Thursday, June 21, 2012

Purple Kamantigue

Kamantigue, Impatiens balsamina, Balsam

Clusters of purple Kamantigue after the rain.
Impatiens is a genus of about 850-1,000 species of flowering plants of the Balsaminaceae family; a native of India and now cultivated in all warm countries.  It is propagated through seeds.  Roots, stems, flowers and seeds are used in folk medicine.
  • In the Philippines, pounded leaves used as poultice to dissolve whitlow
  • In Malaysia, leaves used for poulticing broken and torn nails
  • In China, powdered seeds are prescribed for difficult labor
  • Flowers used for snake bites, lumbago and intercostal neuralgia
  • For contusion, painful inflammation, joint paints, carbuncles, dysmenorrhea: use dried flowers, or boil the entire plant and drink
  • Seed is an expectorant, used for cancer treatments
  • For external use on any bruise or painful area, crush fresh plant and poultice the affected parts of the body
  • Leaf juice used for treatment of warts
  • Root and leaves used for various foreign bodies---coins or other metals inadvertently swallowed, as well as thorns or fish splinters
  • In the US, the most common use of jewelweed is to treat poison ivy rashes

Our bodies are our gardens---our wills are our gardeners. ~ William Shakespeare


Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful flowers.

My entry.

vincibene said...

Wonderful shots! I love the colour!

Kim, USA said...

I am familiar of this flower. In grade school we use to plant this and it is pretty with different colors like pink, white and red. But never know the name ^_^ Great shots!

anney said...

THis is such a wonderful plant since it has many uses.

NixBlog said...

Delightful photos, Miranda.

Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

florists online said...

Purple Kamatique is just beautiful. Have a look at it