Murikootti, like the name suggests, is a wound healer and growing one in your backyard Ayurvedic herbs garden can come in quite handy. Whether it is a cut from the kitchen knife or a nick when shaving; a wound from a fall or a scraped knee, Murikootti is the first aid you need.
Murikootti or Muriyan Pacha (Hemigraphis colorata), Vranaropani in Sanskrit, Red-flame Ivy in English, is native to Southeast Asia and is a small prostrate herb with rooting branches deep reddish leaves and white flowers. Mostly grown as an ornamental plant for its strikingly attractive and lush appearance and foliage, its medicinal uses are mostly overlooked save for in Ayurveda. It’s potent medicinal qualities are even credited with with diuretic competence.
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Medicinal Uses of the Wound Healer Murikootti:
To treat any fresh cuts or wounds, all you need to do is make a paste of the leaves of murikootti and apply it on the wound. Sometimes the whole plant is pounded to make the wound healing paste. Taking murikootti internally does not help with the healing process. Besides external bleeding, murokootti is also effective against ulcers, inflammation and is taken internally for anemia.
Recent studies also reveal that besides wound helaing properties, murikooti also has potent antibacterial, anti microbial, anti inflammatory and antidiabetic properties.
Murikootti as an Indoor Air Purifier:
The deep purplish red foliage of murikootti has made it a popular indoor plant for ornamental purposes. Turns out, they serve not just ornamental purposes, but are also highly effective in removing toxic volatile compounds found indoors from paints, cleaning agents and deodorants. Therefore, just growing a murikootti indoors is a kind of protection against harmful toxins.
Murikootti is a low maintenance plant and you can get saplings of this wonder wound healer from these nurseries that sell Ayurvedic herbs and plants.
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