Thursday 29 August 2013


Botanical Name: Nardostachys grandiflora, Nardostachys jatamansi.
Common Name: Spikenard, Indian spikenard, Muskroot.
Vernacular Name: Jatamansi.
Parts Used: Rhizomes, Roots, Rhizome oil.

Chemical constituents: Jatamansi contains Alpha-patchoulenese, angelicin, beta-eudesemol, beta-patchoulenese, beta-sitosterol, calarene, calarenol, elemol, Jatamansin, Jatamansinol, jatamansone, n-hexacosane, n-hexacosanol, n-hexacosanyl arachidate, n-hexacosanyl isolverate, nardol, nardostechone, norsechelanone, oroselol, patchouli alcohol, seychelane, seychellen, seychellene, valeranal and valeranone.
Description: Pale yellow in color with medium viscosity and a musky aroma.                                                                          
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is extracted from dried rhizomes of the plant using steam distillation.
Health benefits
Nervous and convulsive disorders: Epileptic fits; hysteria and disturbances caused by menopause can be treated with Jatamansi. It soothes the nervous system, acting as a tranquiliser when used in very small doses.

Depression, chronic fatigue syndrome: Jatamansi extract has the properties of an antioxidant that allow it to alleviate the oxidative stress that is caused by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Cerebral ischemia and other neurodegenerative diseases: Jatamansi roots have been found to improve memory and learning, as well as to counter the amnesia induced by aging. Its antioxidant properties are known to be a suitable memory recuperative agent in treating dementia for elderly people. This property also significantly helps obstruction to spontaneous motor activity and motor coordination caused by focal ischemia.

Heart palpitations: This herb is a good cardiac stimulant and helps treating palpitation of the heart greatly.

Respiratory disorders: Bronchitis and other maladies in the respiratory system can be treated using Indian spikenard. Infusion of 30 to 40-gram doses with a little camphor and cinnamon are common.

Liver damage and toxicity: When rats were pre-treated with extracts of this herb, liver damage was found to be limited and survival rates increased, even when they were exposed to toxic substances—thus proving its serious role in protecting the liver.

Intestinal worms: Jatamansi is usually prescribed to children with a laxative like jalap. A purgative made from a brew of the rhizomes can also be specified.

Menstrual disorders: The herb helps to normalize the menstrual cycle and is especially useful in dysmenorrhoea (i.e. painful and problematic menstruation).

Low blood pressure: Through continued studies, Jatamansi has been proven to aid in treating low blood pressure, nervousness and discontinuous pulse.

Hair loss: A vital ingredient in hair oils and hair wash preparations, Jatamansi has widespread uses as a hair tonic.

Wednesday 28 August 2013


       It is steam distilled from black seeds of nigella sativa.
Black Seed containing high fatty acid content essential that very important for body health. Medical preparation containing linoleum and linolenic acids has been used by widespread to treat reduce blood cholesterol level, eczema, and skin disease, pressure pre menstruation, variety tumour, blood clotting disease (anterior thrombosis diseases), rheumatoid arthritis and sclerosis.


 Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils. In the essential oil thymoquinone was identified as the main component (up to 50%) besides p-cymene (40%), a-pinene (up to 15%), dithymoquinone and thymohydroquinone. Other terpene derivatives were found only in trace amounts: Carvacrol, carvone, limonene, 4-terpineol, citronellol. Furthermore, the essential oil contains significant (10%) amounts of fatty acid ethyl esters.


Nigella seed are effective in easing the symptoms of asthma. Nigella seeds have lowered the incidence of attacks and lead to a lower average severity of attacks.
High blood pressure
The Nigella seed also helps to lower blood pressure. When taken daily, Nigella seeds can drop blood pressure levels. Black Seed Oil helps the body in the production of prostaglandin E1 that decreases blood pressure.

