Latin:  Celastrus paniculatus

Family:  Celastraceae

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Properties:  Analgesic, stimulant, nootropic, diaphoretic, mildly aphrodisiac, antipruritic, mildly laxative

Actions:  This is an Ayurvedic herb that has long been renowned for its ability to improve cognitive function, memory, reduce stress, calm anxiety and improve sleep.  The oil of this plant is strongly stimulating and helpful for painful “stuck” pain such as gout, paralysis, sciatica arthritis and neuralgia.  Its moving qualities make it useful for stimulating peristalsis and for improving respiration.

In terms of mental health, this should be considered mainly for its analgesic, calming, and cognitive enhancing properties.  Jyotishmati literally means an herb which is cognitively enlightening.  Its stimulating properties make it useful with folks who feel stuck, anxious, tight with pain, cloudy or dull in mind and thought.

Dosage:  1-3 grams as powder or in capsules.  Traditionally the seeds have been chewed (upwards of a 100 a day).  The oil can be used in liniments for external pain relief, to decrease itching and reduce muscle paralysis. 5-15 drops of seed oil.

Contraindications:  Avoid taking oil internally (emetic).