Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)


Nardostachys jatamansi is a flowering plant of the valerian family that grows in the Himalayas. It is a source of a type of intensely aromatic amber-colored essential oil, spikenard. The oil has, since ancient times, been used as a perfume, as a traditional medicine, and in religious ceremonies. It is also called spikenard, nard, nardin, or muskroot.

Nardostachys jatamansi has been reported to have many therapeutic activities like antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, hepatoprotective and cardio protective properties.
Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-

Anti-depressant: Jatamansi increase in the levels of central monoamines and inhibitory amino acids, including a change in the levels of serotonin, 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid, gamma-aminobutyric acid, and taurine that contributes to its anti-depressant action.

Cognitive: Jatamansi improves cognition by Acetyl cholinesterase inhibitory activity