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17 posts categorized as Traditional Herbs

Adalodakam or Vasaka Plant 08 March, 2019

Adalodakam, also known as Vasaka plant or Malabar Nut Tree is a tall shrub from the family Acanthaceae. Being a plant native to India, it has been largely used in traditional medicinal systems like Ayurveda. There are in fact two species of plants referred to as Vasaka. One is Adhatoda vasica while the other is… Continue reading Adalodakam or Vasaka Plant

Thottavadi – Touch Me Not Plant 01 March, 2019

Touch Me Not plant got this name from its super sensitivity to touch. When the plant detects touch from any foreign object, the leaves fold and bow as if it is shy. Its Malayalam name is Thottavadi, which also denotes this peculiarity. Shameplant is another common name in English. Thottavadi belongs to the family Mimosaceae… Continue reading Thottavadi – Touch Me Not Plant

Little Ironweed – Poovamkurunnila 30 January, 2019

Poovamkurunnila is a small herb with purple flowers from the family Asteraceae. It is said to have several applications in traditional as well as modern medicinal systems. Note: it is not confirmed whether the below photos are of Poovamkurunnila or not, however, it looks similar. Table of Contents Quick OverviewAppearanceBenefitsDistribution Quick Overview Plant Type: Annual… Continue reading Little Ironweed – Poovamkurunnila

Kurunthotti or Bala Herb 08 January, 2019

Kurunthotti or Sida is an annual herb or shrub with yellow flowers and leaves with distinct shapes. Know by the name Bala in Sanskrit, it is quite useful in Ayurveda and traditional medicines. Although there are different species treated as Kurunthotti, Sida rhombifoila is more popular in places like Kerala where it has been a… Continue reading Kurunthotti or Bala Herb

Karuka Pullu – Benefits, Uses & Details 08 December, 2018

Locally common by the name Karuka Pullu or Durva Grass, Cynodon dactylon is a type of grass from the family Poaceae. It has a wide range of distribution in India from the valleys of Kashmir to Kerala in the south. Based on the color of the stem, there are two varieties of Karuka. One is… Continue reading Karuka Pullu – Benefits, Uses & Details

Indian Pennywort – Muthill (Kudangal) 18 November, 2018

As a herb from the family Apiaceae, Indian Pennywort is a herb that grows close to the ground. While it is called Mandukaparni in Sanskrit, it is Kudangal, Kodakan, or Muthill in Malayalam. It is an important medicinal plant in Ayurveda as it may help to improve brain function and slows down aging. Table of Contents… Continue reading Indian Pennywort – Muthill (Kudangal)

Chittamruthu or Amruthavalli Plant 15 November, 2018

Chittamruthu or Amruthavalli is a climber plant with heart-shaped leaves widely used in Ayurveda to treat various ailments. The word Amruth means being eternal. This plant has an amazing ability to live long and also helps other plants to live longer, making its name apt. It also has a divine and revered status in traditions.… Continue reading Chittamruthu or Amruthavalli Plant

Shatavari or Sahasraveerya – An Invaluable Plant 12 November, 2018

Shatavari is an invaluable medicinal plant found all over India. There are two different species of this plant – Asparagus racemosus and Asparagus gonoclados. Both these varieties occur in Kerala. However, the former seems to be more popular. Table of Contents AppearanceDistribution & CultivationCultivationMedicinal ValuesName in Various Languages Appearance The cladodes of A. racemosus are… Continue reading Shatavari or Sahasraveerya – An Invaluable Plant

Panikoorka (Navara) – A Home Remedy for Common Cold 11 November, 2018

Widely found in Kerala by the name Panikoorka or Navara, this medicinal herb belongs to the family Lamiaceae. As an effective home remedy for the common cold in children, it is commonly grown in households in Kerala. Table of Contents AppearanceMedicinal UsesAs a flavor in foodsAs an Ornamental PlantName in different languages Appearance Panikoorka or… Continue reading Panikoorka (Navara) – A Home Remedy for Common Cold

Naruneendi or Indian Sarsaparilla – A herb for making tasty beverages 10 November, 2018

Naruneendi or Indian Sarsaparilla is a medicinal plant used for blood purification. It occurs mainly in south India, Sri Lanka, and Bengal. In Kerala & Tamil Nadu, this herb has another name also – Nannari. This perennial vine plant is native to India. It has a lean appearance overall with elongated leaves and slender string-like… Continue reading Naruneendi or Indian Sarsaparilla – A herb for making tasty beverages

Keezharnelli – Stonebreaker Plant 09 November, 2018

Keezharnelli or Keezhanelli is a small shrub widely found in the plains of Kerala, including roadsides and households. It is a medicinal herb that can grow up to about 30 cm in height. Its flowers and fruits appear interesting. They hang below the leaves precisely in a line. So they are hidden at first glance.… Continue reading Keezharnelli – Stonebreaker Plant

Thumba Flower – Leucas aspera 08 November, 2018

Thumba (scientific name – Leucas aspera) is a medicinal herb found in Kerala. It has white bilabiate flowers (Thumbapoo). Family – Lamiaceae.

Diamond Flower – Parpataka Pullu 07 November, 2018

Diamond Flower is a little herb with white blooms from the family Rubiaceae. It is widely found in Kerala by the name Parpataka Pullu. Its botanical name is Oldenlandia corymbosa. Since it often grows along with other grasses and due to its small size, you might easily overlook it. However, this medicinal plant is used… Continue reading Diamond Flower – Parpataka Pullu

Mukkutti – Little Tree Plant 06 November, 2018

Mukkutti is a small medicinal plant with yellow flowers found commonly in the rural and hilly areas of Kerala. There are two varieties of this plant. However, Biophytum sensitivum found in rural regions is generally considered as Mukkutti. The other one is Biophytum candolleanum which grows taller and is usually found in the forests. The… Continue reading Mukkutti – Little Tree Plant

Cheroola – Mountain Knot Grass – Important Details & Uses 23 October, 2018

Cheroola is a small herb that grows natively in India and belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. Its common name in English is Mountain Knot Grass, while in Hindi, its name is Gorakshaganja. As a common plant all over Kerala, it spreads even in lawns and backyards. So it is often considered a weed. However, this… Continue reading Cheroola – Mountain Knot Grass – Important Details & Uses

Sankhupushpam – Butterfly Pea Flower 29 June, 2012

Sankhupushpam is a beautiful vine plant with blue or white flowers. It is called Butterfly Pea in English. The flowers are similar to that of other pea plants. Sankhu in Malayalam means a conch. If you watch closely, the flower has a remote resemblance to a conch. So that may be the reason behind its… Continue reading Sankhupushpam – Butterfly Pea Flower

Kasthurimanjal or Wild Turmeric 25 April, 2012

Kasthurimanjal is one of the two main types of turmeric found in India. Also known by the names Wild Turmeric or Musk Turmeric, it is popular for its aroma and therapeutic purposes. Its scientific name is Curcuma aromatica and it belong to the ginger family – Zingiberaceae. When people generally speak of turmeric, it usually… Continue reading Kasthurimanjal or Wild Turmeric

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