Herb / Mineral of the Month
Botanical Name : Mesua ferrea
Family Name: Clusiaceae
Part Used: FLOWER, SEED
Origin of Herbs:
It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree up
to 13 m tall, often buttressed at the base with a trunk up to 90
cm in diameter. It has simple, narrow, oblong, dark green leaves
7-15 cm long, with a whitish underside; the emerging young leaves
are red to yellowish pink and drooping. The flowers are 4-7.5 cm
diameter, with four white petals and a centre of numerous yellow
The flowers are acrid, anodyne, digestive, constipating,
stomachic. It is used for railroad ties and structural timber.
They are useful in conditions like asthma, leprosy, cough, fever,
vomiting, impotency. The seed oil is considered to be very useful
in conditions like Vata and skin diseases.
The leaves are applied to the head in the form of a poultice for
severe colds. The seed oil is considered to be very useful in
conditions like Vata and skin diseases. The root of this herb is
often used as an antidote for snake poison. The dried flowers are
used for bleeding hemorrhoids and dysentery with mucus. Fresh
flowers are also prescribed for excessive thirst, excessive
perspiration, cough and for indigestion.
Powder of flower buds of Nagkesar in a dose of 3-6 gms, if taken
with butter or sweet less curd , it immediately checks bleeding &
Powder of Nagkesar If taken
with water Sweetend with sugar relieves abdominal colic, aids
According to Ayurvedic
principles Nagkesar augments digestive “fire” (Agni).
In a study of, the plant to assess its putative sex-steroidal
activity, no oestrogenic or progestational activity was found. Its
use in menorrhagia may he due to its action on capillaries. Oil is
used to treat skin diseases and its local application is also
recommended in rheumatism.
Ayurvedic Supplements that contains Nagkesar :