Nagarmotha (Cyperus roundus), commonly called Mustak or Nutgrass is a widely popular herb in Ayurveda for its numerous health benefits. Although this plant is considered as the ‘world’s worst weed’, it has many medicinal properties that can be used for the betterment of our lives. This plant can be found across the globe and is largely grown in pacific islands for commercial purposes.
Nagarmotha in Ayurveda:
The root and root powder of Nagarmotha is extensively used in Ayurveda in the treatment of many diseases. This ayurvedic herb is bitter and gives a pungent smell. The main components of this herb are essential oils, flavonoids, terpenoids, sesquiterpenes, cyprotene, cyperene, selinene, rotundene, etc., It also has diuretic, emmenagogue, anthelmintic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidysenteric, antirheumatic activities.
Incredible health benefits of Nagarmotha
1. Nagarmotha for skin problems
Nagarmotha is extremely useful in managing skin problems. It has a lot of skin benefitting properties. Applying the root powder of Nagarmotha with coconut oil on the skin prevents the skin from infections and helps cure itchiness and dry skin. It also helps to maintain fair skin.
2. Nagarmotha for digestion
Nagarmotha has a pungent, bitter-sweet flavour that has the ability to relieve spasms and pain mainly on the digestive system. The root powder of Nagarmotha increases your appetite and the pungent aroma helps to cure indigestion.
3. Nagarmotha for high blood sugar
Nagarmotha has been used in the treatment of high blood sugar for ages. Consuming the root powder of this plant regularly helps block the excess sugar from getting absorbed by the body. Thus, it manages high blood sugar levels.
4. Nagarmotha for Menstrual complaints
One of the main uses of Nagarmotha in Ayurveda is in the treatment of menstrual complaints. Using Nagarmotha regularly regulates menstruation, overdue periods and also provides relief from painful cramps due to menstruation.
5. Nagarmotha for obesity
Nagarmotha root power has anti-obesity properties. Regular consumption of this powder reduces the accumulation of fat in the body and helps reduce obesity. It also burns and improves the process of fat metabolism.
Although Nagarmotha is considered one of the worst weeds known to man, Ayurveda has found an effective way to use this plant for the benefit of mankind. Thus, Nagarmotha can benefit our health in numerous ways.