Anti-fungal activity of Nardostachys jatamansi essential oil beneficial for treating (dermatophytosis) ringwormAuthor(s): Omprakash H.Nautiyal
Nardostachys jatamansi, a critically endangered rhizome-bearingmedicinal plant, is restricted to specialized habitats in high altitudes of the Himalaya. The present study describes the anti-fungal activity of essential oil against an infectious fungi. Jatamansi oil contains (+)-essential oil, resin, sugar, starch, bitter extractive matter, gum, ketone, jatamansone, jatamansic acid, jatamansone semicarbazone, lupeol,malliene, calarene, terpenic coumarin - jatamansin, oroselol, dietheniod bicyclic ketoneÂnardostachone, sesquiterpene ketoneÂjatamansone. AuthorÂs forearm was infected with ringworm; a fungal disease caused by dermatophytes a parasitic infection. Half a drop of oil applied daily and the infection was found to cure within one week of regular application.