We had just reached HomKund after a days trek from Dodhang Base Camp. Summit of Nandagunti Peak 6527 m was glittering in the yonder and peak was mirrored in the glacial pond. A sweet aroma was lingering around. Suddenly Cahin Singh our guide through trek dashed to ridge nearby and held a green plant uttered this Gogul…sir jee…. with pollen grains and incessantly began to describe about the medicinal properties of plant .
Described it and said that it is prized throughout the Himalayas this natural Gogul is a resin and is an important aid to meditation rituals and puja. It is often burnt in monasteries during empowerments and is believed to dispel negativity.
Gogul is a sticky gum resin from the Mukul myrrh tree, it plays a major role in the traditional herbal medicine of India. It was traditionally combined with other herbs for the treatment of arthritis, skin diseases, pains in the nervous system, obesity, digestive problems, infections in the mouth, and menstrual problems. In the early 1960s, Indian researchers discovered an ancient Sanskrit medical text that appears to clearly describe the symptoms and treatment of high cholesterol.Highly recommended! Simply burn on a charcoal disc or combine it with loose sand. Every year, large volumes of medicinal plants are collected unscientifically causing depletion of resources and degradation of habitats.
Text and Pic by : Vishwanath R Dugganahalli