Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leonotis nepetaefolia R.Br.

English Name : Catnipleaf Lion's-Ear

Family : Lamiaceae

An ornamental herb or shrub, 1.2-1.8 m. Stem stout, puberulous; leaves large, 6.3-15 cm.x 3.8-10 cm., long-petioled, ovate crenate-serrate, membranous; flowers in verticillasters, orange-scarlet, bristly; nutlets oblong-obivoid, 4 mm. long, obliquely truncat. margins ribbed.

Mainly forests; warmer areas of India.

Parts Used : Flower and plant

Herb Effects
Anticancer,depurative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, laxative, narcotic and alleviates spasms (plant); anti-malarial (seeds); rheumatic affections (leaves).

Active Ingredients
Leonotinin, nepataefolinol and nepetaefolin (plant); inositol, oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid (seed).

Medicinal Use
In skin diseases (such as ringworm), burns and scalds (flower).


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