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Wild Basil

Scientific name of Wild Basil: Ocimum Gratissimum 

Name of Wild Basil in different languages:-

English: Clove Basil, African Basil, Shrubby basil

Sanskrit: Rajika, Sumukam, Anichil

Malayalam: Kattuthulasi-കാട്ടുതുളസി, Sumukam സുമുഖം

Plant description:

Wild Basil- Ocimum gratissimum is an aromatic, perennial herb, erect, commonly grows as a weed, to 1.5 to 2 m. tall, it is resembles with holy basil, except in colour, commonly found in wastelands, roadsides etc, much branched, glabrous, leaves are arranged opposite; petiole 2 to 4.5 cm in long and slender, flowers are small, found at end of branches, in a cluster of 5 to 30 cm long.

Useful plant parts:

Leaf, root

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-CuneateMargin-SerratedVenation-Cross venulated
 Cuneate-wedge-shaped Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething Venation-Cross-venulate


Medicinal uses:
 

To treat Gonorrhea, diarrhea, vatha, kapha disorders, Inducer, painkiller, mouth ulcer, malaria.

The chemical content: 

Eugenol, anti-bacterial activity.

How to prepare medicines:

Dried leaf can be used in the treat of wounds (cover the wound with dried leaf powder with cotton cloth), pressed freah leaves  can be used as mosquito-repellent.

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