Avalah nata (Aerva lanata)

(Aerva lanata)

Food:
The whole plant, especially the leaves, is edible. The leaves are put into soup or eaten as a spinach or as a vegetable. The plant provides grazing for stock, game in and chickens.
Medicinal :
Leaves : A leaf-decoction is prepared as a gargle for treating sore-throat and used in various complex treatments against guinea-worm. to wash Babies that have become unconscious during an attack of malaria or of some other disease are washed with a leaf decoction at the same time smoke from the burning plant is inhaled. The leaf-sap is also used for eye-complaints. An infusion is given to cure diarrhoea and in an unspecified manner at childbirth, and on sores.

Root : The root is used in a snake-bite treatment.

Flowers : For pains in the lower part of the back leaves and flowers are reduced to ash which is rubbed into cuts on the back.

Spiritual : It gives protection against evil spirits, is a good-luck talisman for hunters, and safeguards the well-being of widows

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