ATASI/ Linum usitaissimum – Medicinal Plants
Sanskrit names: Atasi, Pichchita, Devi, Medagandha, Madothata, Uma, Hshuma. Hemavati, Rudraneela, Masruna, Suvalkala.
Botanical Description: This is a herb attaining height of 1 to 1.25 meter.
Leaves —long, narrow.
Flowers — blue.
Fruits — circular in shape with shallow seeds. Depending on the colour of seeds
it is subdivided into 4 types, (1) white (2) yellow (3) red and (4) black.
Habitat In India — Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Ptadesh, Russia, Britain, Holland.
Chemical composition Seeds have 37 to 44% oil. White seeds have more oil. Fresh oil is more viscous but in fresh air it gets solidified.