Scientific Name: Anacyclus pyrethrum
Seed Shape: Tiny petals packed in 100’s of number in ring shaped crown
Crown Size: 0.4-0.7 cm diameter
Crown Color: Brown
Seed Size: 0.1 cm
Seed Colour: Light yellow
Packing: In plastic bag
Availability: Throughout the year
Botanical Name: Anacyclus pyrethrum
English Name: Mount Atlas Daisy, Pellitory, Spanish chamomile
Hindi Name: Akarkara, Akkal-Kara
Propagation: By seeds
Root: Aphrodisiac, Libido stimulant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Analgesic (toothache), Androgenic, Spermatogenic, Anti-amnesiac, Anti-convulsant, Anti- pyretic, Anti-oxidant, Brain tonic.
Akarkara is a winter herb much like chamomile in habitat and appearance. It is found in North Africa, elsewhere in the Mediterranean region, in the Himalayas, in North India, and in Arabian countries. The plant forms a low mat of very fine, ferny grey-green leaves. Short stems of white flowers appear with a yellow crown that contains seeds, the petals often painted red or purple on the back. This is very drought tolerant, once established. It has very less water requirement for producing expected root health. In India, it is grown in winters.
Akarkara is a pro-fertility and virility enhancing Indian medicinal herb used in ayurvedic, unani and herbal medicines worldwide for the treatment of men’s diseases, common cold, toothache and pyorrhea. Medicinally, its root has a pungent efficacy in relieving toothache and promoting a free flow of saliva and making it popular as a food spice.
It induces heat, tingling and redness when applied to the skin. It is helpful in various health conditions like loss of libido, impotency, erectile dysfunction, swelling in pain in gums, childhood apraxia of speech, delayed speech development, epilepsy and seizures.