Botanical Name: Onosma bracteatum
- English: Golden drop, Gajwan phool, Gajwan Herb
- Also, Known As: Gaozaban, Gaozaban or Kaneru (Hindi),Pasli (Urdu), Buglossoides arvensis (scientific name used in some regions), Indian ossifrage or Indian stonecrop.
Part used: Whole plant
Onosma bracteatum is a perennial herb that belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It is commonly known as Gaozaban or Kaneru in Hindi, and it is native to the Himalayan region of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Onosma bracteatum has a long history of traditional use in Ayurveda and Unani medicine. It is believed to have several therapeutic properties and is used to treat a variety of ailments such as fever, cough, bronchitis, asthma, and liver disorders. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties.
The plant contains various bioactive compounds such as pyrrolizidine alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, and triterpenoids, which are responsible for its medicinal properties. However, the plant also contains some toxic alkaloids, and therefore, its use should be limited to the prescribed doses and under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
Overall, Onosma bracteatum is an important medicinal plant with a long history of traditional use in the Himalayan region. Its therapeutic properties are currently being investigated, and it has the potential to be developed as a natural remedy for various ailments.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup of 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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