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. 

Evolvulus alsinoides (Vishnukranthi)

The whole plant is used for medicinal purpose, externally; the medicated oil of the herb is useful as a hair tonic, to promote the hair growth. Its paste is also applied externally in skin diseases. Sankhapushpi (sanskit name) hair oil prevents the premature graying and failing of hair. Internally, the plant is used in vast range of diseases. It was held in high esteem by the ancient sages of India

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