5 Top Benefits & Uses Of Nagarmotha | Korai Kizhangu | Cyperus Rotundus | Musta Herb

We call nut grass rhizomes Korai Kizhangu | Muthakasu in Tamil and Nagarmotha in Hindi. Nut grass is considered a weed but the rhizomes of the grass are regarded very highly in ayurvedic medicine and has been used for thousands of years. The grass is used to make mats and you will never find a single home in our village without the mat, we call it korai pai. Though you get plastic mats, I would suggest trying mats made out of nagarmotha, I am sure you will love it as much as I do. The botanical name of nagarmotha is Cyperus Rotundus and it is said to have been originated in India. You will be really surprised at the medicinal properties of the rhizome, it has astringent, analgesic, diuretic, antispasmodic, anti inflammatory, the list goes on and on. Many of these properties have been proven through clinical research. The rhizomes are black in color with a very distinctive pleasant odor. The rhizomes are used to make essential oil and nagarmotha oil also have lot of medicinal values. The nagarmotha | cypriol oil is used in creams, lotions and in perfumery. Nagarmotha is widely used in home remedies and it is also a very important ingredient in preparing the famous chyawanprash. Nagarmotha powder are sold everywhere, if you can get fresh roots you can use them too. Here are some of the very effective home remedies using nagarmotha: 1. Nagarmotha Essential Oil For Skin: Nagarmotha oil is a very very effective as a massage oil. It has been proven to have antibacterial properties. But never use the oil directly, always combine it with a base oil like unrefined coconut oil or sesame oil. Massaging the body with nagarmotha oil treats all the skin infections very effectively. It also relaxes a person very effectively. Nagarmotha oil also can be used for massaging painful joints and inflammation. 2. Nagarmotha For getting rid of intestinal worms: Nagarmotha is a very effective ingredient to get rid of intestinal worms. Nagarmotha powder taken along with little bit of ginger powder and honey is a very effective treatment for intestinal worms. 3. Nagarmotha For Diabetes: Nagarmotha powder has been proven through research to significantly reduce the blood sugar levels. There are also very few side effects of taking nagarmotha. 4. Nagarmaotha For Diarrhea: Nagarmotha decoction is used for treating diarrhea and is also proven through clinical research. To make the remedy, boil 1/2 cup of water along with a small piece of pounded nagarmotha, let it reduce, strain and have.This water also can be given for treating fevers and indigestion. 5. Nagarmotha For Wound healing: The wound healing effect of nagarmotha also has been proven through research. The fresh paste of the root can be used for treating all kinds of wounds. It can also be applied as poultice on the breasts to increase breast milk supply. 6. Nagarmotha For Hair Removal: Nagarmotha has always been used in many of the traditional bath powders because it prevents skin infections and body odor. When it is combined along with turmeric and kuppaimeni leaves, it helps to get rid of unwanted hair. This is a very safe treatment but it takes consistent daily use to see results…

1. Soak turmeric in water and rub onto a coarse stone to make a paste.

2. Sun dry the korai kilangu and grind to a powder. I ground it to a coarse powder as I was going to grind again along with other ingredients.

3. Collect fresh kuppaimeni plant and grind it along with turmeric paste and nagarmutha powder

3. Grind to a very fine paste. To use, apply this paste on the face, let it dry and gently scrub it off.


  • This paste should be applied regularly to see results. It can be used all over the body too.
  • This paste also treats all kinds of skin infections.
  • I have used fresh kuppaimeni but you can substitute it with good quality powder.
  • You can also use nagarmotha powder which is easily available online.
  • Like all herbal preparation for hair removal this is a treatment that takes months of regular use to see results, but it works.
  • This paste can be applied for young girls regularly as it does not have any side effects.



  1. Anonymous
    August 24, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Thank you! Ramya. How can I store this paste & for how long can it be stored ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      This paste can be stored in the refrigerator and used for about 4 to 5 days…

  2. gayatri
    September 3, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Where do we get all these ingedients

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 8, 2015 / 5:41 am

      Hi Gayathri, You can get all these ingredients in country medical stores | naatu marundhu kadai in Tamil…

  3. Rajkumar Dravid
    September 7, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Hi Ramya,Thanks a lot for the very informative blog. The information and remedies are nicely expressed. My friends and I are finding this blogs helpful, however, the issue is getting the items, herbs, in a fresh form. If we want to use it is powder form, may be afraid of getting a genuine product. Can anybody please let us know the site of any genuine online seller of these products. Also, if possible, please let us know the quantity (proportion) of each item for respective remedies.

  4. Anonymous
    September 10, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Can u pls tell me how to get rid of pimple marks?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 12, 2015 / 3:27 am

      Try applying turmeric and holy basil paste regularly for a few weeks…

    • Unknown
      April 20, 2018 / 3:52 am

      How long it will take to remove hair

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 20, 2018 / 8:45 am

      The time it takes to remove hair will depend on how coarse the hair is…

  5. Unknown
    December 13, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    Hi ramyaI live in pune and mumbai pls let me know where can I find naager mutha grass ?Thanks can I grow in pune ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 20, 2015 / 4:53 am

      You can grow nagarmotha grass in Pune but I am not sure where you can find it in Pune. Dried nagarmotha roots & powder can be found in herb shops (shops that sell pooja items & herbs)…..

