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Leonotis nepetifolia

Scientific Name: Leonotis nepetifolia | English: Lions Ear, Christmas candlestick | Sanskrit: Granthiparni | Hindi: Mahadrona, Bara guma, Lal guma | Tamil: Ranaperi | Marathi: Dipamaal | Telugu: Hanumanthabeera | Bengali: Granthika | Kannada: Dev tumbe, Ranabheri

Medicinal Uses: Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antiproliferative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antidiabetic, Anxiolytic (Anti-anxiety), Helps control bedwetting in children, Antidiarrheal, Antitumor and Wound healing.

Traditional uses:

  1. Paste of the leaves mixed with oil is applied an an ointment to facilitate wound healing. This paste can also be used for burns, skin inflammation, itching and eczema

  2. A decoction of the leaves or leaves added to herbal tea can help relieve arthritic and rheumatic joint pains. A glass of this herbal tea before bedtime would also have anxiolytic effects and could help with sleeplessness caused due to anxiety.

  3. The paste of the inflorescence fried in ghee helps in alleviating cough.

  4. A decoction of the leaves of Leonotis with the leaf of Heliotropiium indicum helps control bedwetting.

Disclaimer: For the untrained eye, many plants appear similar. Do not attempt to harvest and use herbs until and unless you are familiar with herb identification and usage.

If you want to use any of the herbs mentioned on these blogs, please do so under the guidance of a doctor or a holistic practitioner. You can also write to us at for usage information specific to your issue.


Preliminary studies on the behavioural effects of the methanol extract of Leonotis nepetifolia linn stem in mice

Ethno medicinal claims of Leonotis nepetifolia (l.) R. Br: a review


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