Nardostachys jatamansi is a plant of the Valerianaceae family that grows in the Himalaya. It is also called spikenard, nard, or muskroot. In Bhutan, it is known as པང་པེད (pang poe). It grows around 10 to 20 cm in height and its flower is rose-purple with a whitish tip. It has medicinal properties and has been valued by Ayurvedic medicine. Jatamansi is available in the market along with other incenses.

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Rhizomes (rootstalk) are crushed and distilled to produce oil. Nard oil is used as perfume and other health problems. It is popularly used here as incense and has a strong aromatic smell. Nard oil is also used as hair oil for hair growth and control dandruff. The root powder cure intestinal worms and other digestive systems.

Dried Jatamansi

Layap, people living in highland, depend on this plant as their source of income. Domestic cat loves jatamansi and is playful around them. It is believed to fight insomnia, depression, improves nerve function, and other minor ailments. However, people suffering from hypersensitivity should avoid its consumption as it may cause skin irritation and difficulty in breathing.

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