Cosmetics, Costumes and Ornaments in Ancient India

by Remadevi. O. | 2009 | 54,177 words

This page relates ‘Use of Ushira’ of the study on cosmetics, costumes and ornaments of ancient India based on Sanskrit sources. Chapter one deals with cosmetics and methods of enhancing beauty; Chapter two deals with costumes, garments and dresses; Chapter three deals with ornaments for humans and animals. Each chapter deals with their respective materials, types, preparation and trade, as prevalent in ancient Indian society.

1.13. Use of Uśīra

Uśīra (Vetiveria zizanioides) is a sort of grass, which was used in the preparation of certain unguents. In Abhijñānaśākuntala and Ṛtusaṃhāra, Kālidāsa[1] often refers to unguents made of Uśīra. According to Dhanvantarī-nighaṇṭu[2], Uśīra is cold in potency and bitter in taste. It pacifies Pitta, Vāta and also thirst. It is beneficial in fever, diabetics and Raktapitta.

Properties of Uśīra is recorded in Rājavallabha-nighaṇṭu thus—


Footnotes and references:


Abhijñānaśākuntala; Ṛtusaṃhāra, II.21



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