Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Crocus sativus

Botanical name : Crocus sativus Linn.
Family : Iridaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kunkuma

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Saffron
Hindi : Kesar
Malayalam : Kunkumapoov, Kunkumam

Distribution – Cultivated in Kashmir, and other Himalayan peninsula in India

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial herb grows up to 10-25 cm in height. Leaves narrow linear; flowers reddish blue, with fragrance, stigmas orange colored fruits capsules. The dried stigmas are used commercially as saffron.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated tridosha, cough, fever, hepatomegaly, skin diseases, and hyper-melanosis of skin.
Useful part : Dried stigmas

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