Phyla Nodiflora | Lippia Nodiflora is quite a popular plant in Tamil Nadu that goes by the name of poduthalai. It is a small creeping herb that produces white or purple flowers which get tubular as they mature. It is native to South America and the United States and can be found in all tropical countries. It is named poduthalai because it is considered to be an amazing home remedy for treating dandruff, we call dandruff podugu in Tamil. It is called frog fruit | Saw tooth Frog Fruit | Turkey Tangle in English, Bukkan in Hindi, Vakkan in Marathi and Vasir in Sanskrit. Phylla nodiflora | Poduthalai have these following medicinal uses: 1. It has wonderful anti bacterial properties making it very effective for treating all kinds of wounds when applied as a poultice. 2. It has anti inflammatory properties making it very effective as a home remedy for treating knee and joint pain. It also reduces piles inflammation when taken internally. 3. It has anti diabetic properties making it a very effective natural remedy for reducing blood sugar levels for diabetic patients. 4. It also has diuretic properties and people who are suffering from water retention will benefit drinking a water decoction of the plant. 5. It also has anti urolithiatoc properties (prevention of formation of kidney stones). It not only prevents, it also effectively treats existing stones. 6. Phyla nodiflora has anti proliferative properties and especially the stem and the leaf extract inhibits breast cancer cell growth. 7. It also has anti fungal properties making it very effective for treating fungal infections when applied topically as a poultice. Usually poduthalai was commonly found in Tamil Nadu but now it is not so common but you can get the plants from nurseries. We also get poduthalai powder in the markets, you can use it for making hair packs like given below…………
4 AMAZING WAYS TO USE PHYLA NODIFLORA | PODUTHALAI AT HOME:
1. Poduthalai Hair Oil:
For making poduthalai hair oil, boil coconut oil with fresh poduthalai leaves till it loses it’s water content. Switch off, cool and strain and use it as a hair oil to get rid of dandruff.
2. Poduthalai Hair Pack:
For the hair pack, take required amount of poduthalai powder in a bowl, add in enough rice water and 1/4 tsp of coconut oil to it and apply as a hair pack. Wait for 30 minutes before having hair wash. This hair pack also treats dandruff very effectively.
3. Poduthalai Poultice For Wounds:
For the poultice pound a handful of fresh poduthalai leaves and apply as a poultice on the wounds. Since it has anti bacterial properties, it treats the infections really well.
4. Poduthalai Decoction:
Poduthalai decoction made by boiling a handful of the leaves along with 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds is an amazing home remedy for treating ulcers, indigestion, inflammation, for preventing kidney stones and as an anti breast cancer drink…