Chandni Flower | Nandiyavattai Poo | Carnation of India Uses & Benefits: Cure for Burning Sensation in Eyes

Nandhiyavattai Poo| Chandni flower (Hindi name) is very commonly found all over Tamil Nadu. Most of the homes in Tamil Nadu will have this plant in their homes for using it in prayers. These flowers have amazing medicinal uses, especially for relaxing tired eyes and getting rid of the burning sensation in the eyes.

If you are a person, who spends a lot of time in front of the computer or doing intricate work, you will find your eyes getting tired and developing a burning sensation.

These flowers are great for treating the burning sensation in the eyes and are known to relax and refresh the eyes. If the flowers are crushed and placed on the eyes, you will find your eyes immediately refreshed and the burning sensation will stop very quickly.

What Is Nandhiyavattai Poo?

Chandni is an ever green shrub and it’s flowers are one of the most widely used flowers for prayers and it needs very little maintenance. It is called “Nandiyavattai” in Tamil and “Moon Beam| Carnation of India | East Indian Rosebay” in English. Chandini flower’s scientific name is Tabernaemontana Divaricata.

These are beautiful white flowers and if you are regular reader of this blog, you would have seen the tree in the back ground, in most of my pictures. There is the single layered flowers, like in the picture and double layered flowers, you can use either one.

How To Use Nandiyavattai Poo?

To make this eye mask, first take a 100% pure cotton cloth, boil it in water to sterilize the cloth and squeeze out the water. Now take fresh chandni flowers and crush them in a mortar and pestle. Place it on the cloth and roll it gently, lie down in a comfortable bed and place it over the eyes.

You will find the burning sensation stop very quickly. Even if you don’t suffer from burning sensation of eyes, whenever you see these flowers, take one and press them on the eyes, you will find your eyes much brighter and refreshed. If you are a person who suffers a lot from burning sensation of the eyes, use this mask at least weekly thrice to see good results.

1. Take a whiten cotton cloth and boil it in water to sterilize the cloth. Switch off, remove the cloth and squeeze out the water.

2. Collect fresh flowers and crush them in a mortar and pestle.

3. Place the crushed flowers in the prepared cloth in a straight line.

4. Fold the both ends to the middle, to prevent the flowers falling out and use it as an eye pack for 10 to 15 minutes.


  • The flowers should be fresh.
  • Make sure to use only pure cotton cloth



  1. Aparna Roy
    September 28, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    Thank you Ramya. These flowers are very common in West Bengal and called tagor phool. Used mainly as flower offerings to household Gods they make a very pretty picture alongside red hibiscus or joba phool in the pooja thaali. I do not have any eye problem but feel empowered to know a solution. Will pass on to those who need it. Can you also do something on Kalmegh leaves as they are easily available. In a few bengali homes small badis are made and sundried and consumed as pills. Some people also chew raw leaves in the morning.

    February 14, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Useful info. I hv the single n double variety at my home.

    • Ayalurv
      July 10, 2016 / 1:48 pm

      Hello Priya,Possible to provide stem of these please ? respond to thanks. Mohan

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 8:15 am

      Hi sir, you can easily get the stems of this plant in all the local nurseries…

    • Ayalurv
      July 17, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Hi Ramya,Thanks for your response. I live in the UK and hard to find this item here.

  3. Geetha
    March 9, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Wonderful informative blog!!! Can we use this flower to make Kajal? Is this flower called parijatham too?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 8:38 am

      These are not parijatham flowers they are smaller and has a wonderful fragrance, these don't have any fragrance at all. I haven't tried kajal with these flowers…

  4. Anonymous
    April 3, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    yes i think you can make kajal from nandiyavattai. can you translate what the tamil means literally?how to use the buds or only we use the open flower?my buds were extremely sticky. i have the buds which i couldn't get to open after picking.will the bud open only on the tree itself or i can open it within the home somehow….?which deities are especially fond of this?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 4:27 am

      The buds open up in the tree itself and I would suggest using the flowers not the buds. You can use chandni | nandiyavattai for all the deities…

  5. Anonymous
    April 7, 2016 / 4:16 am

    people are saying there are two types idampiri and valampiri… can you explain what these means?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      They are the names of types of sangu | sacred conch shell…

  6. Bonnie Rosa
    August 25, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Where does turmeric come from and how do you use it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Turmeric powder is obtained from a rhizome of a plant belonging to the genus curcuma, the roots are dried and powdered. You can find the different ways to use turmeric at home here

  7. Yamomoto
    September 6, 2016 / 5:19 am

    I am on an inhaler which inhibits gut movement & causes dry mouth & throat.Can I take kadukkai powder & in what dose?

  8. kkkausda
    December 14, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    Tabernaemontana orientalis and Nandiyavattai Poo the same one ?

  9. savithiri336
    February 28, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Sorry it's maraimalai adigal book

    • sasikumar
      June 7, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Yes its really good.

  10. Vaidhya arun
    November 5, 2017 / 8:43 am

    What is paneer flowers.i heard it can be used for eye wash along with nandhyavattai flower.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 7, 2017 / 6:41 am

      Paneer flowers are a variety of rose that smells amazing and has wonderful cooling properties. And yes, you can use it as an eye wash too..

  11. niranjana shankar
    December 3, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I got this nandiyavettai plant as return to maintain and grow it. I am clueless about plants. Shud I transfer it into a flower pot? Water daily? And how frequently shud I be changing the soil? Thank you

  12. Unknown
    December 13, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    How frequent can we use it

  13. Vijayalakshmi Menon
    November 2, 2018 / 12:50 am

    Thank you! You’re doing a great service to mankind! May Ishwara bless you!

  14. Shirish Pandey
    December 12, 2019 / 11:52 am

    Good morning Ramya , thank you for an excellent article. Recently while conversing with an elderly gentleman from TN ,I was told about the benefits of using Nandiya Kottai for eye ailments . May I request for identification of this flower or have I got the name wrong due to my inability to speak Tamil ? I will be grateful for your help. Regards Shirish

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