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. 

Emilia sonchifolia (Muyal Cheviyan)

A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of dysentery. The juice of the leaves is used in treating eye inflammations, night blindness, cuts and wounds and sore ears. The plant is astringent, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge and sudorific. It is used in the treatment of infantile tympanites and bowel complaints. The flower heads are chewed and kept in the mouth to protect teeth from decaying. Whole plant is used medicinally. Also known as Cupid’s shaving Brush

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