Kasthuri manual, also known as wild turmeric is a spice used in South Asia on quite a large scale.
It is well known for its cosmetic and medical wellness. Kasthuri Manjal has been used as a natural beauty product since ages.
In this article, the varying benefits of Kasthuri Manjal are discussed in detail.
What Is Kasthuri Manjal?
It is a member of the genus Curcuma and thus has the botanical name Curcuma aromatic.1
This is a wild ginger which has rhizomes with a distinct aroma and color. Apart from its cosmetic or medical applications, kasthuri manjal can also be used as a culinary agent to add color and flavor to dishes.
Properties Of Kasthuri Manjal
Benefits Of Kasthuri Manjal
Kasthuri manjal has properties that your skin needs. The list given below will tell you about the varying health benefits of Kasthuri Manjal.
Wild turmeric or Kasthuri Manjal is an incredible anti-inflammatory agent which can take care of any inflammation of the skin. Skin inflammation generally occurs by disturbances in nature like pollution, the harmful rays of the sun, dust, allergies due to dirt and heat, etc.
The anti-inflammatory agents of this spice help in cutting out the inflammation by deeply reacting with the impurities that have affected the skin.2
Skin is extremely delicate part of the body. With pollutants and unhealthy lifestyle lot of free radical development in the skin which in turn cause many skin issues.
Kasthuri Manjal is known to be an amazing anti-oxidant. Antioxidants take care of the skin by preventing the excess production of free radicals.3 These radical if not removed can damage the skin cells, cause rapid skin-aging, and loosen up the tightened and toned skin.
Anti-neoplastic is an agent which will prevent the growth of malignant cells in your body and your skin.4
Kasthuri Manjal is known to be a prodigious anti-neoplastic agent, i.e. it prevents the formation of skin cancer-causing cells. Thus, wild turmeric helps your skin against the deadly skin cancer
Bacteria’s residing in the skin can give you acne, pimples, boils, infections, and unhealthy skin.
The antibacterial trait of Kasthuri Manjal is amazing. Studies suggest it can fight against the bacteria developing on the skin and can eradicate it completely.
Kasthuri Manjal holds powerful skin healing properties. It can help your skin to heal the regular cuts, wounds or bruises. It is known as an excellent and the fastest wound healing herb.
Furthermore, it also helps your blood to boost the immunity against any foreign element. Removal of all the waste and foreign antigens from the body gives a vibrant and glowing skin.
Benefits Of Kasthuri Manjal
Beauty Benefits Of Kasthuri Manjal
A. Kasthuri Manjal For Skin Whitening
Apart from the daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, you need to do a lot more to achieve that flawless, glowing skin.
The atmospheric conditions play a major role in hampering your skin.5 With exposure to air pollutants, makeup products, and the sun eventually the skin loses the luster and health automatically.
Kasthuri Manjal is a herb that has the property to bring back the glow on your skin and cure commonly occurring skin issues.
Down below is a list of skin issues that Kasthuri Manjal can cure:
1.Against Acne And Pimples
Kasthuri Manjal possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties which are proven to fight against pimple-causing bacteria. The wild turmeric can help in cleaning your pores by extracting all the impurities that your skin pores can involuntarily store.
If your pores are clean then you will have a smooth pimple free skin.6 Moreover, the anti-inflammatory characteristics take care of the already present pimple and acne on your skin.
It reduces the redness, inflammation in and around the acne and also kills the acne-causing bacteria to prevent its reoccurrence.
2.Against Spots And Marks
Pimples and acne can leave back stubborn marks and spots on your skin that can take ages to fade away.
Kasthuri Manjal is proven to treat such marks and lighten them. Regular application of this herb can help your skin eliminate those marks very soon.
3.Against Sun Damage And Wrinkles
This wild turmeric has also been a great help in the field of skin aging. The antioxidant properties of the spice contribute to preserving your skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun and help your skin in rejuvenating.7
This, in turn, gives you a younger looking skin and helps you against wrinkles.
4. Fairer Skin Tone
Kasthuri Manjal is as an excellent skin tone lightening agent. This is why Indian brides follow a turmeric treatment regimen before marriage.
Kasthuri Manjal is known to fight against the dead cells of your face and clean your skin pores from deep within. This, in turn, helps your skin to breathe and gives you that healthy fairer glow.
5. Against Oily Skin
Kasthuri Manjal is also known to control the oil balance of your skin. It works by regulating the secretion of sebum on your face and at the same time providing the required moisture to your face.
Regular application of this herb can help you fight oily skin issues well.
B. Kasthuri Manjal For Removal Of Hair
Artificial hair removal can cause skin darkening, pain, and irritation due to frequent visits to the parlour.
For centuries, Indian women have been using Kasturi Manjal for removing all that unwanted body and facial hair. It can not only totally remove the unwanted hair but can also prevent further re-growth.
Methods Of Usage
Before you start using Kasthuri Manjal for hair removal, you should remember a major aspect that this is a natural hair removal therapy, and it will need to take time to get the perfect result.
