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Cinnamomum tamala: A valuable tree from Himalayas

Author(s): Gunjan SHARMA | A.R. NAUTIYAL

Journal: International Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
ISSN 2249-4340

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Conservation | Himalayas | Medicinal properties | Cinnamomum tamala | Tejpat.

Cinnamomum tamala known as tejpat / bay leaves in trade, found in Himalayan region, is a promising medicinal plant species. Its leaves are widely used as spice throughout the world since ancient times. It is used in Indian system of traditional medicines in various Ayurvedic formulations. Leaves and bark have aromatic, astringent, stimulant and carminative qualities and used in rheumatism, colic, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The essential oil of the leaves called tejpat oil is medicinally used as carminative, anti-flatulent, diuretic, and in cardiac disorders. It is also used in pharmaceutical preparations because of its hypoglycemic, stimulant and carminative properties. Owing to its high medicinal value and being an important ingredient of the spices, the demand of C. tamala is increasing day by day. Therefore, species has been recommended for in-situ as well as ex-situ conservation with devising appropriate management plans.
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