Hummingbird Tree

The Scientific name of Hummingbird Tree: Sesbania grandiflora

Names of Hummingbird Tree in different languages:

Sanskrit: Agasti, Varnari, Munipriya

Hindi: Gaach munga – गाछ मूंगा

Malayalam: Agathy Agasthy (അകത്തി, അഗത്തി, അഗസ്തി.)

Plant description:

This a fast-growing small ornamental flowering tree with red or white flowers resembling little birds, growing up to 12-15 feet high with a straight trunk and small leaves foliage, its flowering season starts in November and ends in June. Flowers are large and curved shaped. Young leaves, green fruit, and flowers are edible. Bark, leaves, gums, and flowers are useful in the Ayurveda treatments.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Bi-pinnate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Bipinnate-Leaflet-also-pinnate  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

Bark, Leaf, and Flower.

Hummingbird Tree Ayurveda medicinal uses

To reduce Kapha and Pitha, to heal wounds, treat Headaches, improve appetite, smallpox, pain, bronchitis, anemia, tumors, colic, jaundice, Rheumatism, Expectorant, and Painful swelling.

Chemical contents:

Antipyretic- Oleanolic Acid, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Cysteine, Tryptophan, Valine, Threonine, Alanine, Aspargine, Tannin, Vitamin c, Oleanolic Acid.

How to prepare medicines

Hummingbird tree leaves with other ingredients are useful in Nasya treatment; it is effective in reducing inflammation and Kapha and it can reduce headache, Pensam, cough, etc. Leaf fry in ghee and used daily to reduce eye diseases, because it is rich in vitamin A source. Seeds grind in cow milk and applied on the affected area are helpful in curing wounds, and it is also useful to treat mouth ulcers and peptic ulcers.

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