Nirgundi | Nochi Leaves Medicinal Uses & Benefits: Home Remedy for Sinus Infection (Nochi Steam)

If you ask any person in my village for a home remedy for sinus infection and headache, they will immediately answer “Nochi Steam”. Nochi plant is called “Nirgundi” in Hindi and it’s botanical name is Vitex Negundo. The leaves of this plant are very famous for it’s use in treating sinus infection and In my family, everyone uses this home remedy for sinus with good results. Even, one of my cousins who suffers from migraine finds good relief only, from using this nochi steam. This tree can be identified with it’s beautiful purple flowers which I was lucky enough to picture in my farm, as picturing the plants with the flowers makes identifying easier. Traditionally for making this steam, we heat 3 smooth stones called vengachangkal in the open fire till they are really hot. These stones retain the heat very well. We boil water in a huge vessel along with the nochi leaves, when it comes to full boil, it is switched off. The person is made to bend over the vessel and is usually covered over with a blanket to prevent the heat from going out and is made to inhale the steam. When the water loses it’s heat, one of the hot stone is dropped inside using a tong and the water comes to the boiling temperature again. Like this way, the person is made to steam and as far as I know, this is the best home remedy for sinus. You get immediate relief and the pain in the cheeks due to sinus and the headache also reduces immediately. Since many of you won’t be able to go through this elaborate process, I did it with a steamer. The steamer makes things easier, but the only thing I don’t like about my steamer, is it is made with plastic, but it does a good job. To steam, boil the water along with the nochi leaves in the steamer, once it comes to full boil, switch off and then steam. Please be very very careful when doing a steam with electric steamers, especially for children. A person should do this steam once everyday for three days continuously, for best results.  

1. Collect fresh nochi leaves, the leaves have to be fresh.

2. Add water to the steamer.

3. Add the nochi leaves and make sure to insert it well.

4. Put the lid on and switch on the steamer. When it reaches a full boiling point, switch off and steam. When the water looses it’s heat, switch on again and then repeat the process.


  • This can be used for young children too.
  • Make sure to use only fresh nochi leaves.
  • Be very careful when using the steam on the children, as they might accidentally touch the hot water.



  1. Aparna Roy
    September 23, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Can You please give some more details about this tree. I have never seen it. Is it a bush, shrub or tree. When does it flower. Does it bear fruit. Also can u please give some easy points to identify kuppamani. That is the flowers and fruits. I also could not figure out arappu. Do you think it grows in west bengal. I planted bhringaraj and am desperately waiting for you to enlighten your readers of the myriad benefits. Thank you for all your effort. Please do keep it up.

    • Anonymous
      December 15, 2016 / 4:48 am

      The oil of this leaves is available in Tamilnadu and it eradicate, continues sneezing, etc. The day the oil is applied, better to avoid water content vegetables.

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 24, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Aparna, It is a tree. You can best identify it with the purple flowers and the leaves, there is nothing other than the flowers to identify the tree easily. Kuppaimeni grows everywhere and here in Tamil Nadu, you will find it even in towns & cities. You can only identify it with the help of the leaves, next time I will post more pictures of them for you to easily identify. As for arappu tree it is not common and only can be found in villages, so the best bet is to find good quality arappu powder. Aparna, please give me some time to collect the bhringraj and make the oil, as I don't have any bhringraj plant in the farm right now….

    • Aparna Roy
      September 25, 2014 / 6:20 am

      Ramya thank you for your quick reply. And please take your time with bhringaraj. I already paid a small fortune and bought a small bottle though I have not used it. Earlier it used to grow in every nook and cranny in our country but now it is very rare and can be found in moist ledges and open drains. But it is a miracle herb and well worth the effort. We cannot get arappu powder here but when I go down south I will collect it. By the way can you also do a post on kalmegh as it is one herb that is plentiful in my city. Thank you dear and good luck and warm wishes for you and your family.

    • Anonymous
      February 4, 2015 / 6:15 am

      "Earlier it (bhringaraj) used to grow in every nook and cranny in our country but now it is very rare and can be found in moist ledges and open drains."Aparna, or anyone else, what is the reason for this?

  3. Anonymous
    January 10, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Hello mam, during fever time how to use nochi leaves….Sree

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 11, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      For fever nochi water is given. After cleaning nochi leaves, it is boiled in water till it is reduced to about 1/8th of it's volume and this decoction is used for treating fever. Especially nochi is known for treating malaria…..

    • Anonymous
      January 12, 2015 / 5:10 am

      Many thanks for this very useful and great information. SREE

  4. Malathi ganesh
    March 4, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Hi Ramya, Once I had this nochi steam with above mentioned using vengachangal. The heat retained by the stone was really great and my aunty added few bunch of neem leaves along with it for steaming 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    March 29, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Can I know the moisture fat protein composition of nochi leaves

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 2, 2015 / 5:29 am

      The moisture content of leaf extract of nochi leaves is 16.5. Fat and protein content are 7 & 8.5 % respectively….

