Botanical name: Anisomeles indica Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Nepeta indica, Anisomeles ovata
Indian Catmint is is a camphor-scented annual herb. It is erect about 1-2 m in height, with a 4-angled, pubescent stem. The leaves are thin, ovate, 3-12 cm, long-stalked, and pointed at the tip, with round-toothed margins. The flowers are numerous, crowded, and almost stalkless and occur in spike-like racemes 5-25 cm long and 2-3 cm in diameter. The sepal cup is about 6 mm long, hairy, and pointed-toothed, and the tube, long and bell-shaped. The flowers are purplish and 1-1.2 cm long. The upper lip is oblong-ovate and the lower lip has two middle lobes. Flowering: August-September.
Medicinal uses: An infusion is useful in affections of the stomach and bowels, and in catarrh and intermittent fevers; and that the juice of the leaves is administrated to children for colic, dyspepsia, and fever caused by teething. Inhaling the vapor of the hot infusion induces copious perspiration. A decoction of the plant is an excellent fomentation for is used externally as an embrocation in rheumatism arthritis.
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