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Celastrus paniculatus seeds - Jyotishmati

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Seeds of Celastrus paniculatus Jyotishmati, "Intellect Tree"


"Celastrus paniculatus is plant with medicinal properties which first found its use in Ayurvedic medicine system of India, one of the world's oldest. The plant is a long-stemmed, woody vine, or a liana, sprouting out of the ground and using trees or other such objects to access sunlight. There have been dozens of healing effects attributed to the plant, particularly to the seeds and the oil produced from them. Most common and most studied of these effects is that on the learning and memory, although some physically beneficial effects were also reported. While tests are still carried out to ascertain the effectiveness of this plant, there do appear to be reasons as to why it is being used from the ancient times to this day still.

Indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, Celastrus paniculatus has now also found home in much of eastern, south eastern, and southern Asia and many of the islands in the Pacific ocean. Some of said countries include China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, and Australia. The plant is known to grow on high altitudes, on elevations of usually up to 5,900 feet, or 1,800 meters, such as the Himalayan mountains. Being quite hardy, however, it is also known to grow even higher in some locations.

The Celastrus paniculatus plant can grow to be fairly sizeable. The base stem of the vine can grow to be up to almost 10 inches, or 25 centimeters in diameter, and 20 feet, or 6 meters, in length. Said stem will produce dozens of smaller branches that will spread out all over the immediate area, wrapping themselves around whatever they may find. The plant is covered with a pale brown bark itself covered densely in lenticels. It is also covered in many oval leaves, ranging in light to dark green colors. Each top of the main stalk is adorned with small white flowers which can have a slight green or yellow-green tint. The prize of the plant, its seeds, are oval-shaped and grow in round pods, six per pod. The pods start out with a yellowish color, but grow deep red, the further they mature.

Celastrus paniculatus is known by quite a few names, most recognizable of which is the intellect tree, due to the aforementioned effects of its seeds on cognition. The other names it is known under include black oil plant, climbing staff tree, Jyotishmati, and Malkangani. The former two names are self-explanatory, while the latter two refer the plant's names in Sanskrit and Hindi respectively.


Medicinal properties of Celastrus paniculatus

The name ""the intellect tree"" is not something that should be thrown around loosely, and in the case of Celastrus paniculatus it is well deserved. For quite possibly 5000 years, give or take a few centuries, the plant must have been rather effectively used by the Ayurvedic healers, otherwise its use would have greatly diminished, if not discarded completely. The seeds of Celastrus paniculatus are the real deal, at least to an extent, according to studies.

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, the oil of the seeds of Celastrus paniculatus was used to help with physical weakness, celastrus paniculatus seeds are known as malkangani black oilparalysis, cognitive and memory issues, reduce headaches, and even alleviate joint pains, such as in the case of arthritis. The seeds contain up to 50% of oil. The oil is used beside others for massages. It shall have a sedative effect and heal inflammations of the skin. The seed oil was also used in the making of a tonic which could mitigate memory loss and boost memory retention, as well as ease mental fatigue, which is the biggest claim to fame of this plant. Healers could also reportedly create a balm which increased sexual stimulation, one of the lesser known effects one could get out of Celastrus paniculatus.

In recent research it has been proven that Celastrius paniculatus seeds and oil produced from them, are at the very least somewhat effective, especially when it comes to the helpful cognitive effects. In tests on rats and other small mammals, the richness of antioxidants in the seed oil was found to be effective against immobilization stress, lowering blood pressure, and increasing problem solving skills as well as alertness. It was also proven that the oil was more effective with increased dosage while having very low toxicity. Today, there are several herbal supplements that utilize the oil of Celastrus paniculatus with other useful herbs, as well as ongoing research into its effectiveness in treatment of certain cancers, which show some promise.

From humble origins in the highlands of India, Celastrus paniculatus has spread to almost the entirety of the world. With a proven track record in increasing cognitive functions, this plant has shown that traditional medicine, no matter how old, may still have much it can teach us.


These seeds are available in those here offered retail package sizes, but will also be available in bulk wholesale amounts. Simply drop a line for further details.


Cultivation of Celastrus paniculatus seeds

Before sowing the seeds of the intellect tree the arrilus has to be removed. After that the seeds can be put into the substrate. For germination success the seeds in the substrate have to be put into the fridge for one or two months at 5°C. At room temperature germination will occur after some time in the constantly moist substrate. Celastrus paniculatus is winter hardy.



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