Him Surabh (CSIR-IHBT)
Dracocephalum heterophyllum (Thimsingli) is a native of the western Himalaya belonging to Lamiaceae family. The plant grows wild at 3000-5200 m elevation in northern part including J&K, HP, UK and Sikkim. The essential oil content ranges between 0.17- 0.45%. The presence of cis and trans rose oxides in the sweet, rosaceous essential oil renders its valuable use in perfumery and cosmetic products. The essential oil has anti-asthmatic, anti-coughing and disinfectant actions. The plant was introduced and domesticated by CSIR-IHBT and subsequently an improved variety “Him Surabh” was developed. It is a potential crop to meet increasing demand of phytochemical industries.
Cost of cultivation : Rs. 50,000/ha
Gross return : Rs. 2,00,000/ha
Net profit : Rs. 1,50,000/ha