Family ► Labiatae; Lamiaceae.
Habitat ► The western Ghats from Maharashtra to Karnataka; Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
English ► Malabar Catmint.
Ayurvedic ► Sprikkaa.
Siddha/Tamil ► Irattaipeyameratti.
Action ► Antispasmodic (used in dyspepsia, colic), antipyretic, diaphoretic, antiperiodic, emme-nagogue, antirheumatic. The oil is used externally as an embrocation in rheumatic arthritis.
The plant contains beta-sitosterol, letulinic acid, ovatodiolide and ani-somelic acid. The essential oil from tops and flowers yield a terpene hydrocarbon, citral and geranic acid.
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