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Sarambal / सरंबळ / Water Willow / Justicia procumbens L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Sarambal / सरंबळ
  • Common Name: Water Willow
  • Botanical Name: Justicia procumbens L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Humid areas, moist soils.
  • Season of Availability: Year-round
  • Geography: India
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: N/A
  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Tender leaves aare cooked into a vegetable
  • As Medicine: Decoction is used to cure gastric troubles and backaches. Works as an expectorant for coughs and colds.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: No
  • Boiling Before Cooking: No
  • Pickling: N/A
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Eaten raw mostly as a medicine.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Considered laxative.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Gastric disorders, Backaches, Laxative, Diuretic, Cough and Rheumatism

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Juice of the leaves is used for ophthalmia, and a decoction of the leaves is used for bone-related conditions; root juice is used to treat coughs with blood.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Make a juice of the leaves by crushing the leaves in water and straining, then squeeze this juice into eyes to treat ophthalmia.

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Sarambal / सरंबळ / Water Willow / Justicia procumbens L.

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