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  • Jatamansi has been in use among the Indians as a perfume and medicine from ancient times. It is mentioned by Susruta in a prescription for epilepsy and is prescribed by Indian physicians as a nervine tonic, carminative and aromatic adjunct in the preparation of medicinal oils and ghees.
  • It grows in the alpine Himalayas from Punjab to Sikkim and Bhutan, at altitudes of between 3,000 and 5,000 m.
  • The flowers are rosy, pale pink or blue, in dense cymes.The rhizome is used as a substitute for valerian. The whole plant has a distinct and lingering smell.
  • The rhizome of Jatamansi has high medicinal value and the essential oil extracted from the rhizomes is used in perfumery. Jatamansi is also locally known as Bhulte, Balchhad, and Masijara in different parts of Nepal. It is known as Spikenard in English. 
  • Jatamansi is harvested for local use as well as for the trade of its valuable roots/rhizomes. The appropriate time for harvesting Jatamansi is October through December.
  • Traditional healers use the root for different purposes. It is used as a stimulant, antiseptic, insect repellent and for the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria, convulsive affections, stomachache, constipation and cholera.
  • The rhizome is used as an aromatic adjunct in the preparation of medicinal oil. It is also believed to be useful for leprosy. Mixed with sesame oil, it is rubbed on the head as a nerve sedative. Its oil is also believed to promote growth and impart blackness to hair. The local people also use the rhizome for making incense by mixing it with the powder of Juniper and Sunpati.
  • The essential oil extracted from jatamansi rhizomes is used in traditional medicines, cosmetics and flavoured tobacco in India. It is also increasingly popular as a fixative for perfumes and aromatherapy products in other countries.
  • In Nepal,the processing plant produces essential oil through steam distillation. About 150-180 kilograms of dried jatamansi rhizomes can be processed per batch, which yields 1.33-1.60 kilograms of oil. Annual production is expected to be 150 kilograms of jatamansi oil, which should expand to 250 kilograms. At full capacity, the facility will serve 225 gatherers, who each sell an average of 150 kilograms of dried jatamansi per year. 
  • The main market is Indian manufacturers, but European and North American cosmetics firms are potential purchasers. 

Content Headlines on CD ROM

  • Plants for a Future
  • Ayurveda Herb Jatamansi
  • Nardostachys jatamansi Information
  • Jatamansi
  • Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Safety Document
  • Valerian And Nardostachys
  • Spikenard
  • Indian Herbs
Growth And cultivation
  • Need for scientific intervention for its cultivation in central Himalaya
  • Herbal Monograph
  • Distribution And Habitat
  • Commercial viability of cultivation of an endangered medicinal herb
  • Cultural Research on Samayo for its Domestication
  • Medicinal And Aromatic plant cultivation in Uttaranchal
  • Valerianaceae
  • Steam Distillation, CO2's And Absolutes
  • Hina-India's Mystery Perfume
  • Revenue generation from community forestry and its impact on Protected areas in Nepal
  • How Essential Oils are made
  • Evaluation Of Germplasm and Threat Status of the Alpine Medicinal herb
  • Great Drink of Roots


  • Herbal Tonics
  • Medicinal Oil
  • Spikenard Essential Oil
  • Spikenard Essential Oil Information
  • Spikenard Oils
  • Spikenard Perfumes
  • Powders & Tablets
  • Jatamansi Capsules
  • Material Safety Data Sheet
Company profiles
  • Elixir Extracts Private Limited
  • Herbs Forever Inc
  • Market New Zealand Limited
  • Victory Corporate And Technical Services Pvt Ltd
  • Surajbala Exports Private Limited

Medicinal Uses

  • A Critically endangered medicinal plant of west Himalaya
  • Threats to the sustainability of Ethno- medicinal uses
  • Explore the medicinal plant wealth of Van Vihar at Potter's Hill
  • Plant oils provide great Medicinal Value
  • The safety issue in aromatherapy
  • Role of Natural Products in Resource Management
  • Biodiversity
  • Developing the medicinal plants sector in Northern India

Production management

  • Biotechnology, biodiversity and natural resources management
  • Utilization of non timber forest products
  • Alphine medicinal plant trade and Himalayan Mountain Livelihood Strategies
  • Heterogeneity In Ethnoecological Knowledge and Management of Medicinal Plants in the Himalayas Of Nepal
  • Experiences of the Non-Timber Forests products Based Enterprise development in Nepal
  • Baseline Information On Medicinal Plants Conservation And Sustainable utilisation
  • Medicinal Plants and Conservation
  • Intervention for the Benefits of Local Communities
  • Current Status And Distribution of Commercially exploited medicinal and aromatic Plants
  • Medicinal Plants in Meghalaya
  • Laws and regulations relating to conservation, trade and use of medicinal plants
  • Inventory And Future Management Strategies
  • Earth Negotiations Bulletin
  • 5th International congress on Traditional Asian Medicine
  • Monitoring the  Effects of community Based Conservation and commercial utilization
  • Knowledge Sharing for the Natural Resource community
  • Convention on International trade in Endangered Species
Buyers And Suppliers
  • Anu Chem. Industries
  • Buying Leads
  • Jatamansi Importers
  • Essential Oil Supplier Directory
  • Gyan Flavours Export
  • Export Shopee
  • Jatamansi Oil suppliers
  • Exporters Of Jatamansi Oil
  • K.Patel Phyto Extractions Pvt Ltd
  • Rolex Impex Co
  • G.Das & Co. Pvt. Ltd
  • Suppliers In the UK
  • Allachy Project
  • New Biomass Project
  • USAID Global Conservation Program- Nepal Project
  • Biotechnology for Societal Development
  • Biodiversity Conservation Project
  • H.P Govt Initiatives in promoting Himalayan Medicinal Plants

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