Bhootkeshi – Bhutakeshi
Latin – Selinum vaginatum
Other Names : Beg karfas, Begkarfas, Bhutakeshi, Bhootkeshi, Akasamamsi, Mura, Bhurigandha, Gandhamadanri, Selinum vaginatum, Rochanatagara, Mansri Vishesa, Rochana-Tagara, Bhutakesi, Muramaansi, Mura, Moramamsi, Murra, Pushwari , Taggar, Moor, Pushwaari, Peshavari
Origin : India
Chemical Constituents : Coumarins, vaginatin, selinidin, vaginol, vaginidin and archangelone.
Ayurvedic Classification :
- Rasa (taste on the tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (Bitter)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Ruksha (Dry), Snigdha (Unctuous)
- Virya (Action): Ushna
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Katu (Pungent)
Action / Karma
- Tridoshahara: Pacifies all the three doshas
- Vedanahara: Gives relief in Vedna or Pain.
- Rakshoghna: Protects against diseases
- Keshya: Nourishes and improves hair condition.
- Vranashodhana: Wound cleaning.
- Analgesic: Pain relieving.
- Antispasmodic: Relieve spasm of involuntary muscle.
- Aromatic: Pleasant and distinctive smell.
- Carminative: Relieves flatulence.
- CNS-Depressant: Slow brain activity. This property makes them useful for treating anxiety and sleep disorders.
- Emmenagouge: Stimulates or increases menstrual flow.
- Hypotensive: Lower blood pressure.
- Nervine sedative: Nerve Tonic, calms nerves.
- The rhizome is used for fumigation to ward off ghosts and spirits.
- The rhizomes are used for liquor preparation.
- The roots are aromatic and used as incense or Dhoop.