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


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.

Melbourne Australia Photos 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