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Abelmoschus moschatus also known as Abelmosk – a medicinal and an aromatic plant

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Abelmoschus moschatus which is also known as Abelmosk, Ambrette seeds, Annual hibiscus, Bamia Moschata,Galu Gasturi, Muskdana, Musk mallow, Musk okra, Musk seeds, Ornamental okra, Rose mallow seeds, Tropical jewel hibiscus, Yorka okra is a medicinal and an aromatic plant that belongs to the Malvaceae family. This plant is a native to India. This plant is an herbaceous plant that can grow up to a height of 3′ to 10′ and about 2 meters in diameter. The stems are hairy and soft. The flowers are enormous and in blended colors of hues.

This plant’s aroma is heavy and sweet which resembles musk. This plant has many culinary uses. Its seeds are known to be added to coffee and the leaves and shoots are used as vegetables in cooking food. Medically, it’s a complementary medicine. It is used to treat spasms of digestive tract, aches of joints and cramps. It is an aphrodisiac and an insecticide.

The plant’s root mucilage is used for sizing paper and flowers for flavoring tobacco. The seeds are used for perfumery. The aroma is known to be relaxing and stimulating. The seeds are also known to relieve dryness of throat and inhaled for hoarseness of throat. gonorrhoea and venereal diseases are known to be treated by its leaves. The seeds are also used to cast out the snake poison.

The coffee aroma of Arabs is what this seeds have. Hence the seeds are also popular as Arab seeds. The aroma of the plant is similar to musk but now is replaced with synthetic aromas in perfumery though this plant was earlier very popular for it’s use in musk scents.

Growing conditions of Abelmoschus moschatus:
– These plants can be grown outdoors in warm climates.
– Grow indoors with good light as houseplants.
– Grow outdoors as shrubs.
– The soil should be frost free and garden soil needs to be rich.
– This plant needs plenty of water.
– The plant needs hot sun.

Care for Abelmoschus moschatus:
– Clip the worn parts of the plant as and when needed.
– The temperature should be warm for growth of the plant.
– The soil should be rich and frost free.
– This plant needs water and hot sun in adequate amounts.

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