Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia) is a flowering plant also known as Indian madder or Madderwort. It belongs to the family Rubiaceae or the coffee family. The word “manjistha” means bright red, which describes the bright red colored roots of this herb.
Manjistha is a renowned medicinal herb commonly found in India, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Manjishtha contains quinones, iridoid glycosides, triterpinoids, and beta-sitosterol.
The ancient physician and sage, Charaka has categorized the herb as varnya or that which improves the complexion, jvarahara, or that which reduces fever, and visaghna or that which detoxifies. It is also a well known rasayana – a rejuvenative.
Manjistha has been recommended by Ayurvedic physicians from times immemorial, for its blood purifying and anti-oxidant properties. Its Ayurvedic properties are classified as being bitter, astringent and sweet in taste and heavy, dry and hot in effect.
Manjistha can help counter attack all health hazards caused by accumulating toxins. Manjistha is known for its ability to penetrate body tissues where reactive toxins have accumulated. It binds with the toxins and neutralizes their damaging effect to the tissues. This super herb aids in removing toxins from the blood and in cleansing the lymphatic system, the liver, kidneys and other major organs.
Manjistha contains sulfur and tannins, natural substances that give this super herb its ability to eliminate bacterial infections. It also acts as anti-inflammatory agent as it contains salicylates and triterpenoids, substances that alleviate swelling or inflammation.
Manjistha could increase the amount of white blood cells up to 151%. It has been considered one of the advantages of taking Manjistha, particularly if you are aiming to boost your immune function.
Manjistha Powder is a very good for skin. How to use Manjistha Powder on face : to improve complexion mix honey or yogurt with powdered manjistha and applying it to the face or body as a mask for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to test a small area of the skin first to see how your skin will react. A combination of 100 gms dried and crushed orange peels and 50 gms each of sandal powder, turmeric and Manjistha, makes an excellent face pack.
Homemade Hand Lotion with Manjistha & Almonds for cracked, wrinkly and rough hands:
You will need:
35g of Almond Powder
1 egg beaten
8g of Manjistha Root Powder
1 tbsp organic honey
1 tbsp pure aloe gel
Mix almonds powder, beten egg, manjistha powder, honey and aloe gel really well by stirring vigorously with a wooden spatula or with clean hands. You can store this in the fridge for up to a week.
An hour or two before you sleep and making sure that you have no other chores to do, apply this mixture all over your hands and on your palms. Then, put on plastic gloves and let it stay for an hour or so. Later wash your hands with cold water and go to sleep. Follow this regimen for a week and you will notice the difference.
We found this DIY lotion recipe here.
Ayuvedic Face Pack with Manjistha Powder:
Take one teaspoonful of raktchandan and some manjistha powder. Mix both of these well with milk or Rose water. Add a couple of drops of lime juice to enhance the efficiency. Mix the ingredients well to form a fine paste. Apply this mixture on the cleansed face. Let it dry for 20 minutes, wash off with cold water. This Ayurvedic face pack can be used 2 times a week
If you are using prescription blood thinners like Warfarin, Coumadin, please consult with your physician before taking. Manjistha may temporarily turn urine orange or brown