Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) is a plant from the Valerianaceae family that is found in the Himalaya mountains. In cultures from Asia to Europe and North Africa has the plant always been particularly valued because of its qualities and scent. Jatamansi essential oil increases awareness, calms the psyche, strengthens the nerve system, purifies the blood and looks after skin and hair.
Jatamansi is known under many names of which some are misleading. The most used valid names are:
Names that are not validly being used are 'nardus', '(Indian) valerian' and 'Valeriana wallichi'.
Jatamansi grows in an area where since ages ayurveda, the Hinduistic medicine, is being practised. It is no wonder then that jatamansi is in use in ayurveda. Below you can find a general overview of the qualities of jatamansi from ayurvedic perspective.
Jatamansi grows in the wild exclusively in the Himalaya mountains and has therefore no traditional place in Western herbology. However due to the increased general availability of jatamansi has this plant also become increasingly part of herbology. Below follows an overview of the qualities as found in Western herbology.
Jatamansi is probably the plant to which is referred with the name 'valerian' in the Agni Yoga teaching of Helena Roerich.
Jatamansi essential oil can be used aromatically, in bath, for massage and as a perfume. Consult before use the paragraph 'Side Effects' and when hesitant a doctor or therapist.
No side effects are known. Jatamansi essential oil can be used safely.
Jatamansi essential oil has in general constituents as follows: