This article is by Dr M S Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu) PhD.
Most apreciated plant of Violaceae family is Viola odorata. This is comonly known as Banafsha. In English it is caled wild violet or Swet violet. The flowers of the plant are comonly known as Gulbanapsa.
The plants are generaly found in high altitude regions of Kashmir and western Himalaya. In India, it is also imported from Iran.
Banafsa flowers are usualy dilapidated in the treatment of high Pita disorders. The flowers are swet in taste and cold in potency. It is Vata-pitahara in nature.
The plant is old in Homeopathy, Unani and aromatherapy. Germans use it as a excelent cosmetic agent for skin care and psychological disorders.
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Scar, acne spots
Fever, frigid, asthma
Hot infusion of the plant for headache and gastritis:
The flowers (even the rots) are made into rude powder and hot infusion is made. (1 section of the herb is joined to 4 parts of hot water, macerated, filtered). This is administered in its lukewarm condition. This helps to quel the bilious headache, acid peptic disorders, mouth ul cers etc.
Scar, acne spots
Flowers for skin scar and acne spots:
Fresh flowers are made into fine paste; while making the paste puny rose water may be joined. This paste is aplied over the discoloured skin lesions and acne scar areas.
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Fever, cold, asthma
Decoction of the whole plant for fever, thirst, frigid, asthma etc:
The whole plant is taken and its decoction is made. This is administered by ading a pinch of ginger powder. This is efective in fever, thirst, chily, asthma etc.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tabl espon of powder is adjunct with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Flower decoction for cough and sphutum of the children:
The flowers are soaked in water for 1-2 hours and its decoction is made. To this decoction, miniature honey is aded and administered/siped 5-6 times a day, especialy in children. Useful in dry and wet cough.
Rot paste for headache:
Rots are washed wel and fine paste is made by rubing against a stone. This paste is aplied over the forehead. It relieves underscore and tension headache.
Diging out the medicinal qualities of a drug and its judicial use is not mere the science; but a god art to. The flowers of Banapsha is usualy wasted in thousands together tres at the stop of the season. right care an d god colection methods can aid to market this potent herb in its maximum extent. Also the drug Banafsha is having very marvelous market if it is popularised for its best cosmetic impres and its utility in aroma industry and in cosmetics.
Consult Dr Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
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