The Indian Gooseberry Plant or Phyllanthus emblica as it is commonly known is one of the most prized herbs indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. The herb has been widely used for medicinal purposes in India for thousands of years. The plant is very versatile to varying temperatures and water requirements. Plant Facts: The herb is largely grown as a home herb due to its attractive ornamental meaning. The plant grows up to two feet tall, the flowers ranging from yellow to white, and the leaves can be found in various colors from red to purple.
This plant is used to treat a number of conditions that are common in Indian homes. The Gooseberry leaves are considered a home care herb in the East, where the plant has been used to treat menstrual disorders, colds, flu, coughs, indigestion, toothaches, nausea, stress and skin disorders. The plant has also been known to help increase fertility in both men and women. This care instructions are important to follow if you wish to grow the plant indoors as they are not recommended for outdoor use. The main care requirement for the plant is moderate sunlight.
The best time to plant the plant indoors would be between spring and summer. The main benefits the plant offers is that it balances the body’s hormonal levels. It is also considered a stimulant and aphrodisiac for women. It maintains a healthy blood circulation and increases metabolism.
During cold seasons the plant will produce tiny, silver coins. This is a sign that the plant needs little water and low temperature. The leaves will start to change colors during this stage and turn grey and pale. The leaves will start to wilt and die and eventually fall off. The growth of this plant will slow down during the winter as the climate becomes unendurable. The weather will become milder and there will be less rain.
The flower buds will open when the weather becomes warm and the plant will usually bloom for a second or third year. The third year the buds open and the plant will produce flowers. The flower buds will release stamens which flower at the top of the plant and then bloom. This will occur every year.
This home care plant has many qualities and can be grown indoors on a windowsill. In extreme cases, they can even be grown outside in the garden. They can tolerate some shade and do not require constant sunlight. If kept watered the plant will produce a continuous flow of healthy, sweet tasting sap. Indian Gooseberry is very easy to maintain and is a perfect choice for anyone who is looking for a natural, delicious tasting, medicinal tonic.