Spikenard (Jatamansi)


Spikenard Scientific Name

Nardostachys jatamansi

Spikenard Other Names

English: Spikenard
Hindi: Jatamansi
Sanskrit: Tapasvini, Vilomasa, Bhutajata, Jatamansi, Nalanda

What is Spikenard?

Spikenard, also known as “Tapaswani” in Ayurveda, is a dwarf, perennial, herbaceous, hairy, and endangered plant species. With thick roots and hairs, this aromatic herb has a cooling effect on the body. It works as a natural nervine tonic and memory enhancer by minimizing cell damage using its antioxidant property. It treats mental disorders like schizophrenia, epilepsy, stress, anxiety, depression and induces healthy sleep. Additionally, it also helps in treating skin problems because of its antifungal and antioxidant properties.

Common forms of Spikenard

Powder, Tablet, Capsule, Oil, Dried Rhizomes (underground stems)

Spikenard is commonly used for:

Spikenard Dosage

Powder: ¼ – ½ teaspoon (1 to 3 grams) or as prescribed.
Oil: 2-5 drops or as prescribed.
Tablet: 2-5 drops or as prescribed.
Capsule: 1-2 capsules twice a day or as prescribed.

Spikenard Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Excess intake can cause vomiting, twitching, abdominal pain, or purgation.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: It is advisable to avoid Spikenard or use only under medical supervision during pregnancy.
Children: Must be given under medical supervision.
People with high blood pressure and females in menstruation should avoid this herb because Spikenard can increase blood flow.

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