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Kayyonni -Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs of India

March 23rd, 2007 | admin

Kayyoni (Eclipta alba/eclipta prostrata) is a small herb, traditionally used in Kerala as an important ingredient for coconut hair oil prepared at home. The herb has protective features against dandruff and pre-mature hair graying.

Application of coconut oil boiled with kayyonni on head is also beneficial for coolness of head and eye-sight. It is also taken internally as an astringent, purgative, emetic, and tonic. It is used in the treatment of liver diseases, anemia, diphtheria, etc.

The plant grows in swampy places. It is also found in dry areas where there is extended presence of water at least in the rainy season.

The plant is dried for storage. Propagation is through seeds, which scatters in air.

Eclipla prostrate belongs to the family Asteraceae.

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