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Asthma Weed Snake Plant Euphorbia Hirta Seeds
Packet of 200+ seeds from this very weedy, very common, medicinal herb.
Commonly known by many different names around the world including, Euphorbia pilulifera, Chamaesyce pilulifera, euphorbia weed, fishbone weed, pill-bearing spurge, asthma plant, hairy spurge, garden spurge, pillpod sandman, boro-keruie, barokhervi, dudeli, koko, kahiki, baridhudi, dudh ghas, dudhi, kasandanda, chara, amampatchairasi, barokheruie, tawa-tawa, gatas-gatas, amampatchaiarisi, reddivari, amman pachirisi, anabalu, reddinananbrolu, bidarie, lal dodhak and of course Asthma weed.
Massive list of traditional and medicinal uses, most of which I would never even consider doing myself due to the aggressive corrosive action of the sap.
Lots of folks have asked me for the plant, particularly folks from the Philipines and Indian unable to find this common medicinal now that they are here in Australia.
It is quite weedy and I have no trouble at all finding heaps of it growing wild both here at my place and just about every park, garden, roadside nationwide.
Only grow it in pots and control its spread, as it sets heaps of seeds and the seed can establish itself in just about all soils.
These are some of the traditional uses I have found online, none of which I recommend in any way.
Temperature regulation during the hottest months of the years. A tea of the leaves is said to help cure the thirsty feeling often faced by people and increases body resistance. It also keeps the body strong? Curing cracked dry lips, the milky latex of the plant and apply it on the lips. (wow, don’t do that unless you want nice big eroded holes in your lips)
For the treatment of skin infections like rashes, warts, swellings or skin tags, take the milky extract of the herb and apply it over the affected area. The skin gets cured very soon.
If you have sore eye, apply the latex on the eyelids below the eyes. (my guess is when you go blind from the sap burning out your eyes it no longer hurts?)
Vaginal discharge, women are often faced with the problem of white discharge. For such people, take the leaves of the herb, grind it until it becomes a paste and drink it along with butter milk or a cup of milk. (the massive amount of stomach irritation, pain and damage to the lining of your throat and gut takes your mind off the discharge?)
The herb is also widely used in treating a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders. If you are having diarrhea, or worm and parasitic infestations consuming a decoction of the herb can cures you of the disease, by killing the intestinal parasites. Sounds plausible to me, as Euphorbia hirta does have strong nematicidal, vermicidal, antibacterial, anthelmintic, antiasthmatic, sedative, antispasmodic, antifertility, antifungal, and antimalarial properties.
A huge number of active constituents have been isolated from the plant and I definitely see a potential there as a medicinal for a huge range of ailments.
It contains Afzelin, quercitrin, myricitrin, rutin, euphorbin-A, euphorbin-B), euphorbin-C, euphorbin-D, 2,4,6-tri-O-galloyl-β-D-glucose, 1,3,4,6-tetra-O-galloyl-β-D-glucose, kaempferol, gallic acid, protocatechuic acid, β-amyrin, 24-methylenecycloartenol, β-sitosterol, heptacosane, nnonacosane, shikmic acid, tinyatoxin, choline, camphol, and quercitol derivatives containing rhamnose and chtolphenolic acid.
The ethanolic extract of E. hirta inhibited the growth of the Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Bacillus subtili and aqueous and chloroform leaf extracts possess an antibacterial activity against Klebsiella pneumonia.
Anti-asthmatic activity. Euphorbia Hirta is reported to have an anti-asthmatic activity due to the relaxation effect on the bronchial tubes and a depressant action on respiration, something many people have told me about over the years with most folks sipping and gargling a weak tea made from a few stems and leaves when the first effects are noticed.
Let me just say once more, I do not recommend ingestion of this plant in anyway, and I also strongly suggest you keep it contained as it can be weedy, and grows in every state of Australia wild already.
That said, if it is on your wish list for whatever reason, here are some properly identified, professionally harvested seeds, of this super easy to grow weedy herb.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!