Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ocimum americanum

Botanical name : Ocimum americanum Linn.
Family : Lamiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vana tulasi, Aranya tulasi, Vanabarbarika.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Hoary basil
Hindi : Vantulsi
Malayalam : Kattutalasi, Kattutrittav

PLANT DESCRIPTION
Plant commonly found in fields and waste lands, throughout India. A pubescent erect, and much branched herb, grows up to 1 meter. Leaves elliptic – lanceolate, entire or faintly toothed, glabrous and gland dotted. Flowers white or whitish pink found in elongate recemes. Fruits are small, nutlets are pitted, mucilaginous when wet.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, helminthiasis, anorexia, dyspepsia, pruritis, leprosy, vomiting, poison, migraine, and fever. Seeds are good remedy for hyperdipsia, fever, migraine, and emaciation.
Useful part : Leaves, Seeds.

No comments:

Post a Comment