Otostegia limbata Benth Boiss

Family Name:

Lamiaceae

Local Name/English Name:

Koi booi, Spina ghazai, Chotta kanda/Otostegia

Flowering Period:

April-June

Status:

Uncommon

Otostegia Limbata Benth
Family Name: Lamiaceae

Part Used:

Whole plant

Habit/Habitat:

A spiny shrub, mostly found in waste and dry

places in dry soil.

Distribution:

Pakistan: Hazara, Swat, Chitral, Kurram, Peshwar,

Rawalpindi, Salt Range, Kashmir, Jhelum and

Islamabad. World: endemic to Kashmir (India

and Pakistan).

Description:

A small, bushy, branched, slender, and spiny shrub

up to 2 ft tall. Stem erect, branched, woody,

spiny, whitish or gray bark. Leaves small,

oblanceolate with spiny bracts and short petiole.

Flowers in axillary clusters, long, pale yellow

with orange throat (Fig. 3.62).

Family Name: Lamiaceae

Medicinal Uses:

Collection: 50-60 g of fresh leaves is collected by men and women 20-40 years old, in summer (April-July). Leaves used in both fresh and dried forms; dried in sunlight for 1-2 days.

Recipes: (a) 50 g of fresh leaves is ground daily for

3-4 min; 3-4 tsp (50 mL) of water is also added. This mixture is filtered with a cloth and given to patients suffering from mouth sores and throat pains. For children, xh tsp (2.5 mL) of drug (at one time) is given twice daily (morning-evening) for 3-4 days. For adults, 1 tsp (5 mL) of drug (at one time) is given 2-3 times per day for 4-5 days. (b) 30 g of dried leaves is ground for 3-4 min. This powder is mixed in 2-3 tsp of softened butter. Ten to 15 g of this paste is applied on wounds 3-4 times per day for 4-5 days.

Diseases Cured: Mouth sores, throat pains, and wound healing.

Ethnobotanical Uses: Leaves are used as fodder by goats and sheep. The whole plant is used as firewood when dry.

Phytochemicals: Saponin, pectin, and resin [28].

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