What is Coleus Aromaticus?
We are more familiar with Mexican Oregano (Organum Vulgare) and are less familiar with its cousin, Coleus Aromaticus (the Indian Dodde Patre, Pashanabhedi or Panikoorka). And, ironically, we have heard of Oregano mostly due to its use as a Pizza flavouring while the medicinal uses of the herb are hardly known to us.
Coleus Aromaticus, a Medicinal Herb
Coleus Aromaticus an aromatic and medicinal herb from the genus Origanum that consists of around 44 species of its own. A succulent plant, it is also endearingly called as a Five Seasons Herb or an All Purpose Herb.The species has noteworthy anti bacterial and anti microbial properties, is a great anti inflammatory, anti oxidant and pulmo protective. In the South Indian language Malayalam, its name Panikoorka refers to a “remedy for fever”. Researchers have isolated forskolin, a diterpenoid, from Coleus Aromaticus which is claimed to control the cause of glaucoma, increase skin’s natural resistance to burning under UV light and serves to widen or dilate blood vessels proving beneficial to hypertension.
Children are the worst affected during climatic changes. Quite often they suffer from runny nose, sore throat and cough. Some of them even get bouts of asthma. And strong medications increase their afflictions zapping their energy and rendering them weak and clingy. It is the time we should step in to our gardens or terraces and get a few leaves of Coleus to alleviate their symptoms.
Medicinal Uses of Coleus Aromaticus
- The juice of the leaves can be safely given to children for cold and related ailments. The dose is 1-2 teaspoon three times a day.
- The leaf can be crushed and boiled in water and the steam can be inhaled for nasal congestion.
- The antimicrobial activity of this herb helps to treat reproductive tract infections (RTI) like bacterial vaginosis among women. The presence of Carvacrol in it inhibits the growth of several bacteria strains.
- For bronchial asthma and cough,the decoction of leaves is advised both adults and children alike. Children may take 1-2 teaspoons while it is 4-6 for adults.
- Those suffering from arthritis and disorder of stomach like flatulence may benefit from the juice of fresh leaves.
- It is used in respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis etc. in both children and adults.
- Coleus Aromaticus acts as a carminative for children.
- Coleus Aromaticus can also tackle with certain skin disorders, dandruff and allergies.