Plant Myths and Traditions in Uttarakhand (Himalaya) - 6
By: Bhishma Kukreti, M.Sc. (Botany) (Mythology Research Student)
Botanical Name: Selinum vegenatum, Selinum vegenatum
Hindi Name –Bhutkesi
Garhwali name –Bhutkeshi or Taggar
Kumaoni Name- Moor
Bhutkesi are found in Western Himalayas between 1800m to 3800 m.
Traditional Medical Uses
Bhutkeshi is a hair less plant but its rhizomes are with long hair. In Ayurveda, the rhizomes and fruits fruits have medicinal values. Roots are used as nervine sedative.
There is perception among people that Rhizomes of Bhutkeshi ward off the evil spirit. Tantra –Mantra performers use Bhutkeshi rhizomes in local rituals. People keep Bhutkeshi rhizomes with them in houses for keeping off Bhut (Evil Spirit).
Reference: Harish Singh, 2008, Importance of local names of some useful in ethnobotanical study (Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, Vol. 7(2))
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