Ratanjot (Red) / Alkanet Root Powder – Onosma echioides

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Ratanjot (Red)  – Alkanet Root Powder –

Parts Used  : Alkanet Root

Latin name : Onosma echioides Linn.

Origin : Himalayan Region of Kashmir (India)

Widely used in an Indian Lamb Curry called “Rogan Josh”to colour the dish

Other Names :  Shanjar, Khas al-himaar,  Ratanjot, Alkanet, Dyer’s Bugloss, Spanish Bugloss, Buglosse azurée, Natternkopf-Lotwurz, Ratanjot, Laljari, Yatilung, Yarilung, Shankaru, Laljari, Koame, Maharanga, Ratanjot, Maharanga, Dhamani, Ratanjot

Description: The root is considered to be anthelmintic, antipyretic, antiseptic and constipative and is usually used externally for colour and hair loss. Also useful as an application in wounds and bruises.


Contraindication: This herb has no known warnings or contraindications when used externally.

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