Plectracanthus amboinicus – Indian Cumin

Plectracanthus amboinicus ; Eng: Indian Cumin; Indo: Daun Jinten
Family: Lamiacea







Habitat: Native to south/east Africa, grows in Asia and south America, tropical regions. It likes semi-shaded and moist places to grow. The plant is succulent fleshy and aromatic. It grows about 30–90 cm herb bush. The propagation can be made by stem cuttings.

Part used: Leaves.

Constituents: Phenols, volatile oils.

Actions: anti-inflammatory, hepatic-protective, antiseptic, aromatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-malarial.

Uses: It is used for flu, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, sore throats and nasal congestion. It is used to flavor foods and for its digestive and anti- flatulence proprieties. And can be used to treat diarrhea. It also supports the liver and kidney. It  is used against infections, and to treat malarial fever. It also prevents convulsions and epilepsy. It is used for skin conditions resulting from Leishmania braziliensis, skin rashes and wounds. It can relieve swelling and pain from insects bites (also scorpions bites). It is use to treat rheumatic arthritis.


by Xilef Welner





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