5 Top Uses Of Gomphrena Globosa (Globe Amaranth (Vadamalli)

vadamalli flower

Gomphrena Globosa (botanical name) commonly called Globe Amaranth | Bachelors Button in English is an annual plant that produces beautiful flowers in purple, white and red. We call these beautiful flowers Vadamalli in Tamil and the purple variety is very commonly found here in Tamil Nadu.

It is mainly used for stage decorations during marriages and it is also widely used during Onam, the famous Kerala festival to decorate pookolam. Many think of it as an ornamental plant but it has wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits too.

Gomphrena Globosa Common Names:

It is called Botam Phul in Bengali, Raktha Mallika in Sanskrit, Gul-e-Makhmal in Hindi, Ummigonde in Kannada and Vaadamalli in Malayalam.

vadamalli usesGomphrena Globosa Medicinal Uses:

1. Anti Bacterial Properties:

It has wonderful anti bacterial properties. The whole plant methanol extract has been clinically proven to have anti bacterial properties against 5 “gram positive” bacteria that includes Bacillus Cereus and Staphylococcus Aureus. It has has anti bacterial properties against 8 “gram negative” bacteria that includes Escherichia Coli and Salmonella Typhi.

2. Anti Fungal Properties:

The methanolic extract has has anti fungal properties against 3 fungal strains that includes Candida Albicans, Aspergillus Niger and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.

3. Antioxidant Properties:

The methanolic extract of the whole plant showed significant anti oxidant properties. Gomphrena globosa tea is very famous in many places and is consumed for it’s wonderful antioxidant properties.

4. Detoxifying & Purifying Properties:

Gomphrena globosa is truly a detoxifying herb and helps get rid of toxins and helps purify our body. Apart from the mentioned medicinal uses, it has been traditionally used for treating gall stones, nose bleed, cough and oliguria (low amount of urine production) but I couldn’t find any research proving it.

5. For Treating High Blood Pressure & Diabetes:

It has been traditionally used for reducing high blood pressure and blood sugar levels and this use has been proven through clinical research. I couldn’t find the correct dosage for long term use, if you know, I will be happy if you can leave the information in the comment section below…

gompherna globosa usesHome Remedies Using Gomphrena Globosa:

1.Gomphrena Globosa Tea:

To make the tea, boil water and add either fresh flowers or the dried ones and let them steep for a few minutes, strain and drink. If you prefer you can sweeten with honey too. This tea is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is very good for diabetics and pressure patients. It also has a calming effect and is wonderful in reducing stress.

2.  Gomphrena Globosa For Wounds:

Since it has anti microbial properties, the whole plant can be ground and applied as a poultice. This poultice is very effective and helps heal wounds very quickly.

3. Gomphrena Globosa For Skin:

The tea or the infusion of the fresh flowers can be used just like rose water for skin care. Since it is rich in antioxidants it will  greatly prevent skin ageing. You can use it to mix dry ingredients in face packs, can be used in creams and lotions too.

globe amaranth medicinal uses



  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Never thought this flower has medicinal uses, though i grow it as an ornamental plant. Great knowledge shared. Thanks Ramya.

  2. juhan samuel
    April 12, 2017 / 1:58 am

    Great info…

  3. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Beyond shocked at the medicinal benefits, thanks for the info

  4. Coral crue
    April 18, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I had no idea about the varied possibilities for this plant!! this is amazing

  5. Anonymous
    March 18, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    aŕe the seeds edible as well?

  6. Judith Zaizar
    November 11, 2019 / 5:25 am

    I have diabetes for many years and would like to know how much of the glove amaranth tea can I take a day when I drink tea, I will really appreciate your answer, thank you

  7. December 13, 2022 / 8:41 am

    Thanku for useful information .. hope you could share more such information with us thanku…

  8. Robin
    September 17, 2023 / 2:03 am

    Can the plant be tinctured as well?

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