Nardostachys Jatamansi

Botanical Name: Nardostachys jatamansi


Common Name:  Musk root, Jatamasi


Family:  Valerianaceae


Parts Used: Root (Rhizome)


Description: Valued by Ayurvedic and Himalayan physicians for its powerful sedative properties as well as for its soothing effect on the skin and restorative effect on the hair. It is used traditionally for complexion, strength, spasmodic hysteria, nervous convulsions, nervous headache, epilepsy, and heart palipitations. In Ayurveda, spikenard is traditionally used in hair preparations to not only calm the mind, but to keep hair from falling out. Its earthy, scent is said to please the earth spirits. Commonly burned as incense among Himalayan dwellers to calm and sanctify the environment.


Active Compounds: Bornyl acetate, isobornyl valerianate, borneol, patchouli,  terpinyl valerianate, terpineol, eugenol, pinenes.


Medicinal Properties: Skin Care: Allergies, inflammation, mature skin (rejuvenating), rashes. Nervous system: Insomnia, nervous indigestion, migraine, stress and tension


Uses: In perfumery such as oriental bases, heavy florals, foug eres, woody bases, animal amber types, etc; in flavors as a modifier for valerian, hop, ginger, calamus, cardamom, etc.