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Thumba – Onam Flower

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Thumba Flower

Thumba Flower(Leucas zeylanica) is a very small herb that grows as four or five branches of five to eight inches right from the base. The very small flowers, to the tune of 6 to 8 mm are milky white in color.

Someone in the past has found out a similarity in the shape of the bottom of foot of a new-born baby and the flower. You can see thumba flower that resembles a baby foot if you look at it with a baby in mind.

Significance

The flower is native to Kerala and rarely found outside Kerala. Ayurvedic medicines use the whole plant for different medicines. The flower has religious importance too. It is believed that Lord Krishna especially loved this flower.

Onam is the most important festival of Kerala. Thumba flowers are widely used for creating the Onapookkalam.

Medicinal Usage

  • Respiratory Diseases : Crush the plant and boil it in water. Inhale the steam will cure the Respiratory Diseases
  • Sinusitis : Crush the white small flower to make paste and apply it on nose
  • Ascaris : Take single teaspoon of flower juice twice a day
  • Insect bite : Apply the juice of leaves to reduce the pain of of insect (Bee, Spider) bite.

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A graphic designer by profession, having found a hobby in photography, in this blog I share my photographs along with a little information on it.

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A graphic designer by profession, having found a hobby in photography, in this blog I share my photographs along with a little information on it.

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