You may have seen it many times and in all probability, you may not have given it a second glance. It is a plant with small yellow flowers, round, velvety leaves, also called the Indian Mallow or Abutilon Indicum, and chances are you might not have realized just how this tiny plant could change your life for the better. Freya's Eternal Youth Rejuvenation Serum uses the root extract of Atibala for its antioxidant nutrients.
What is Atibala?
Native to India, the Atibala is sweet to taste and is found year-round, identified by its distinct yellow flowers. Known by many names, including Rishyaprokta, Kankatika, Balika, Rishagadha, and Kangi, all parts of this medicinal plant, including the root and seed, have been used in Ayurvedic and Siddha practices for thousands of years. The Indian Mallow has a seemingly-boundless array of medicinal properties, and can be used to cure diseased from leprosy to a common fever. The extract, taken from the seed, is also extremely beneficial to the skin and body; the plant can even be used as an aphrodisiac, begging the question: What can’t the Atibala do?
Filled with antioxidants and possessing astringent, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties, the Atibala’s healing effects range from anti-diabetic to lipid-lowering, so it should come as no surprise that the extract produces miraculous effects on the skin.
- Treats pimples: Atibala extract is antimicrobial in nature and hence helps reduces the appearance of pimples and boils.
- Natural cleanser: The astringent properties of the extract act as a natural cleanser for the skin and even reduces oiliness.
- Reduces swelling: The Atibala is known for its anti-inflammation properties and is used widely to reduce swelling.
- Treats rashes: Known for its cleansing and healing properties, Atibala can be used to treat rashes and calm irritated skin.
- Cooling effect: The extract of the Indian Mallow produces the cooling effect on the skin when applied topically.
- Reduces fine lines: Atibala is loaded with antioxidants that help reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the skin to produce an overall anti-aging effect.
Properties of Atibala: Each part of the Atibala plant is a wealth of medicinal properties: the leaves posses antifungal, anti-diabetic, hypoglycaemic and immunomodulatory properties, while the root is analgesic and antimicrobial in nature. The seed and its extract exhibit diuretic, aphrodisiac, emollient, demulcent, laxative, and antioxidant properties. Moreover, it contains contain mucilage, tannin, amino acids, glucose, fructose, galactose, and gallic acid.
Atibala literally means excessive strength, and it really does live up to its name. The plant’s leaves, roots, seeds and even fruits can be used in a variety of ways to cure or reduce the symptoms of diseases ranging from piles to toothaches, and the seed extract is even used as an aphrodisiac.
The seed extract is used widely to treat diseases such as piles, common cold, rheumatism, jaundice, leprosy, and urinary diseases. The leaves, grounded into a paste, can be used to treat boils and as a remedy for arthritis. The leaves can also be used to treat gum and tooth disorders, and can even reduce the infection and inflammation on wounds. And infusion of the roots can be used to treat ulcers and hematuria as well as more common diseases like fever and cough. It can even be used as an eye wash. The flower can be eaten raw or grinded into a powder, and is commonly used to treat stomach diseases.
The plant loaded with antimicrobial nutrients that can help cure liver problems, blood disease, lung ailments, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and can even be used to regulate intestinal secretions. It can be used as a remedy to arthritis and can control body convulsions.
Atibala in Ayurveda:
Atibala has been used in traditional Ayurvedic practices and is known to balance Vala and Pitta. It exhibits Madhura (a sweet taste) and Laghu (light for digestion). It also improves strength (Balya), improves immunity (Ojovardhaka), improves skin conditions (Kantivardhaka), and heals injuries (Kshatahara).
It’s hard to believe that this roadside plant can do so much good to our bodies, but Atibala definitely makes it possible! With so many parts of the plant providing so many incredible benefits to us, you might want to grab all you can get next time you see one!