 Pancreatic cancer
Black seed has been identified as highly beneficial in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Thymoquinone inhibit the development of cancer cells. It has been patented by the FDA in the USA in two distinctive cases for the treatment of cancer. Black Seed Oil is considered as a serious remedy for cancer that can also prevent from the side effects of chemotherapy and reinforce the immune system.
Several properties of the Nigella seed make it a very effective treatment for this mosquito-borne illness. Consuming the seeds gives the ability to recover from the illness faster than normal.
Mix branches of mint in boiling water and take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil and consume twice a day, morning and evening. Also use curd with food. Continue treatment for 21 days.
Black Seed Oil inhibits the absorption of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract, therefore helps fight back. Recommended use: take 2 capsules or mix half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil in boiling water (tea) and consume twice a day, morning and evening. Check blood glucose level after 20 days.
Asthma, cough, allergies
Black Seed Oil is an excellent remedy for asthma, bronchitis and respiratory tracts troubles. Black Seed Oil also happens to inhibit allergic reactions. Recommended use: Mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil in boiling water and inhale the vapour (twice a day), take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil in the morning. As a complement, apply and rub the chest and back with Black Seed Oil.
Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Stomachaches, Constipation
Black seed Oil is beneficial for the digestion. It contains saponin, helianthin and nigellin that have great qualities to clean the intestine and increase urine secretion, therefore, improve toxin elimination. Black Seed Oil stimulates digestion and helps evacuate gases from stomach and intestines. Recommended use: take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Nigella Sativa Oil morning and evening during 2 weeks.
Black Seed Oil is a natural anthelmintic (vermifuge). Take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil mixed with half teaspoon of vinegar and take twice a day. Avoid sugar.
Black Seed Oil inhibits glucose absorption by the gastrointestinal tract, therefore helps fight obesity. Recommended use: take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil morning and evening. Keep healthy diet.
Black Seed Oil is a natural remedy for hemorroids. Recommended use: take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil morning and evening. Avoid spicy food.
When mixed with milk, Black Seed Oil is an efficient remedy for jaundice. Take 2 capsules or mix half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil with a glass of milk.
Hair loss
Black seed reinforces the scalp and hair follicles, which reduces hair loss. Recommended use: take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil for 6 weeks. Alternatively, scrub the scalp with Black Seed Oil on dry hair.
Greying hair
Taking 2 capsules of Black Seed Oil each day helps slow down hair greying. Alternatively, scrub regularly the scalp with Black Seed Oil on dry hair.
Muscular pain and internal organs inflammation
Black Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and pain killer Take 2 capsules morning and evening. Alternatively: apply directly and scrub, after having cleaned the affected area.

Toothache, gums, bad breath, bleeding
Black Seed Oil is an efficient remedy for mouth problems. Taking 1 capsule of Nigella Sativa Oil each day helps fight mouth problems. To fight toothaches of gum aches, apply Black Seed Oil on the affected area and scrub for 15 seconds. Repeat several times if necessary.
Backache, Rheumatisms, Arthritis
Black Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory and painkiller properties due to its component thymoquinone. Take 2 capsules or half teaspoon (2.5ml) of Black Seed Oil three times a day. In addition: warm Black Seed Oil, apply and scrub the affected area.

Wednesday 21 August 2013


Botanical name     Galangal officinarum
Part of Plant:          Rhizome

Major biochemical compounds:    trans-beta-Ocimene, cis-beta-Ocimene, 1,8-Cineol, Geraniol, Geranial, Camphor

Steam distilled oil from dried roots of alpine galangal.


·      The galangal rhizomes contain volatile oil, methyl cinnamate, eugenol and volatile diarylheptanoids, known as galangol. Furthermore, the plant contains gingerol, flavonoids (galangin, galangin-3-methyl ether and Kaempferide), starch, tannins and resins.

·      It is a bitter herb that is used to promote digestion and stimulate appetite and production of digestive fluids. The herb is therefore used to treat anorexia, indigestion (dyspepsia), colic and stomach ache. It is also used traditionally for hiccups, nausea, vomiting, chronic gastritis and ulcers in the digestive tract.

·      The herb has analgesic (relieving pain) and antipyretic (reducing fever) properties and it may also help reduce bacterial and fungal infections.

·      The rootstock of galanga has shown inhibitory effect in vitro on many pathogenic bacteria like anthrax bacillus, hemolytic streptococcus and various strains of staphylococcus.

·      Galanga is often recommended for motion sickness and morning sickness, an effect that is primarily attributed to ginger.

·      Galanga can also be applied as a treatment for infections of the upper respiratory tract such as chronic bronchitis and cough. An extract of the root is used as a mouthwash and a gargle for mouth ulcers, gum inflammation and other inflammation in the mouth and throat and as a treatment for bad breath (halitosis).

·      The Middle East there is a tradition of using the herb as a remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis.

·      Galangal is used as a seasoning in many meat, vegetable and fish dishes and it's also an important ingredient in many spice blends.