Add some Kasturi Manjal Powder with cold raw milk and make a thick paste. You may also refrigerate the mix overnight provided that the amount of the milk added is more so that the paste doesn’t cake. Apply the paste to the affected areas in the direction of the hair growth.
- Let it dry for about 15 odd minutes and slowly scrub it off using mild round movements with your fingertips. You will have to use some water to soften the pack as it will become really dry by then. Alternatively, you can use a wet towel for removing the dried up paste from your skin.9
- Alternatively, you may also use some unsweetened yogurt for making a thick paste along with the turmeric powder. The acid in the yogurt can be beneficial for your skin. Yogurt can moisturize your skin along with lightening your skin.
- Alternatively, you may take some lemon juice and almond/olive/lavender oil and add them with a spoonful of Kasthuri Manjal Powder to form a similar thick paste. The lemon juice will lighten any spots from your skin, and the oil will bring a mild overwhelming aroma along with moisturizing your skin. Next, follow the same procedure of removal as explained above.
Let the turmeric stay for some time and rinse it using round movements.
If used on a regular basis, Kasthuri Manjal can give you a pure hairless skin along with a supple, spot-free and radiant skin. A daily use of at least a month will fetch a difference.
C. Kasthuri Manjal And Honey
Honey is another great herb with skin enhancing qualities. It is antibacterial in nature, which makes it a powerful agent to fight against acne and pimples.
Apart from moisturizing your skin, honey also can help your skin against the harmful rays of the sun. It also works to removes the dead cells from the skin as it acts as a mild exfoliator, thus, gives a radiant and smooth skin.
Long-term use of honey and kasthuri manjal can fight ugly scars too.
For application combine both the ingredients in equal quantity make a smooth paste out of it. Apply the paste all over your face at least three times a week for good results.
D. Kasthuri Manjal As Face Pack
Following is a list of face packs that you can make with Kasturi manjal.
1. With Yogurt And Besan
Add some Kasthuri Manjal powder with equal amount of besan (gram flour). Besan is known for its cosmetic wellness. It helps in maintaining the accurate oil balance of your skin, takes care of sun tanned skin, give fairer, acne free and blemish free skin and fights dark spots and marks.
The combined effect of Kasthuri Manjal and Besan can do wonders for your skin. The yogurt moistens your skin and brings out the natural glow of your skin. It also helps in keeping your skin radiant and fights dullness.
The duo is a remarkable face pack. Apply this face pack twice a week for a lighter tone skin.
2. With Lemon And Honey
Lemon consists of Vit. C. This helps in fighting dark spots and also helps to prevent their reoccurrence. Honey as already discussed is a marvel of nature.
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of Kasthuri Manjal together. Carry this out once a week to get the beauiful skin.
3. With Milk/Malai And Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s earth and besan have the same traits. Milk/malai can give you the appropriate nourishment that your skin needs. It soothes your skin from deep within and moisturizes every pore.
Cold raw milk when mixed with fuller’s earth and Kasthuri Manjal leaves back a cooling sensation and a super soft skin.
Take 2 tablespoons of milk, 1/2 tablespoon of fuller’s earth, and 1 tablespoon of kasthuri manjal. Mix together and form a paste. Do this once a day till you get the desired results.
4. With Masoor Dal And Rose Water
Masoor dal or pink lentil is a brilliant bleaching agent. It is mild in nature, and you can use it on every part of your skin.
Powder the lentil and mix it with 1 tablespoon Kasthuri Manjal Powder and apply it on your skin to get that perfect evening look. Do it when required.
5. With Tomato Pulp And Almond/Coconut Oil
Tomato is also a very well known bleaching agent. It is mild and effective and can also help you get rid of that suntanned skin. Almond/coconut oil moisturizes your skin and leaves behind that lingering mesmerizing aroma.
Take 2 tablespoons of tomato pulp, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of kasthuri manjal. Mix and form a paste.
Apply this paste once a week for the fairer looking skin.
E. Kasthuri Manjal For Babies
Babies have perfect skin. But some babies may be born with a dark body and facial hair.
They also may lack the richness and shine which can be added along with dull skin tones and darker complexion. Their skin is so tender that no chemicals are supposed to be applied on their skin.
This is a major problem as the baby skin will readily react with the harmful agents and may lead to many fatal reactions. On the contrary, Kasthuri Manjal is extremely safe for baby’s skin.
Not only in adults, but Kasthuri Manjal can also be used in small babies for hair removal practices without harming their skin at all.
Rub their delicate baby’s skin with the diluted paste of milk and Kasthuri Manjal to get rid of that unwanted body hair and to get lighter skin. Regular practices have proven that babies are left with a smooth and hairless body.
To add on to it, Kasthuri Manjal baths are also very much beneficial for babies as it possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and thus help the baby to prevent any skin related issues like allergies or redness.
Kasthuri Manjal Powder can be purchased from any Ayurvedic drugstore. Do remember not to confuse between the kitchen turmeric and kasthuri manjal.
Do a patch test on your skin before trying this incredible herb as it is not necessary that it may suit every skin type.
Kasthuri Manjal is an amazing herb. It has the powerful skin brightening properties.
Its regular usage can give tremendous skin benefits and also protect from the commonly occuring skin issues.
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