  6. Anonymous
    December 18, 2015 / 8:40 am

    Hi,Can you please let me know how long this powder should be used for upper lip hair removal? Please reply…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 2:57 am

      Natural hair removal methods takes a long time of daily application to see results but the results are permanent. I would suggest applying daily for a period of 5 to 6 months (the time depends on the thickness of the hair)….

  7. Anonymous
    December 21, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Hello Ramya.can v use nagarmotha and turmeric alone to get rid of pimples..?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 2:58 am

      I would suggest the turmeric and holy basil face pack from the blog for pimples as it is very very effective…

  8. Anonymous
    January 22, 2016 / 1:17 am

    Hi Ramya, you are doing a great job and your blog is very informative. Just checking if we can use nagarmotha & kuppaimeni on 3 months old baby girl? Thanks

    January 24, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Hello Ramya, I want to know about starage of "Nagarmotha Roots". How can & how long store roots for oil manufactured?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 27, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      If you sun dry the roots well before storing, you can store it for months together…

  10. Anonymous
    January 27, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Hi Ramya, just want to know if I can use korai kizhangu and kuppaimeni powder on 3 months old baby girl, thank you so much. You are doing a great job, love your blog. Good luck!!!!!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 21, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      I am glad you like the blog and very very sorry for the late reply, replied to your query above 🙂

    • Anonymous
      March 8, 2016 / 1:21 am

      Though it was a late reply it is helpful so thank you very much for your reply Ramya.

  11. Anonymous
    January 28, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    hey i ordered the nagarmotha powder of herbal hills from amazon which costed me 3 packs of 100gms for 200rs…now m not sure if its safe to consume for my stomach issues as i have stomach problems…is nagarmotha that cheap?

  12. Anonymous
    January 31, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Hi Ramya, you are doing a amazing work, keep going.Just want to know if we can use nagarmotha and kuppaimeni powder on 3 months baby girl along with baby bath powder? Waiting for your reply. Thank you so much.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      I would suggest waiting till she is at least a year old and then adding nagarmotha and kuppaimeni powder to baby bath powder..

  13. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    March 1, 2016 / 6:26 am

    I buy the whole roots so I don't know how much the true powder costs but the roots are not very expensive either. If in doubt buy the nagarmotha roots, sun dry, pound and powder it finely in mixer….

  14. Anonymous
    April 2, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I want to know whether the korai kilangu powder helps in reducing blood cholesterol levels

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2016 / 8:05 am

      Nagarmotha | Korai kilangu powder does help in lowering blood cholesterol levels, you can read the study that proves it here: amazon.in

  15. Unknown
    April 10, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Some where I heard that nagarmotha can cure migrane disease .can u claer me is that truth or fake..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 29, 2016 / 11:38 pm

      Nagarotha is used as a medicine for migraine along with other herbs like shatavari, brahmi, etc…

  16. achu krish
    April 17, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Hi ramya….i have tried laser treatment for upper lip hair removal….shall i try this stuff??? Can v see the improvement??how long it takes for best results???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 4:44 am

      This nagarmotha paste does work but it takes a long time( at least a few months) of regular daily use to see results. The time also depends on the thickness of the hair on the face. But I would suggest giving it a try…

  17. Sunil Kumar Sharma
    April 23, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Where I found this herb

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 2:47 pm

      You can easily get nagarmotha in country drug stores else you can order the nagarmotha powder online too…

  18. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 / 5:44 am

    mam…where we can get this …

  19. Anonymous
    June 9, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Dear Ramya, Really informative your article. Can you please specify the tamil name for CATNIP- (NEPATA CATARIA). RegardsVinod

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 10, 2016 / 4:54 am

      I couldn't find out the Tamil name for catnip, it is always addressed with it's botanical name…

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks Ramya. Is it growing in India. Any idea about Hindi or Malayalam or any colloquial name for it in India ??RegardsVinod

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 11, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      I couldn't find any Indian names for it, but I will keep looking if I find out any information I will let you know…

  20. Anonymous
    June 13, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Hi Ramya, your blog is very helpful and I have tried a few recipes for hair fall treatment you have suggested.It works magic. Can you suggest any homeremedy exclusively for eczema. My daughter has it from her childhood days. can you help me, please.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2016 / 5:29 am

      I would suggest using Aloe Vera oil from the blog regularly at least for a few weeks for her. The oil stinks but gives very good relief for eczema and is also very very safe…

  21. saba
    June 19, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Hi ramya, Can I use poolan kizangu with this ingredients.

  22. saba
    June 19, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Hi,I have dandruff and over hair loss is there can u suggest me any remedy

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 7, 2016 / 1:30 am

      Hi Saba, You can use poolan kilangu too. I would suggest the fenugreek hair mask from the blog for dandruff…

  23. saba
    June 20, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Hi ramya,Can I add poolan kizangu with this ingredients?

