Botanical Name: Adhatoda vasica
- English: Adulsa
- Hindi: Adusa, Aduss, Arusa
- Sanskrit: Vasaka, Atarusa, Vrsa
- Also known as: - Malbar nut,Aduso, Ardusi, Vasa,Adulso, Titabahak, Bahak, Vachaka, Adusa, Basa, Vasa, Basanga, Bhekar, Vansa, Adsale, Adusoge, Atarusha, Adasale, Adsole, Vasambu, Adathodai, Addasaramu, Attalataka, Atalotakam.
Parts Used: Leaves
They are oppositely arranged, smooth-edged, and borne on short petioles. When dry they are of a dull brownish-green colour. They are bitter-tasting. They are surrounded by two crescent-shaped cells at right angles to the ostiole. The epidermis bears simple one- to three-celled warty hairs, and small glandular hairs. Cystoliths occur beneath the epidermis of the underside of the blade.
The trunk has many, long, opposite, ascending branches, where the bark is yellowish in color. Flowers are usually white and the inflorescence shows large, dense, axillaries spikes. Fruits are pubescent, and are with club-shaped capsules. Cattle do not eat this plant as the leaves emit an unpleasant smell.
Adulsa is a plant of choice for respiratory problems in an Ayurveda. It is the key ingredient in every proprietary an ayurvedic medicines used for a cough and asthma. It is a simple, easily available, and safe herb, which gives relief from bacterial infections and throat problems.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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