True Manjistha Root Powder –
INCI : Rubia cordifolia
Origin : India
Other Names : Indian meddar, Yojnavalli, Vastrarajini, Rakta, Phuvva, Manjistha, Indian Meddar, Manjitha, Manjit, Manjustha, Manjatti,Manjistha, Manjit, Manjitte, Manjishtha, Majeeth
Red Root Powder used in Ayurveda for skin infections, used as Tooth Powder & also in Soap manufacturing to give red colour.Rubia cordifolia Linn. (Fam. Rubiaceae); a perennial herbaceous prickly creeper or climber upto 10m long, found throughout the country ascending to 3750 m.
Rubia cordifolia is a plant native to India. Generally this plant is found in North India, on the Himalayan side of India.
This is a climbing perennial herb. The roots are long and the bark is red. The leaves are in two pairs. One pair is larger than the other. The flowers bloom in October to January in terminal panicle cymes.
The roots are natural red dye. The roots are very effective in Purifying blood. The roots are tonic and astringent. The roots and fruits are useful as Ayurvedic herbal medicine.
P.S. These are the true Roots of Manjistha plant, not just the regular that are widely available elsewhere.
Rasa (taste) Bitter, sweet, astringent
Virya (action) Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Pungent
Guna (quality) Heavy, dry
Dosha effect PK-, V+
Dhatu (tissue) Plasma, blood, muscles, bone
Srota (channel) Circulatory, female reproductive, excretory, bone