D a s a p u s h p a m

Evolvulus alsinoides (Vishnukranthi)

Evolvulus alsinoides (Vishnukranthi)

Eclipta alba (Kayyonni)

Eclipta alba (Kayyonni)

Biophytum sensitivum (Mukkutti)

Biophytum sensitivum (Mukkutti)

Cynodont dactylon (Karuka or Durva)

Cynodont dactylon (Karuka or Durva)

Vernonia cinerea (Poovamkurunthal)

Vernonia cinerea (Poovamkurunthal)

Curculio orchioides (Nilappana)

Curculio orchioides (Nilappana)

Cardiospermum halicacabum (Uzhinja)

Cardiospermum halicacabum (Uzhinja)

Ipomoea maxima (Thiruthali)

Ipomoea maxima (Thiruthali)

Aerva lanata (Cherula)

Aerva lanata (Cherula)

Emilia sonchifolia (Muyal Cheviyan)

Emilia sonchifolia (Muyal Cheviyan)

Ayurveda utilizes various herbal preparations to rejuvenate the body and cure diseases. Fairly good collection of plants over 200 taxa used in Ayurveda include Dasapushpam, The ten sacred Flowers / Plants have a very important place in the healing & spiritual tradition of Kerala and its culture.

As per the Tradition of Kerala, the women wears Dasapushpam garland on their head for it was considered sacred. In front of the household shrine, the ten sacred plants of dasapushpam were displayed in a gleaming brass plate in the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam (the monsoon season in Kerala) in the olden days. It was also prescribed by the rajavaidyas (doctors of the king) to the ladies to wear these plants on their head, due to the medicinal value imparted by them. 

Aerva lanata (Cherula)

Aerva lanata, belonging to Amaranthaceae family is a common weed which grows wild. The root has camphor like aroma. The dried flowers which look like soft spikes are sold under the commercial name as Buikallan or Boor. Decoction of the flowers is said to cure stones in any part of the stomach and that of the root is diuretic and cure for kidney stones. The plant is reported as anti inflammatory and antimicrobial. It is also used to heal skin diseases

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