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Guide To Nagarmotha Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

Nagarmotha essential oil, also called cypriol or cyperus, is produced from several of the about 700 species of sedges (grass-like plants) called cyperus. Most commonly, you'll find nagarmotha oil made from Cyperus scariosus, Cyperus rotundus, or Cyperus mitis Seud.

Photo of Nagarmotha plant with the words Guide to Nagarmotha (Cypriol) Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

"Nagarmotha is a deep scent that will ground you, bringing simplicity and stillness," writes aromatherapist Helen Nagle-Smith in Working With Unusual Oils.

Plant family: Cupressaceae

Production: Steam or hydro distilled from the dried rhizomes (roots) of the plant.

Aroma: Wood, spicy, and sweet with rich earth undertones.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Base (sometimes used as a substitute for patchouli)

Is nagarmotha safe to use during pregnancy? Probably not. Consult a professional.

Is nagarmotha essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.

Cautions: None known.

Main components of Cyperus mitis Seud.:

  • cyperene          15.8–24.4%
  • isopatchoulenone 2.3–16.5%
  • corymbolone      3.2–11.9%

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Nagarmotha Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: Cyperus rotundus has a heating and drying energy that may help tone skin and muscle, dry mucous, and calm the mind. The oil decreases vata dosha.

Stillpoint Aromatics: Cyperus rotundus is useful for the first chakra for survival and support, the second chakra for relationships and creation energy, the third chakra for personal power, and the seventh chakra for balancing, clarity, grounding, introspective, meditative, purifying.

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Cyperus scariosus helps you find a positive perspective in difficult times and situations. The oil is especially beneficial for the sixth chakra to help you see clearly when experiencing difficult emotions.

Eden's Botanicals: The scent of Cyperus scariosus can create a peaceful ambience and is highly suited for meditation practices.

LG Botanicals: Cyperus scariosus is an emotionally calming essential oil. It may help relieve respiratory congestion, digestive issues, or menstrual cramps (used in a compress on the abdomen).

Nature in Bottle: Cyperus scariosus essential oil works well in skin care blends for dry, damaged, environmentally stressed, and mature skin. You can also use the oil in body butters and lotions for all skin types to nourish and promote skin health. This essential oil may help manage minor pain and inflammation, especially related to arthritis and may also support the lungs and clear breathing.

Nagarmotha essential oil has a calming and soothing effect that helps reduce nervousness, anxiety, and depression and also promotes restful sleep. The oil supports reflection and introspection, encourages emotional healing, and induces peace and calm, particularly during meditation.

Working With Unusual Oils: Use nagarmotha essential oil to reduce arthritis pain, in sleep blends when you are experiencing pain, to help relive respiratory issues, for digestive aliments that include lack of appetite, and to support healthy skin and hair. The oil is especially good for mature skin. This essential oil supports spiritual and meditative reflection and helps in finding peace, comfort, stillness, and space, while reducing overthinking. Suggested essential oils to blend with nagarmotha:

  • For respiratory issues: Fragonia
  • To support sleep: clary sage, cedarwood, patchouli, neroli, or petitgrain mandarin
  • For meditation: frankincense, palo santo, sandalwood, or spikenard
  • To promote joy or body-mind connection: jasmine or ylang ylang

Aromatherapeutic Blending offers the following suggestions of essentials oil to blend with Cyperus scariosus:

  • To relieve agitation or a restless mind: atlas or Himalayan cedarwood
  • To lessen stress, tension, depression. and anxiety: champaca
  • To relieve tension and stress: kaffir lime leaf
  • To reduce stress, tension, depression, insomnia: nutmeg
  • To relieve low mood, depression, poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety: jasmine
  • To lessen depression, apprehension, nervousness: turmeric
  • For relaxation and well-being: clove
  • To support general well-being: ginger or turmeric
  • To help maintain health and reduce stress: plai
  • To help relieve inflammation and pain: cypress or palmarosa
  • To help relieve tension and spasm: lime

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