|The valley of Kashmir is very rich in high value and high altitude aromatic and medicinal plants. More than 50 % of plant species described in British pharmacopoeia are reported to grow in Kashmir Valley. Near 570 plant species are reported to be of medicinal importance. Kashmir valley has a great potential for establishing pharmaceutical and essential oil industry based on these high value plant species. Prominent among the aroma bearing plants are Lavender, Rose, Clarysage, Peppermint, Rosemary, Artemisia annua, Tagetes minuta and Geranium oils. The essential oils derived from these plants form the backbone of perfumery, cosmetic industry. These oils rank among the top ten essential oils used in aromatherapy throughout the world.
Single Plant of Lavender Rose (Rosa damascena).
Rosemary (Rosemarinus Officinalis Linn) is an evergreen woody herb with a characteristic herbaceous, woody and balsamic aroma. The plant has several medicinal properties like carminative, stomachic, spasmodic and well known antioxidant properties. Leaves have a special use in culinary purpose. Rosemary oil has an inspiring and regenerating effect on hair and stimulates the brain. Excellent antiseptic and antimicrobial action. Quite useful in rheumatism and brain.
Artemisia Annua Oil
Quality profile: – Product analyzed by gas Chromatography and GC-Mass as per international standards. Main constituents are Artemisia ketone (46.07 to 52.9%), 1-8 cineole (8.4 to 10.98), α-pinene (5.2 to 7.5%), camphene (1 to 2%), camphor (6.0 to 8%), Pinocarvone (1 to3%), Artemisia alcohol (3 to 4%), cis-p-menth-2 enol ( 1 to 2%), α-Copaene (0.5 to 1.2%), Carophyllene (0.8 to 2%), β-selinene (0.2 to 1.0%),carophyllene oxide (0.4 to 4.3%).
Geranium oil has a delightful fragrance resembling that of rose. Indispensable in perfumery, cosmetics and aromatherapy. A balancing oil for the mind and body. effective for menopausal problems, nerve tonic and relaxing. One of the best skin care oils, useful for congested oily and dry skin. It has antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Marigold (Tagetus minuta)
Pyrethrum (chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium)
Reference Dr. Sami Shawl