Crape jasmine

Crape jasmine

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Common name: Crape jasmine, Moonbeam, Carnation of India
Hindi: Chandni चांदनी , Tagar तगर, Tagari तगरी
Kannada: ನಂದಿಬಟ್ಟಲು Nandi Battalu
Tamil: நந்தியார்வட்டை Nandiar vattai
Gujarati: Sagar
Marathi: Ananta, Tagar
Botanical name: Tabernaemontana divaricata   
Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tabernaemontana citrifolia, Tabernaemontana coronaria, Nerium coronarium

Traditional Uses

Traditionally the roots of T. divaricata is considered acrid, bitter, thermogenic, anodyne, astringent, vermifuge and tonic. The flowers and latex are cooling with fragrant and anti-inflammatory respectively  The latex being anti-inflammatory in nature is often applied on wounds to promote healing. It is also used in treating the stye.

The plant had been used effectively to treat various forms of ophthalmia like acute and chronic conjunctivitis where the juice, squeezed out from the leaves, is dropped into the affected eye. A poultice made from the leaves is applied over mastitis and pyoderma and the decoction can be used in high blood pressure treatment.

The bitter roots are used to treat diarrhoea, sore throat, bone fracture and relieve toothache. It also used in combination with other herbs to treat  intestinal worm infestation, kidney problems, urinary stones and tumour.