The plant has a dark red root of blackish appearance externally, but blue-red inside, with a whitish core.
The root produces a fine red colouring material.
It is a dye in the Mediterranean region since antiquity.
Alkanet root, better as Ratan jot / Ratan Joth, is traditionally is to add color to Indian food.
It is the original natural food coloring that gives the famous Kashmiri dish rogan josh its signature red color.
Sadly, these days, artificial food colors have replaced ratan jot in tandoori chicken and then the traditional Kashmiri rogan josh has been butchered with the use of tomatoes.
Vembalampattai Benefits -
NATURAL COLORING AGENT TO FOOD (LIKE ROGAN JOSH)- Alkanna Tinctoriaor Vembalam patta gives the signature red color to the famous Kashmiri dish Rogan Josh (or) Moton Rogan jo.
Gives nice red color when added to the gravy and then a subtle smoky aroma too.
For cooking purposes, heat it up in a little oil, ghee or butter, then strain it with a metal strainer, before using.
Discard the used ratan jot. Now you can add the red oil/fat to whatever dish you want to.
REDUCE HAIR FALL & INCREASE HAIR GROWTH - Damini Balchadhas anti-microbial properties and also it is to treat all scalp problems including headache, dandruff, and skin infections.
Use it with coconut oil, amla, and then curry patta to make hair oil, and use it for 2 weeks to reduce your hair fall.
REDUCE SKIN BURN MARKS & WOUND HEALING - Ratanjotis used for treating cuts, scars, boils, swellings, and even serious wounds present externally.
It works wow and also does wonder on burning marks.
Mix with any oil like coconut or bajaj almond and then apply on burn marks or scars. Italso lowers the itching.
SUPPORTS SKIN & FACE HEALTH and DETOXIFICATION- Alkanet Rootis rich in antioxidants and has anti-aging properties to prevent free radical damage by applying it to our skin and hair.
Masks and pastes from Ratanjot's roots are applied directly on the skin to heal wounds, treat varicose veins, bedsores, itching rashes, and abscesses.
Additionally, it is used in face masks and facial cleansing products.
How to use: For cooking purposes, heat it up in a little oil, ghee or butter, then strain it with a metal strainer, before using.
Health Benefits of Vembalam Pattai / Alkanet Root (Raw)
- Contains antioxidants and has anti-aging properties, it used to prevent free radical damage.
- Very effective in preventing premature aging of the skin.
- Alkanet Root is the best medicine for wound. It is a wound healer and it is for treating wounds.
- It contains alkanes, it used to cure damages.
- Vembalam pattai used to treat all the skin and scalp related problems including headache, dandruff and skin infections.
Side Effects :
♦ There are no side effects in using this product. Take medical advice for its use during pregnancy.
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Apart from the above mentioned uses there are many other uses and benefits of vembalampattai which can be felt while using.
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