Nagarmotha- Its Uses and Benefits

Nagarmotha- Its Uses and Benefits

on March 02, 2022

What is Nagarmotha

Nagarmotha also known as 'Cyperus rotundus' or 'Nut grass' has many medicinal properties and is widely used in ayurvedic medicine. Nagarmotha is a perennial herb that mostly grows during spring and summer. Nagarmotha is best grown in moist soil and hence majorly  found in the Africa, southern and central Europe and South Asia. Besides medicinal uses Nagarmotha is also used in spices and perfumes. 

Uses of Nagarmotha

Nagarmotha is mainly used in the form of powder and oil.

Nagarmotha powder

Nagarmotha powder or Nagarmotha churna is extracted from the roots of Nagarmotha plant. Nagarmotha powder has been widely used for the treatment of the disorders of skin, hair, stomach, joints, kidney, etc., and is also helpful in reducing obesity. Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon nagarmotha powder with lukewarm water after food for abdominal pain and digestion related problem or mix it with water or oil to make a paste and apply to skin and hair.

Nagarmotha powder is rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamin B complex, and minerals such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Nagarmotha powder has anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative, antifungal, antibacterial, and other medicinal properties. The active ingredients in this plant are alkaloids. These alkaloids are responsible for their analgesic activity.
From an Ayurvedic point of view, Nagarmotha powder has Pachan (Digestive) and Deepan (Appetizer) properties, which helps in igniting the digestive fire (Agni) and improving digestion. It also balances the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas, and thus helps in various diseases caused due to the imbalance in these doshas.

Nagarmotha Oil 

Nagarmotha oil is also extracted form the roots of Nagarmotha. Nagarmotha oil can be applied on skin, hair, and joints. Nagarmotha oil has stress busting properties.

Benefits of Nagarmotha

Listed below are the several benefits of Nagarmotha powder for skin, hair, and health- 

Nagarmotha Powder for Skin disorders

Nagarmotha powder is considered to be one of the best herbal remedies for skin and is used for treating various types of skin disorders including eczema, dermatitis, acne, etc. It acts as an antifungal agent. It also helps with skin allergies and hypersensitive skin. It prevents damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant activity and acts as an anti-aging agent. Nagarmotha powder helps in reducing the itching and swelling due to its anti-inflammatory properties and it also stops bleeding by acting as an astringent and also evens out the skin tone.


Take half to one teaspoon of Nagarmotha powder and make a paste with rose water. Apply on the skin and leave for 2 to 4 hours. Cleanse with water. Repeat this till symptoms resolve.

Nagarmotha uses for Hair 

a woman having her face covered with her hair. (Nagarmotha helps in treating hair problems)


Nagarmotha powder is very effective in treating hair problems such as dandruff and hair loss resulting from dandruff. It balances the Pitta and Kapha doshas which cures dandruff and dry scalp issues and controls hair fall. It also treats ringworm and psoriasis of the scalp due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties and helps get rid of lice infestation. It also resolves split ends and helps in making hair smooth and shiny.


Take one to two teaspoons of Nagarmotha powder and make a paste with coconut oil. Apply on the scalp and hair and leave for 2 to 4 hours. Wash with herbal shampoo. Use regularly till symptoms resolve.

Nagarmotha is used to treat stomach disorders

Nagarmotha powder relieves abdominal pain caused by gas and indigestion. Its Deepan (Appetizer) and Pachan (Digestion) properties ignite the digestive fire (Agni) and improve digestion. Nagarmotha powder also resolves diarrhea.


Take half to one teaspoon of Nagarmotha powder and consume it with lukewarm water twice daily after meals.

Nagarmotha helps in joint pains

Nagarmotha powder provides relief in arthritic and rheumatic joint pains, and also relieves swelling and stiffness of joints.


Nagarmotha powder can be mixed with mustard oil and applied over the joints to get relief from the pain.

Nagarmotha for reducing obesity

a boy standing on weighing scale( Nagarmotha helps in managing weight)


Nagarmotha powder helps in obesity by reducing fat deposition. It eliminates excess Ama, improves digestion and food absorption, and prevents excess fat accumulation.


¼ to ½ teaspoon Nagarmotha powder with lukewarm water after food twice a day.

Nagarmotha is used in treatment of fever

Nagarmotha powder acts as an antipyretic and reduces fever by clearing out excess Ama from the body.


Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon Nagarmotha powder and boil in 1-2 cups of water until the volume reduces to half. Consume 2-3 times a day to control fever.

Nagarmotha Increases lactation

A research paper published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology mentions that Nagarmotha powder also enhances the secretion of milk in lactating mothers. It increases the production of prolactin hormone which improves the flow and quantity of milk in nursing mothers. Please consult your Ayurvedic physician for usage tips and dosage recommendations.

Nagarmotha for curing urinary disorders

Nagarmotha powder has diuretic properties and reduces burning sensation during urination. It facilitates in curing kidney stones as it contains certain properties that dissolve the accumulated minerals in the kidneys.


¼ to ½ teaspoon Nagarmotha powder and mix it with honey and consume or take it with water twice daily after meals.

Nagarmotha powder has several medicinal properties which are attributed to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, astringent nature. It is the herb of choice for healthy skin and hair. It optimizes digestion and relieves flatulence and diarrhea. It is very effective in joint pains. Moreover, this herbal remedy has a very good safety profile.


Does Nagarmotha powder helps with weight loss?

Yes, Nagarmotha powder reduces Ama from the body, improves digestion, and prevents accumulation of fat in the body, thus aiding in weight loss.

Does Nagarmotha powder treat dandruff?

Yes, Nagarmotha powder is a very effective remedy for dandruff, dry scalp, and hair loss due to these issues. It also makes the hair healthy and shiny.

Can Nagarmotha powder be used during pregnancy?

There are no specific studies that show the safety of using Nagarmotha powder for pregnant women. So, it is better to avoid the use of Nagarmotha powder during pregnancy.

Is Nagarmotha powder good for skin problems?

The most common usage of Nagarmotha powder is for the treatment of various skin problems. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which help treat eczema, ringworm, psoriasis, and acne. It also reduces skin allergies and is safe even for hypersensitive skin. Nagarmotha powder also evens the skin tone.

Does Nagarmotha powder improve digestion?

Nagarmotha powder is very effective for treating issues related to indigestion. It ignites the digestive fire and improves digestion. It also relieves problems like flatulence and diarrhea.


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