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.
All its parts – flowers, leaves, stem, roots – have their own specific uses. It is an effective first aid in many cases.
- Blood Purification: Drinking water boiled with thazhuthama leaves can purify the blood.
- 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 Keralites 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 is said to have the capability of curing cataract and myopia. But do it after proper advice to achieve good results.