It is an annual herb with horizontal root-stock and tubesous root fibres, leaves are 30 cms or at times more than that in length. Flowers ascending and densed and of yellow in color. Inflorescene is spiked. Capsule is globose. The rhizomes are aromatic with bitter camphorous taste.
It has been described as useful specially as an antiasthmatic agent. It counteracts bad mouth taste and smell.Due to its woody,spicy & peculiar odour like roots, it is used in perfume formulations. It is used in hair oil especially to prevent baldness and hairfall and makes them more manageable. It is reported for its anti-microbial properties and used traditionally as one of the ingredient in herbal vanising creams to protect the skin from sun’s UV rays. An essential oil obtained from the flowers is valued in high grade perfumes. An essential oil obtained from the flowers is valued.
The plant is a native of the Himalayas and the rhizome is known in Hindoostan as kapur-kachri and is kept dried in slices which are Â½ to 3/8 inch in diameter and from Â¼ to 3/8 inch in thickness.