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Ricinus communis Linn.
  • Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • English : Castor oil plant
  • Hindi : Erand, Arand
  • Gujarati : Erandio, Erando
  • Sanskrit : Gandharvahasta, Vatari

  • Part used : Root

Botanical Description:  An annual herb or perrenial bushy soft wooded small tree with a thin greyish brown bark; leaves palmately lobed with seven or more serrate lobes, petioles with conspicuous glands; flowers monoecious in terminal paniculate racemes with crowded male flowers on the upper half of the infloroscence and the pistillate at the basal half, sometimes a few pistillate flowers at the top also, fruits globose, 3 seeded capsules, when young it is green and covered with fleshy prickles; seeds oblong with smooth, hard mottled crustaceous testa with a white carumcle at the top enclosing oily and fleshy endosperm. Flowering and fruiting from September to April.

It is cultivated throughout India.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Madhura
  • Guna : Guru, Snigdha
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Madhura
  • Karma : Vatahara, Vrsya, Amapacana

Modern Pharmacological Action: The leaf, root and seed oil of this plant have been used for the treatment of the inflammation and liver disorders, Hypoglycemic, Laxative. Ricinus communis showed good activity against the bacterial strains Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The antibacterial assay revealed that the acetone and hexane extracts of Ricinus possess good zone of inhibition where as ethanolic extract having antibacterial activity only on higher concentration.

Our Products containing this ingredient
Erandmool Powder

  • Arow Tablet
Erandmool Extract
  • Arow Tablet
  • Dazzle Capsule