerian that dulls the mind.