This ‘green’ plant is found throughout the warmer parts of India. It grows well in alluvial soil, marshes and swamps. It spreads over ground in small plants with dark green or yellow leaves, similar to the leaves of tamarind tree.
Some Knowledge to Share With You About The Plant
Botanical name: Alternanthera sessilis
Botanical Family: Amaranthaceae
Telgu: Poonnaganta kura
Tamil: Ponnanganni keerai
Sanskrit: Meenakshi mathsyakshi
Kannada: Vanagone sappu
Plant: Galactagogue, Cholagogue ( a medicine that promotes flow of bile), febri fuge (an agent that lessens fever)
Stem and leaves: Young shoots are nutritious and contain protein 5% and Iron 16.7 mg / 100 gm.
There are two varieties that you can find with this plant – local and ‘foreign’. The ‘foreign’ is cultivated for decoration and beauty is garners. Native variety is a super green plant.
The word ‘Pon’ in the vernacular name of the plant (Ponnanganni) means ‘gold’. Therefore, you should have an idea how people appreciate this plant as it is so precious like gold. Once you get the herb, you can fry the ghee with a bit of salt and pepper. It is advisable for you to take the recipe continuously for 48 days. As a result, the plant is effective to helps bring about the body beauty, eyes cooling and give you a golden glow skin.
While for slender or lean persons, they can gain weight and strength by eating this green leaves that cooked with Tuvar dal, and ghee.
For lactating mother, consumption of this plant leaves can increases the production of breast milk.
Ponnanganni can boost the liver functionality. If you consume the plant together with white garlic, it can cures chronic constipation and piles problem.
For people who are having hot’ body, they are advice to take two ounces of the Ponnanganni juice and mixed with 4 ounces of cow or goat milk. By drinking such mixture of juice, our body can gains strength and stay healthy.
More Usage and Recipes of Ponnanganni
You can combine the other ‘super green’ – Karisilanganni (Eclipta Alba) juice with the Ponnanganni juice, add gingelly oil, heat all these together, strain and cool.
Use of this oil improves hair growth. It cools the body, improves eye sight. In another method, obtain 100 m. litre of Ponnanganni juice and mix it with equal quantity of gingelly oil. You can add herbs like ( each 30 gm), Koshtam ( costum speciosus). Black Jeera, water lily ( tuber – Pontedria vaginalis), Liquorice, thoroughly cleaned and ground with cow milk. Add these herbs to the oil and Ponnanganni Juice, heat on a low fire. When the water is evaporated and the oil reddens, remove from fire and store when cooked. This Thailam is good for hair, eyesight & reduces body heat.
Every day early in the morning, you can take 30ml of Ponnanganni juice to mix with 30ml of cow milk on an empty stomach, is the early morning. By doing so, it can effectively reduces the heat of the body and promotes nourishment. If you can’t find cow milk with you, you can substitute with goat milk.
You can use Ponnanganni to make food in any form aid it will provide good nutrition especially is good for the eyes.