Costus or Kuth (Saussurea Costus)

 
 
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 Habitat:

Saussurea Costus is commonly found in High Altitudes in India.

 

Description:

 Saussurea Costus is perennial herbaceous plant, ranging in height from dwarf alpine species 5–10 cm tall, to tall thistle-like plants up to 3 m tall. The leaves are produced in a dense basal rosette, and then spirally up the flowering stem. The flowers form in a dense head of small capitula, often surrounded by dense white to purple woolly hairs; the individual florets are also white to purple. The wool is densest in the high altitude species.

 

Medicinal Uses:

Saussurea Costus has been known for relieving arthritis, cough with cold, stomachache, altitude sickness and dysmenorrhea since many years. The essential oil of the roots has strong antiseptic and disinfectant properties, which help heal wounds, cuts and bruises quickly. Costus is useful in the treatment of bronchial asthma. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, which relieves joint aches and pains, as a result of gout or rheumatism.