I had first spotted the White Cobra Headed Flowers borne on a Spike like bouquet at the Arboretum at Sunder Nursery ( do check out my blogs titled GOLD MEDAL, SUPERSTAR, POWDER PUFF, RED AND WHITE, ROSES ARE RED etc ) New Delhi.
However it was even more fascinating to see these Evergreen Medicinal Herbs grow Wild on the Hills and Walkways at Rishikesh, Uttrakhand, India.
The Shrub of the Malabar Nut ( English) , Vasak ( Sanskrit), Adusa ( Hindi) , Adhatoda Vasica ( Scientific Name) is Native to the Indian Sub Continent.
The picture below was taken along the uphill walk to the 13 Storied Bhootnath Temple at Rishikesh. ( do see the Calf and little boy to the Left of the Gigantic tree)
I will be switching from the Kohi ( Hills of Mud) MicroHabitat at Sunder Nursery , New Delhi, created to emulate the Original Landscape of Delhi as it existed 600 years ago ,to the cool Natural Habitat in the Himalayan Hills of the Vasak Herb.
Every part of the Malabar Nut Shrub is a Boon for Mankind. The Adusa Shrub is in Fact a LIVING PHARMACY.
The Flowers are enriched with Sweet Nectar which is much sought after by the pollinators like the Iridescently coloured Crimson Sunbird seen in the picture below. ( do check out my blog titled CRIMSON SUNBIRD).
The Gorgeous Flowers themselves are a cure for numerous Respiratory diseases like Asthma and Tuberculosis as well.
Spotted with the Flamboyant Crimson Sunbird
The Vasaka Herb is mentioned in the Charak Sanhita, a treatise of Ancient Indian Medicine ( Ayurveda) going back to the 1st Century or 2000 years ago .
Various parts of the Herb like the leaves and Roots provide relief from Pain , Ulcers, Inflammations and a plethora of other human ailments.
Do check out the website http://www.home-remedies-guide.com/herbs/vasaka.htm which details the various Medicinal Uses of this Herb which grows Wild and provides a Free Treatment to All.
The Buds bloom in an orderly fashion, bottom to Top.
A Single Spiked Bouquet bears all the Stages of the beautiful White Blooms of The Malabar Nut or as I call it the Cobra Headed Flower.
The Stamens remind me of the fangs of a Cobra .
While being attracted by these uniquely shaped Blossoms am also fascinated as to how Ancient Ayurveda Systems derive practical treatments from Nature itself.
Ayurveda, the Ancient Indian Medicinal System followed a different thought process, whereby Natural Medicines were available FREE.
Is it not an Enchanting concept in today’s age of Patents , Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices ?