Sunday, October 24, 2010

Barleria

Barleria cristata is flowering in all the gardens now. It has flowers in a range of colours from purple to pink to white. Little girls make garlands with the flowers and wear them in their hair.
The yellow Barleria Barleria prionitis is a wild flower which grows in vacant plots.It is an important plant used by the practitioners of Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine. It is know as Vajradanti in Sanskrit. The name means "Diamond Teeth". Yes, the plant is used for relieving tooth ache. It is claimed that if you brush your teeth with a paste made of the leaves and roots of this plant daily, your teeth will be as hard as diamonds. The leaves of the plant have germicidal properties. They are used in beauty preparations and shampoos. The plant is used for relieving fever and joint pain.

13 comments:

  1. Love the purple one a lot. The yellow plant is beautiful too.

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  2. The purple flower is so delicate and lovely.

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  3. My vote is for the cheery yellow!

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  4. I love your purple baleria cristata!

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  5. Both are pretty! They will make great hair accessories like you said. The purple colour looks special and the yellow is really striking.

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  6. The yellow one is my favourite and it has so many medicinal uses aswell. That was interesting about diamond teeth - I could do with some of that just now. I'm heading to the dentist this morning.

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  7. Your blog is really good.
    I love plants and i am studying ayrvedic medicine, so this is really interesting.
    I have a book, maybe you know, called 'brahma's hair', in which we can learn a lot of mithology about indian plants.

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  8. Barleria prionitis good for teeth ace.

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