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|In many Asian countries the sap squeezed from the leaves is used to treat ringworm and other skin diseases. An infusion of the plant is used as a laxative. Any part of the plant can be used as a purgative, but excessive use can lead to diarrhoea. The Indians use the plant to treat snake bites and veneral eruptions. For laxative purposes usually a decoction of the leaves is drunk, and less often the flowers, roots or the stem are used. Skin problems are most often treated by applying leaf sap or by rubbing fresh leaves on the skin. In veterinary medicine too, a range of skin problems in livestock is treated with leaf decoctions. Such decoctions are also used against external parasites such as mites and ticks.
|We recommend starting seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost to give the plants a head start on the season.
For best results, first soak seeds in warm water overnight before planting. Because they're fast growers, seedlings usually bloom the first year from seed.
Plant seeds about three quarters of an inch deep in a well-drained soil and humus mixture with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. Find an area with full sun for the seedlings' permanent home and feed with a balanced fertilizer after planting and then once a month during the growing season.
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