Panikoorka: A Natural Remedy for Colds, Fevers, and Common Ailments

Updated on December 22, 2017
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Dhannyya is experienced in using home remedies for common ailments.

Panikoorka leaves are used to treat a variety of ailments.
Panikoorka leaves are used to treat a variety of ailments.

The Many Health Benefits of Panikoorka

Panikoorka, or Plectranthus amboinicus, is a popular remedy used in South Indian states to treat coughs and colds in children. The plant is known for its numerous therapeutic benefits, and is particularly popular in Kerala. In South India, people say that you should grow panikoorka in your house if you have children. The herb is traditionally known as one of the most effective and widely used natural medicines for treating sick children.

Alternate Names for Panikoorka

Pathar Choor (Hindi)
Karpooravalli (Tamil)
Navara (Malayalam)
Indian Borage (English)
Panikoorka's use is documented well throughout the world. It is commonly used in medicine, for decoration, and in recipes.
Panikoorka can be easily consumed by boiling the leaves in water.
Panikoorka can be easily consumed by boiling the leaves in water. | Source


Consult with a qualified medical professional regarding your health condition before ingesting or incorporating new supplements into your regimen. Always consult with a qualified medical professional before treating children.

Methods for Nursing Mothers

Panikoorka is said to improve lactation in nursing mothers. By taking the juice orally, the mother also transfers the health benefits of the plant to the nursing child.

If you are a nursing mother, the extract of the panikoorka leaves can be mixed with rock sugar (kalkandam) and applied to the breast. The infant will ingest the extract when they drink the milk. Some mothers use honey, but this is only recommended for children 12 months or older. You can also apply the leaves to the child's lips.

Cough and Cold Remedies for Children and Adults

Colds in Children

For a cough, cold, or chest congestion in infants, offer 2-3 drops of panikoorka leaf juice. You may also use the extract and mix it with rock sugar to give to toddlers.

Colds in Adults

For cough relief, take a mix of leaf extract, honey, and lemon juice, and take it two times a day.

Topical Application

Fry the leaves in oil and apply the mixture to the head for relief from throat pain and fever.

Panikoorka leaf extract can be consumed for coughs and colds.
Panikoorka leaf extract can be consumed for coughs and colds. | Source

Treating Fevers With Panikoorka

Panikoorka is a famous antipyretic home remedy used to treat fevers in children and adults. The leaves are squeezed and the juice is ingested. It is particularly helpful for reducing fevers associated with malaria. Here are the dosing increments for fevers:

  • Babies: 1 teaspoon of leaf extract
  • Adults: 2 tablespoons of leaf extract

Treating Bronchial Asthma With Panikoorka

Panikoorka is found to be hugely effective in children, and acts as a natural expectorant, reducing excess phlegm and chest congestion in both infants and toddlers. Boil the leaves in one cup of water for treating bronchial asthma. Dosing instructions:

  • Children: 2 tablespoons of the decoction taken orally
  • Adults: 1/4 of a cup of the decoction taken orally

Adults may alternatively consume leaf extract mixed with honey and kalkandam. Asthma patients can also regularly take the extract for respiratory relief.


Put the leaves of the plant inside the steam/vapor for inhalation. If you are using a vaporizer, take the leaf extract in a piece of cotton, and put it in the mouth of the vaporizer.

Panikoorka helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis.
Panikoorka helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis. | Source

Treating Common Ailments With Panikoorka


The versatility of the plant offers many options for use and methods of application. For those suffering from arthritis, the leaves of the plant can be boiled in water. This decoction can be taken orally for several days to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.


In India, panikoorka is traditionally given to epileptic patients to treat attacks.

Insect Bites, Stings, Allergies

The leaf extract relieves dermal itching, allergies, infections, wounds, etc.. For insect bites and scorpion bites, apply the extract directly.

Ulcers, Indigestion, and Diarrhea

Indigestion, gas, and diarrhea, can be treated using the leaf extract. For adults with gas, mix the extract with honey and heat it until it is warm; take it orally two times a day. The plant may also be used to relieve problems associated with ulcers.

For stomach ailments in children (stomach pain, intestinal worms, etc.), mix the juice with sugar and give it to children three times a day.

Urinary Tract Issues

The leaves are traditionally used for urinary diseases in adults. Take a decoction of the plant several times a day for one week for best results.

A Breakdown of the Health Benefits of Panikoorka

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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      14 months ago

      How many times can it be given to infants in a day for cough and cold

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      22 months ago

      Hope you clarify how do you say honey can be heated.

      Around the world most traditional medicine practices agree that heated honey has a negative affect on the human body. In the case of ayurveda, it is believed that honey heated over 60 degrees celsius (140 degrees fahrenheit) creates “ama”. Ama is a condition of mucus that is brought on by inflammation and toxicity.

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      3 years ago

      Try it for burns!

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      5 years ago

      i heared some romour information regarding this has a side reduce d memory power of it correct..?

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      6 years ago from Atlanta

      This is very useful, thank you so much. I have planted this in my balcony and now I am using the leaves to reduce the cold and flu in my toddler, which is affecting him very frequently nowadays. I was not sure if I could use it for my baby too. Thanks for suggesting so many ways to use this excellent herb, I love its strong flavor!

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      7 years ago

      thank you precy anza for the comment

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      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      The oregano plant :) I grew up with this herb and seeing the photo, I could just smell it. I had used its leaves many, many times for my cold, cough and asthma when I was a kid. Still grows it today and using it when I find the need. :) Great hub about the herb! Voted up and shared! :)

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      7 years ago

      thank you Pavlo Badovskyy

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      It treats so many different things! Great info!

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      7 years ago

      thank you rajan jolly for encouraging me..thanks for the sharing...i learned taking topics seeing ur hubs...

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Hi dhanyya, this is a wonderful herb but it is the first time I'm learning about this. Thanks for sharing such useful information.

      Voted up, useful and shared.

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      7 years ago

      thank you shiningirisheyes

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Boy Dhannyya - I wish I had some Panikoorka leaf oil now. I have been struggling with the aches, fever and cough for a full day.

      Sounds like Mother Natures wonder remedy with the many other ailments it helps.

      Very interesting


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