Ayurvedic Used as a substitute for Blumea densiflora DC.
Raasnaa in Madhya Pradesh. Family Compositae; Asteraceae.
Action Anti-inflammatory (used Habitat Sub-tropical Himalayas,
internally and externally for Nepal, Sikkim, Assam and Khasia
rheumatic affections). hills.
English Ngai Camphor.
Blumea balsamifera DC. Ayurvedic Kukundara (var.).
Action Juice of fresh leaves— Synonym B. densJlora Hook. f. in insecticidal, mosquito repellant.
part. The plant yields an essential oil
Compositae; Asteraceae. which yields camphor.
Habitat Subtropical Himalayas, Aerial part contains sesquiterpene
Nepal, Sikkim, Assam and Khasi lactones, tagitinin A, tirolundin ethyl
Hills at 700—1,350 m. ether and iso-alantolactone deriva Englis Ngai Camphor. tives.

Blumea lacera. 95

Blumea eriantha DC.
Compositae; Asteraceae.
Habitat Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala.
Ayurvedic Kukundara (var.).
Unani Kakarondaa.
Folk Nirmudi (Maharashtra). Action Juice of the herb— carminative. A warm infusion of leaves is given as a sudorific, while a cold infusion is considered diuretic and emmenagogue. The oil possesses significant antibacterial and antifungal properties. The oil also shows insecticidal activity.
The essential oil contains 95% ketones, the chief constituent ofwhich are
d- carvotanacetone and l-tetrahydrocarvone and an alcohol.
The plant contains a flavonol, crianthin (isolated from the flowers). It is identical to artemetin, isolated from Artemisia absinthium.
Blumea fastulosa (Roxb.) Kurz. Synonym B. glomerata DC. Family Compositae; Asteraceae. Habitat Tropical Himalayas, and
throughout the plains of Assam and Penninsular India.
Ayurvedic Kukundara (var.). Unani Kakarondaa.
Action Plant—diuretic. Essential oil—CNS depressant.

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