Botanical name: Coleus amboinicus
Doddapatre is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and grows up to 1 m tall. The stem is fleshy, either with long rigid hairs or densely covered with soft, short, and erect hairs.
Leaves are fleshy, simple, broad, and oval-shaped with a tapering tip. The margins are coarse and slightly serrated. They are thickly covered with hair. The leaves have a combined flavor of thyme, oregano, and turpentine. The leaves' taste is similar to oregano but has a sharp, minty flavor.
The leaves of this plant have many medicinal benefits:
- The leaves of doddapatre can relieve you if you are suffering from a cold, a sore throat, congestion, a stuffy nose, or painful sinuses.
- Doddapatre contains powerful expectorants that help to eliminate mucus and phlegm from your respiratory tracts.
- Doddapatre is used in skin treatment. Doddapatre possesses anti-inflammatory compounds that can quickly reduce redness and swelling while also eliminating itchiness and irritation.
- The ascorbic acid in the herb makes it an important immune booster.
- The carotenoids and vitamin A content can improve vision, reduce oxidative stress in the eyes, and prevent macular degeneration.
- Indian borage acts as a very effective diuretic.
- This also reduces the amount of excess salt, fat, and water in the body, keeping the kidneys and lymphatic system functioning smoothly.
- Doddapatre is used to settle upset stomachs and relieve irritable bowel syndrome by regulating digestion and soothing stomach inflammation.
How to grow Doddapatre plant?
Doddapatree can be very easily propagated by cuttings. Make sure the cutting is healthy and has many nodes. They can also be propagated using seeds.
Doddapatrtre prefers partial to bright sunlight. For indoors, South facing window is the best spot.
Doddapatre grows well in moist soil but cannot survive in soggy soil.
Doddapatre plant prefers loose, well-aerated, and well-draining soil. Add compost or any organic matter to enrich the soil. For pots, you can use a potting mix with equal parts of compost or well-rotted manure, sand, and peat moss.
Choose a container that is at least 12 inches deep and wide. The pot should have sufficient drainage holes to drain the excess water.
Doddapatre doesn't require too much fertilizer. You can use all-purpose fertilizer. You can also go for organic manure like compost, cow dung, etc.
Cut off the stems when the plant reaches 6-8 inches tall. Remove dead flowers and dried leaves. Pruning makes the plant grow bushier.
8. Pests and Diseases
Pests and diseases rarely attack Doddapatre. However, aphids and thrips may attack the plant. Use organic insecticidal solution or neem oil to prevent excess damage from pests.
Dr. Vandana K.