Eight Marvels of the Jatamansi Herb

The Jata Mansi is a rare Ayurvedic herb. Also known as nardostachys jatamansi, it is a dwarf, hairy, and herbaceous endangered plant type. It contain multiple restorative compounds which cures nerve, heart, skin, and digestive ailments. Above all, it holds relaxing and calming attributes. Therefore, it is an ideal ingredient in herbal medicines.

Most importantly, this herb holds holistic healing properties. For instance, it possesses a snigdha (oily) and ropan (healing) properties which enable young and supple skin, th9s iwound healing. Second, it is rich in antibacterial and anti fungal compounds which manage skin infections. Thus, it is a popular ingredient in skin creams and ointments .

Further, it can aid hair growth by increasing follicular size and enhancing the hair growth period. Try applying Jatamansi oil or root paste to enhance hair strength and growth. However, these are just a couple of its many benefits – here are some in detail.

Biomedical Effects

This herb holds a rich history of medicinal use, especially in Ayurveda. The rhizomes of this plant, for instance, serve as a tonic, stimulant, and antispasmodic tool. Thus, it can treat circulatory, sleep-related, and mental disorders. Similarly, the nani (ancient Greco-Arab) school of medicine uses this as a cardiotonic, analgesic and diuretic herb. Further, this plant is a core ingredient of many perfumes and dyes, thus lending it economic importance.

Their rhizomes and roots is particular are of highest value. First, its extracts contain certain high antioxidant properties. This provides protection against cancer cells and radiation-induced damage. Second, its anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent or heal pancreatitis. Further, it effects the mediators of meditation, in addition to moderating digestive enzyme secretion. Third, animals studies revealing that feeding this herb to hyperglycaemic rats can improve the HDL (or ‘good’) cholesterol levels, as well as reducing total cholesterol or lipid concentration.

Anxiety Alleviation

Ayurveda believes that the Vata dosha is responsible for bodily and nervous system activity. Thus, vata imbalance interferes with your state of mind. However, you can utilise the jatamansi herb to cure this. This can improve both tridoshic balance and madhya (intelligence). Simply mix 1/4 to 1/3 tsp of Jatamansi powder with equal amounts of honey to witness improvements.

Then, swallow this 1-2 times a day after eating for a period of 2 months. The honey acts as a natural sweetener and contains antioxidant effects as well.

Epilepsy Alleviation

Epilepsy or Apsara is a condition of prolonged seizures. This occurs due to abnormal brain-related electrical activity. Thus, these cause sudden and automatic bodily movements, and  can inevitably lead to unconsciousness. The Jatamansi herb restores tridoshic balance (between vata, pitta, and kapha) and controls medhya (intelligence). Thus, it manages epileptic symptoms and improves brain functioning.

In the same manner as above, combine equal amounts of the powder and honey. Consume this at a regularly for best effects.


Insomnia or anidra in Ayurveda is a common issue worldwide. It is a condition of disturbed, poor quality, or the lack of sleep, due to vata dosha aggravation. In other words, it contains tridoshic balancing properties which calms the nervous system. Similarly, it possesses nidrajanana (sleep inducing effects) which can ward away sleeplessness. Follow the same remedy above to witness these effects.

Wound Healing

The Jatamansi enables quick healing, reduces swelling, and retains the proper skin texture. Similarly, both jatamansi and coconut oil work together to accelerate wound healing and lower inflammation levels. As per Ayurveda, it contains both ropan (healing) and sita (cooling) properties.

You can utilise this oil through a simple method. Simply measure out 2-5 drops of jatamansi oil along with 1-2 drops of coconut oil. Next, apply this to the wound or inflamed area. Consequently, you should witness healing in the following 1-2 days.

Skin Youth

Ayurveda claims that wrinkles are a result of vata aggravation, which causes dryness and flakiness. Further, generic factors such as impurities, dryness, and ageing can increase wrinkles and acne. However, jatamansi possesses a snigdha (oily) nature which increases moisture levels. As a result, it keeps your skin soft, supple, and glowing.

Combine jatamansi oil with coconut oil as mentioned above. This is a simple and foolproof way to alleviate skin ailments.

Hair Strengthening

Jatamansi oil promotes hair growth and strength. Likewise, it removes dryness, retains colour, and keeps it soft and silky. In addition, a combination of Jatamansi and bhingaraj oils can reduce hair loss and hair fall. This is because these oils further penetrate into hair follicles and roots, thus strengthening it and retaining quality. This helps to manage dandruff as well.

Memory Retention

This herb can boost memory, learning, and cognition. It strengthens neural connections and thus helps you remember facts better. You can enhance these benefits in combination with other herbs. For instance, a combination of Brahmi, Ashwagandha, and Vacha herbs can relieve mental stress. In addition, it can prevent stress-induced memory loss.

Curing Diseases

The Jatamansi herb is a safe and nontoxic one. Therefore, it can cure various digestion-related ailments such as intestinal worms. It also contains hepatoprotective properties, which can treat jaundice and improve liver health. Further, it relives pain and swelling through its analgesic properties. However, do be sure to take this in consultation with a doctor to confirm the dosage and frequency.


In summery, the Jatamansi herb is rich in both macro and micronutrients, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Thus, it is beneficial to both internal mechanisms of the body (eg. digestion, memory) as well as observable ones (eg. skin, hair and nails). Regular use of this ayurvedic medicine can heal both long and short term ailments. Further, you may use this alongside other herbs (eg. ashwagandha) to amplify benefits.

Take a look here for some Ayurveda tips for skin health. 

Check out some spiritual learning from Atyuveda here to revitalise your mind and body,  

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