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Wild Turmeric – Kasthuri Manjal – An aromatic medicinal cosmetic

Kasthuri Manjal -Wild Turmeric – Bright yellow colour and a sweet natural odour

Kasthuri manjal wild turmeric plants

Names –  Wild Turmeric (Curcuma aromatica) Kasthuri Manjal  കസ്തൂരി മഞ്ഞൾ / കാട്ടുമഞ്ഞൾ kasthoori manjal, dantmanjal belonging to the family Zingiberaceae.  There are five distinct types identified in the turmeric family ..  Wild Turmeric,curry manjal (generally known as Manjal) ,kaari manjal,kuda manjal,mara manjal.  All are medicinally important .  wild turmeric or Kasthuri manjal used only for cosmetic and medicinal preparation.

Wild Turmeric (Kasthuri Manjal) – Promising drug for therapeutic purpose

wild turmeric kasthuri manjal cosmetic uses




The plant is distributed wild throughout India and mainly cultivated in Kerala and West Bengal. It has been in traditional use as an aromatic medicinal cosmetic and is also a promising drug for therapeutic purpose.It is used in indigenous medicine for external applications on skin diseases, sprain, bruise, in snake poison and also to enhance complexion. For the last few decades, research works have been done to establish the pharmacological potential of wild Turmeric and its extracts. Some of them include anti-inflammatory, wound healing, anti-melanogenic, antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, anti-repellent, antitussive, anti-platelet activity and anti nephrotoxic activity.

Folk Value – Traditional values and Medicinal benefits of wild turmeric

Wild Turmeric is already known in India as a tonic, carminative, as an antidote to snake bites and astringent. It is used for bruises, corn, sprains and is a well-known for enhancing complexion. Wild Turmeric (Curcuma aromatica Salisb.) is used in cosmetic formulations and traditional medicinal applications as an anti-inflammatory agent, to promote blood circulation, to enhance complexion, to remove blood stasis and also for the treatment of cancer.

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Kasthuri Manjal (wild turmeric) – Beauty benefits – Home remedies

Skin Tone Lightening  : Kasthuri Manjal is considered to be very effective for lightening the skin and providing a glow to you skin

Skin lightening pack to get gorgeous skin– Mixing together wild turmeric and milk. Apply it on your face and wash it off once it dries up to get gorgeous skin

Kasthuri Manjal provides glow to your skin – Prepare a face Pack by mixing together

  • Wild turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Gram Flour – 2 tsp
  • Raw Milk – 1 tsp

Apply this paste on your face and wash it off after 15 minutes to get beautiful and radiant face

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Kasthuri Manjal Facial Scrub

Helps in exfoliating the skin

Wild turmeric is helpful in exfoliating the skin and in removing dead skin cells.

Facial Scrub – Mixing together turmeric powder and yogurt and rub it on your face to get glowing skin

Unwanted facial hair – Hair removal process in beauty parlours can be expensive ..

You can easily get rid of unwanted facial hair in the comfort of your home itself. Just rub some turmeric on a stone and then apply the extract on your face

For removing Acne and scars
Prepare  a pack by mixing together wild turmeric and holy basil leaves. Apply this on your face and wash when dry.

Treating wrinkles and preventing ageing

Mixing together kasthuri manjal and sugarcane juice.  Apply it on your face to get rid of wrinkles

Mixing together wild turmeric powder and buttermilk. Apply it on your face to prevent your skin from ageing and helps in making your face look young

Wild turmeric cures pimples and dark spots

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It  is highly useful in curing pimples and dark spots. Prepare a mixture of equal quantities of wild turmeric powder,red sandal  wood powder,green gram powder in milk. Apply on your face and wash after 30 minutes to cure pimples and dark spots

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Kasthri Manjal Bath Powder 

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Prepare bath powder by blending together turmeric,wild turmeric,green gram powder and rose water.  This bath powder has got a fragrance and is helpful in keeping skin diseases at bay

It can be concluded that Curcuma aromatica is a medicinal plant with a wide range of biological activities which can be used for the preparation of various formulations for the treatment of inflammation, wound and microbial infections alone or associated with conditions like diabetes, tumor and cancerous growth. The oil and extract of Curcuma aromatica also serve as an important bioresource of antioxidants for using in the food industries. Moreover, it is a promising herb in the cosmetic industry with years of traditional practice updated with anti- melanogenic,anti-oxidative and free radical scavenging profile added with anti-inflammatory and anti -tumor activity.

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