Jatamanshi

Sanskrit: JatámánshI
Hindi: Jatamashi, Balchar
English: Muskroot; Indian Spikenard
Latin: Nardostachys jatamansi DC.
Part Used: Rhizome, rhizome oil
Habitat: Himalayas: 9,000-17,000 feet; India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim
Energetics: Bitter, sweet, astringent-cold-pungent
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Tissues: Blood, marrow/nerve
Systems: Circulatory, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive
Action: Aromatic, antispasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, tonic, carminative, deobstruent, digestive stimulant, reproductive
Uses: Complexion, strength, kidney stones, jaundice, removes blood impurities, spasmodic hysteria and other nervous convulsive ailments; heart palpitations, nervous headache, flatulence, epilepsy, convulsions, respiratory and digestive diseases, skin conditions, typhoid, gastric disorders, seminal debility.
Spiritual Uses: Increases awareness
Precautions: None; its sedative properties increase awareness, whereas its cousin, valerian, dulls the mind
Preparation: Infusion, powder

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