  6. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 / 3:16 am

    🙂 I find it helpful !! Adding to that I've read it somewhere that its a remedy to keep away from mosquitoes too .. And even my name is Nochi :v Ahh proud moment for me !

    July 1, 2015 / 6:01 am

    I have a Nochi Plant in my Roof Garden. How can I use the leaves for Musquito repulsion. It is still as a plant in the pot and has not grown over more than one year.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 3, 2015 / 5:01 pm

      You can dry the nochi leaves into a powder and sprinkle on hot coals to ward of mosquitoes…

  8. Unknown
    November 10, 2015 / 3:02 am

    How to use notchi thailam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 16, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      You can apply one or two drops of nochi thailam on your forehead to treat sinus headaches, you can also use nochi thailam for steaming…

  9. Santhanam Ramasubramanyam
    November 26, 2015 / 5:42 am

    Very interesting and informative discussion. I brought to my roof top garden in New Delhi, a Vitex Negundo sapling from Chennai, where Chennai Corporation distributes it free to residential colonies to cultivate in home gardens, so as to ward off mosquitoes!The flowers are whitish with blue patches,unlike the deep blue/purple colour shown.Since March 2015, it has grown and so I have repotted to a biiger pot.It has also seeded and has black stony seeds. How and when to propagate these seeds? New Delhi has seasonal weather Spring (end Feb, March to early April) or Monsoon (end June) is the right time to sow the seeds? How can the thailam be home made, from leaves boiling and decantation like Eucalyptus oil?Can Kashayam be taken orally, I mean the leaves, boiled in water and if so toxicity/side effects? Giloy/Tinosporia Cordifolia/Seendhil has similar health benefits for common cold, viral infections and many other ailments

    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2017 / 6:18 am

      It is not necessary to sow seeds to grow a notch plants ,just take cuttings from your mother plant and plant it in a pot and regularly water it .let the cuttings be about a feet

  10. pari
    February 12, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    mam can u tel me about vanni tree i need to grow that

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 5:58 am

      Vanni tree's botanical name is Prosopis Cineraria and it is has got wonderful medicinal uses. It is a boon for pregnant women and also helps treat rheumatism, dysentery, etc..

  11. Sivashankari vijay
    June 20, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Mam can u please tell me about vanni tree for rheumatism. Because my sister has got rheumatism.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 7, 2016 / 4:53 am

      I am very sorry for the late reply. Vaani tree's has anti inflammatory and analgesic properties and the bark decoction is used for treating rheumatism…

  12. Anonymous
    July 1, 2016 / 8:36 am

    What is the exact name of nochi in tamil?

    • pari
      July 14, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      Notchi Tamil name of this plant. It's of 2 kinds neer notchi,Kari notchi

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 4:51 am

      Nochi is the Tamil Name for Vitex Negundo…

  13. Anonymous
    November 26, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Hello mam… i have hyper prolactin and poly cystic ovaries. Is nochi leaves helps to cure this problem? If it helps to cure i want to know how to use nochi leaves..

  14. Unknown
    January 9, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Hi,Could you please tell me where can I get this tree?How to grow this, thru seeds or roots?

  15. Unknown
    January 9, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Hi,Could you please tell me where can I get this tree?How to grow this, thru seeds or roots?

  16. Afifa Kauser
    March 30, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Hi RamyaAfifa Kauser here Nochi tree can even keep away mosquitoes 😊 A small info thru me

  17. Anonymous
    May 7, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    my mothet is COPD paitent with 35 % Lung fuction , some one suggested for taking steam of Nirgundi leaves also decotion of leaves once a day. can shee have this

  18. Suresh A
    May 11, 2017 / 10:32 am

    @Ramya VenkateshwaranThank you mam for posting about Nochi leaves. Its help me to recover from sinus.

  19. Gowthaman Subramanian
    May 31, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Is nochithailam is available in Chennai and where old reply

  20. Gowthaman Subramanian
    May 31, 2017 / 5:54 am

    Hai mam I am suffering for cold last two weeks pls tell is nochi thailam is available in Chennai and where is it pls reply

  21. Sivakumar
    June 7, 2017 / 9:25 am

    வணக்கம்,blog மிகவும் நன்று. பயனுள்ள தகவல்களை தெரிவித்தது.பல மூலிகைகள் பரிச்சயமாக இருந்தும், பெயர் மற்றும் போட்டோ தெரியாத காரணமாக பயன்படுத்த முடியாத நிலை இருந்தது. உங்கள் blog அந்த குறையை தீர்க்கிறது.sinus தீர்வுக்கு உங்கள் குறிப்புக்கு மிகவும் நன்றி.

  22. Unknown
    June 13, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    i am from chennai. where can i get good nochi thailam? or nochi plant for fresh leaves. i have been having sinus headaches and congestions more often of late. Thanks for your help.

  23. akshaya shukla
    July 20, 2017 / 6:38 am

    I have a slip disk problem…as wel as symtoms of siatica..hw wil nirgundi leaves help in my case…plz help

  24. Unknown
    November 22, 2017 / 3:33 am

    Can any one give me idea about "Nochi leaves as a absorbent of poisanus gases"

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