  24. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    haiii ramya..I hav upper nd lower lip hair.. lower hair s very thin..how long I use this paste..is it work r nt?

  25. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    haiii ramya..I hav upper nd lower lip hair.. lower hair s very thin..how long I use this paste..is it work r nt?

  26. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    haiii ramya..I hav upper nd lower lip hair.. lower hair s very thin..how long I use this paste..is it work r nt?

  27. Sowmya Gopi
    July 11, 2016 / 4:36 am

    Hi ramya,I have patches hair loss what can I use for it? which hair oil and shampoo is best for that?

  28. Sowmya Gopi
    July 11, 2016 / 4:43 am

    Hi ramya,I have patches hair fall,what is the treatment for that? which oil and shampoo cab I use

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 8:31 am

      I would suggest onion juice for treating it, I have a post on using onion juice for hair loss please check it out…

  29. Anonymous
    August 8, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Hi. I recently came across your blog. Very informative for young girls like me.I'm 22 years old. I live in Hyderabad, so it's quite difficult to get Koraikizhangu or Kuppaimeni. I ordered all these online in powder form.I wanted to know if I can add red sandalwood powder to this mixture.Also, can I apply it as a mask daily and leave it over night?Thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      I have not used red sandal wood powder along with this mixture, but you can add it. I would suggest applying the mask, let it dry and gently scrub it off when dry without any water. The scrubbing weakens the hair and with daily use facial hair growth will gradually thin down….

    • Sri Sai
      June 17, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Is it worked for you

  30. achu krish
    September 5, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    How long this paste will get dry?15 or 20 mins?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      This paste will dry in 10 to 15 minutes…

  31. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Hi , my friend suggest me hairpack for daily hairwash of nagarmotha, shikekai , amla, hirda, behda, neem. is it ok mixture of all this powders ?

  32. Sam
    October 11, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Hi Ramya,Can this nagarmotha use for prevention from dandruff and hairfall.

  33. Syma6212
    October 21, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Can the ash be used for internal use

  34. Prasanna
    November 1, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Hi Ramya, I heard that korai kilangu powder when mixed with water and taken twice a day, controls cholesterol. Please provide more info on that, dosage of powder, heating method etc

  35. Gagi Gagi
    January 9, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Hi Ramya, can you please tell me what natural treatment can i use to cure polycistic ovarium syndrome? Thank you very much.

  36. Zombie
    January 9, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Hi Ramya, your site is very informative.Could you please the above treatment is useful for pricky hard hair and ingrown hair.Also nagarmotha is useful for hair fall.How is it useful for hair removal

  37. Poonam Bhagtani
    January 18, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Hi ramya mam your article is really informative..can you plz tell me how to use nagarmotha powder for migraine and diabetes cure??

  38. Sumit Yadav
    May 11, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Can nagar motha powder is good for Arthritis disease….???

  39. Sri Sai
    June 17, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Hi mam is this really works on unwanted hair and how long it will take. Do I need to follow it after getting rid of hair completely. Any rashes will come after this usage

  40. Sri Sai
    June 17, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Hi mam is this really works on unwanted hair and how long it will take. Do I need to follow it after getting rid of hair completely. Any rashes will come after this usage

  41. Swati
    November 2, 2017 / 5:59 am

    Do you have any idea how to consume nagarmotha in photodermatitis ( skin rash after sun exposure) or any other treatments for the same. I have severe photo dermatitis

  42. Dilip Gupte
    November 17, 2017 / 3:48 am

    Is nagarmotha used as shampoo?

  43. Dilip Gupte
    November 17, 2017 / 3:49 am

    Thanks. I shall wait.

  44. Swati
    November 18, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Hi I have severe sun allergy .. get rashes even with minutes of exposure to sun. I get rashes which itch a lot for days and then turn blackish later. Do you have any treatment for the same? I read nagarmotha helps in such conditions. If yes how should it be used? Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 20, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Nagarmotha is great for treating sun burns. Mix nagarmotha powder with homemade yogurt and apply. I would also suggest applying fresh Aloe Vera gel. You can also make a big batch of Aloe Vera oil (you can find the recipe in the blog) and apply. All these remedies will greatly help with sun allergy…

  45. Teodor Knapik
    November 29, 2017 / 6:58 am

    Hi,I am looking for Nagarmotha essential oil. Do you know any place in Chennai one can get it ? I would be grateful for any information.

  46. Vidya Venkat
    March 27, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Can henna dried leaves be used for making herbal.bodh wash powder

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 27, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      We normally never use henna leaves in bath powders

  47. Anonymous
    April 3, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Hi .. I bought nagarmoth roots but they had lots of dust in them can I wash them dry them and then powder them

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 3, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      You can wash, sun dry and then powder nagarmotha. But make sure to sun dry them till really crisp else the nagarmotha powder will spoil easily….

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