Jaóámáòçhí, Jatamashi, Balchar, Muskroot; Indian Spikenard


Sanskrit: Jaóámáòçhí


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


Tissues: Blood, marrow/nerve

Systems: Circulatory, nervous, digestive, respira- tory, reproductive

Action: Aromatic, antispasmodic, diuretic, emme- nagogue, nervine, tonic, carminative, deobstruent, digestive stimulant, reproductive

Uses: Complexion, strength, kidney stones, jaun- dice, removes blood impurities, spasmodic hyste- ria and other nervous convulsive ailments; heart palpitations, nervous headache, flatulence, epi- lepsy, convulsions, respiratory and digestive dis- eases, 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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