Thazhuthama has small flowers, too small that it is only one or two millimeters in diameter. They are pink in color and have five petals each.
While saying about Thazhuthama, the most important thing is its ayurvedic importance. It is a priceless herbal medicine, and can be grown easily without much care, at least in the tropics, like Kerala.
It is a creeper, and spreads on the ground. Leave are nearly rounded in shape and can vary in size from one to the other.
- All its parts – flowers, leaves, stem, roots - have their own specific uses. It is an effective first aid in many cases.
- Consuming its leaves (after cooking) is good for eyesight. Here we make a dish with its chopped leaves mixed with coconut, we call it ‘thoran’. I hope 'mallus' know it very well :) so I am not saying it to those who already know this.
- Crushed roots mixed with medicated oil can cure dizziness if applied on the head.
- Consuming the juice obtained from it has the capability of curing cataract and myopia. But do it with proper knowledge or advice to achieve good results.
Moreover it is rich in iron, so good for iron deficiency problems, can reduce cholesterol and so on. These are only a few important facts which I know about this amazing plant. We grow it in our house hold. Its scientific name is Boerhavia diffusa and is known as ‘Punarnava’ in Sanskrit. 'Thazhuthama' is the Malayalam name.
So I hope you liked this one. Also try to grow it in your area also, and promote it. It can be grown easily by stem cutting.
See you till next post :)