Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea)
Nagkesar is an evergreen ornamental tree that is found in most of the Asian countries. Various parts of Nagkesar are used either alone or in combination with other medicinal herbs for their health benefits.
Nagkesar is beneficial in relieving cold and cough as it removes excess mucus from the lungs. This also gives relief from certain symptoms of asthma. Taking Nagkesar powder along with honey or lukewarm water once or twice a day helps reduce fever by lowering the body temperature due to its antipyretic property. It also helps manage bleeding piles, dysentery and stomach irritation due to its astringent property.
According to Ayurveda, Nagkesar is good for improving digestion due to its Laghu (easy to digest) property.
Applying Nagkesar oil might be useful in managing skin problems as well as preventing skin infections due to its antimicrobial and strong wound healing property. It's topical application also helps reduce pain and inflammation due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-
Nagkeshar inhibits release of pro-inflammatory mediators of acute inflammation such as histamine and prostaglandin and prevents bronchospasm.