Sanskrit name: Jatamansi
Botanical name: Nardostachys jatamansi
Habitat: This Ayurvedic herb is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim. It grows in Himalayas at altitudes from 9,000-17,000feet.
- Rasa (tatse): Biitter, Astringent, Sweet
- Virrya (action): HEating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
- Doshas (constitution): Balances vata, pitta and kapha
It is best known in Ayurveda for its application on the skin and blood ailments. It improves immunity and digestion system. Ayurveda recommends it as a Medhya, which means it improves brain functions.