Thyme Leaved Gratiola
Botanical Name (Bacopa Monnieri Linn)
Medicinal use of Thyme-Leaved Gratiola
Thyme-leaved Gratiola or Water Hyssop is a plant belonging to the family, Scrophulariaceae. It is a succulent with plenty of reserve food, glabrous, or smooth and hairless, creeping herb with diffuse branching. The leaves are ovate, entire, fleshy, sessile or stalkless and the lower surface appears dotted. The flowers are stalked, solitary, blue or white in colour. the fruit is ovoid, two-grooved capsule with numerous seeds. It grows in wet or marshy places.
Medicinal Use of Thyme-Leaved Gratiola
- Strengthens the nervous system, helps in reducing fever, has a tonic effect on the heart, helps in the flow of urine and acts as a laxative.
- Insanity, epilepsy, hoarseness, asthma and fever.
- Acute bronchitis, cough and chest problems.
- Inflammation of the mucous membrane, bronchitis and diarrhea.
- Swellings and rheumatism.
How to Use
- The decoction of the leaves of Water Hyssop strengthens the nervous system, helps in reducing fever, has a tonic effect on the heart, helps in the flow of urine and acts as a laxative.
- The decoction is also given in cases of insanity, epilepsy, hoarseness, asthma, and fever.
- The hot poultice of the plant is used for acute bronchitis, cough and chest problems.
- The juice of fresh leaves is recommended for catarrh or inflammation of the mucous membrane, bronchitis, and diarrhea, in doses of a teaspoonful at a time.
- Externally used, the same juice is applied to swellings and rheumatism.
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