Patta Ajwain: Medicinal plant for home

Kitchen Gardening
// November 13, 2017
ajwain plant

Scientific name: Plectranthus amboinicus

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant part used: Leaves.

Medicinal properties of Patta Ajwain:

Coolant, Stimulant, Digestive, Stomach Gases, Anthelmintic, Wound Healing, Cough, Cold, Reducing ‘Kapha’ and ‘Vata.’

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Patta Ajwain information:

  • It’s a small, erect, perennial, herbaceous, aromatic plant.
  • Leaves are fleshy, green, hairy and full of essential oils and aromatic compounds.
  • The stem is green and weak; it can tilt or drop with the weight of big leaves.
  • The aroma of the leaves can be described as a pungent combination of the smells of oregano, thyme, and turpentine. The taste of the leaves is described as being similar to the one of oregano but, with a sharp mint like pepperiness
  • It is widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere in the tropics, where it is used for traditional medicine, spice, and ornamental plant.
  • Note: Patta Ajwain should not be confused with great aromatic kitchen seed-herb Ajwain, i.e., Trachyspermum ammi.
  • There is an uncanny resemblance in the aroma of Ajwain seeds and Patta Ajwain leaves. Therefore plant in this blog is referred as ‘Patta Ajwain; rather than just ‘Ajwain’ to avoid confusion.

ajwain leaves

Patta Ajwain benefits and uses:

  • Patta Ajwain leaves help in digestion when consumed with black salt.
  • Chew one leaf every day to get rid of gases and bloating.
  • A special ‘Bhajia’ is made of Patta Ajwain during the monsoon season.
  • Patta Ajwain tastes great along with ginger, lemon, and Jaljeera beverages.
  • Chopped leaves of Patta Ajwain and coriander are used to garnish buttermilk.
  • Patta Ajwain leaves are added in ‘green masala’ of fenugreek, spinach, potato and mixed vegetable recipes.
  • Delicious and fresh chutney is prepared from fried Patta Ajwain leaves and sesame seeds.
  • Add a leaf in boiling water and inhale the vapor to clear blocked nose during cold.
  • Homoeopathic medicine, prepared from fresh leaves, is used in the affections of urinary organs, especially in painful urination or in burning pains during and after urination.
  • The herb can be applied externally to the skin as a mosquito repellent.

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How to grow Patta Ajwain plant?

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  • The plant should be grown in 8-12 inch pot in a rich potting medium like pot-o-mix.
  • Patta Ajwain can be propagated with herbaceous green cuttings or tip cuttings.
  • Cuttings can be directly planted in well prepared potting soil added with plenty of organic manure.
  • In the humid, rainy climate even the old stems are placed horizontally on the soil surface can start rooting to form a new plant.
  • Patta Ajwain plant grows well in shade and partial sunlight. It can be grown in hanging baskets too.

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