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Nagkeshar Scientific Name

Mesua ferrea

Nagkeshar Other Names

English: Iron wood of Assam, Cylon Iron Wood, Cobra’s Saffron
Hindi: Nagkesar, Nogkesar, Nagakeshar
German: Nagassamen
Chinese: Tie li Mu
Japanese: Tagayasan
Russian: Meua Zheleznaia
Sanskrit: Nagkesar, Nagpushp

What is Nagkeshar?

Nagkeshar or Nagkesar is a powerful Ayurvedic herb that is found to work on Migraines. It is also helpful in treating fever, vomiting, UTIs etc.

It has expectorant properties that moves mucus from the lungs and aids in asthma. It has an astringent property that helps in treating bleeding piles, stomach irritation and dysentry. It is an effective anti-inflammatory and relieves pain, swelling and redness.

Common forms of Nagkeshar

Stamens, Powder, Oil, Seeds

Nagkeshar is commonly used for:

  • Curing hemorrhage
  • Treating indigestion
  • Treating fever
  • Treating bleeding piles
  • Managing asthma
  • Promoting wound healing
  • Curing joint Pain
  • Curing headache
  • Reducing inflammation in rheumatism
  • Treating skin disorders

Nagkeshar Dosage

Powder: 1-3 gm daily
Oil: 2-5 drops as required or as prescribed by the doctor

Nagkeshar Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not known
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not enough conclusive scientific data, but use only under medical supervision.
Children: Not Known
Nagkesar is heat-producing or Ushna and can cause skin rashes if applied undiluted. Hence always use after diluting in coconut oil.

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Eucalyptus (Neelgiri)

Eucalyptus Scientific Name

Eucalyptus globulus

Eucalyptus Other Names

English: Tasmanian blue-gum eucalyptus
Hindi: Neelgiri
Sanskrit: Tailapatra, Sugandhapatra

What is Eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus is a tall tree found mainly in India and Australia. It is a gum tree and has long leaves with smoky aroma and pungent taste. Essential oil, obtained from distillation of the leaves, contains aromatics called eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. This oil has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and widely used in mouthwash, rubs, skin care creams, shampoos and other beauty products.

In Ayurveda, eucalyptus oil is recommended to be added to warm bath water to help fight against skin infections. The oil has an expectorant property that relieves cough and nasal congestion by facilitating liquefaction of mucus and clearing the airways. It also helps in fighting certain respiratory infections.

Common forms of Eucalyptus

Essential oil

Eucalyptus is commonly used for:

  • Treating and managing asthma
  • Colds and Flu
  • Treating inflammation of the airways caused in bronchitis
  • Relieving nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  • Removing dental plaque
  • Sinus Problems (Sinusitis)
  • Curing headache
  • Treating wound infection
  • Preventing acne
  • Relieving pain and swelling
  • Reducing cold and flu

Eucalyptus Dosage

Oil: 2-5 drops

Eucalyptus Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Application of undiluted eucalyptus oil can cause skin allergies
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known but should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Children: Not Known.

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