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Sarambal / सरंबळ / Water Willow / Justicia procumbens L.

Local Name: Sarambal / सरंबळ

Common Name: Water Willow

Botanical Name: Justicia procumbens L.

Sarambal / सरंबळ / Water Willow / 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.


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