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|The roots, seeds and sometimes leaves, are used in traditional Indian medicines for a variety of illnesses, including intestinal complaints, constipation, dyspepsia and gonorrhea. An emulsion made from the seed is antispasmodic and is especially effective in the digestive system. The seeds are also chewed as a nervine, stomachic and to sweeten the breath. They are also said to be stimulant, antiseptic, cooling, tonic, carminative and aphrodisiac. A paste of the bark is applied to cuts, wounds and sprains. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. It is also applied externally to treat cramp, poor circulation and aching joints.
|Soak 1 hour in lukewarm water before sowing.
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Sow Abelmoschus moschatus seeds about 2mm deep in a well-drained seed sowing mix at about 25øC.
Flowers usually don?t appear until approximately 3 months after sowing.
When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots of rich soil and plant them out after the last expected frosts.