Impatiens balsamina Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
balsam garden balsam rose balsam touch-me-not

Impatiens balsamina is a species of Impatiens native to southern Asia in India and Burma. It is an annual plant growing to 20–75 cm tall, with a thick, but soft stem. The leaves are spirally-arranged, 2.5–9 cm long and 1–2.5 cm broad, with a deeply toothed margin. The flowers are pink, red, mauve, lilac, or white, and 2.5–5 cm diameter; they are pollinated by bees and other insects, and also by nectar-feeding birds. The ripe seed capsules undergo explosive dehiscence.

Impatiens balsamina

Medical use

Economic importance of Impatiens balsamina

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: India
    • Indo-China: Myanmar

Biological activities

Allelochemic
2-methoxy-1,4-napthoquinone found in Pericarp (2300 ppm)
Antipruritic
2-methoxy-1,4-napthoquinone found in Pericarp (2300 ppm)
Balsaminone-a found in Pericarp (50 ppm)
Balsaminone-b found in Pericarp (10 ppm)
Pesticide
2-methoxy-1,4-napthoquinone found in Pericarp (2300 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
2-methoxy-1,4-napthoquinone Pericarp 2,300
Balsaminone-a Pericarp 50
Balsaminone-b Pericarp 10
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]