BLUMEA BALSAMIFERA DC.

Conyza balsamifera L.
Family: Asteraceae

English name: Nagal Camphor

Description of the plant:
A small tree-like shrub; all softer parts densely appressed-villous. Leaves 10-20 cm long, coriaceous, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, thickly silky-villous, serrate, narrowed into a usually auricled short petiole. Flower-heads 6-8 mm, in large spreading or pyramidal, terminal, tomentose panicles.

Using information:
Leaves are stomachic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, antiseptic and expectorant; used in leucorrhoea, diarrhoea, cholera. A warm infusion of the leaf is a pleasant sudorific, excellent diaphoretic in bronchitis. As fumigation it is much used in rheumatism and headache. Leaves along with those of Vitex negundo and CAREYA ARBOREA is used for fomentation. Fresh leaf juice is used as eye drop in chronic eye diseases; sap of young leaves is given in bowel disorder in infants.

Alcholic extract of the plant is antibacterial against E. coli (Asolkar et al., 1992).


Blumea Balsamifera
BLUMEA BALSAMIFERA DC.


Chemical constituents:
Leaves contains 2 quercetin derives (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Distribution:
Forests of Chittagong and Chittaging Hill Tracts.