Our ancestors held a life close to nature, and they know what to do precisely with the things available to them. One such product used from time immemorial to enhance skin health is Kasturi Manjal, also known as wild turmeric. They are part of the beauty regimen of women who pampered flawless skin. It is also an essential additive in Ayurveda while preparing skin-related products as it suits all kind of skin types.
A brief intro
Kasturi manjal (Curcuma aromatica) belongs to the Curcuma family, a distant relative of the turmeric (Curcuma longa) used for culinary purposes. It has a bitter taste with a cream/light brown color and a camphor and strong musk kind of aroma. The scent/aroma itself is intimidating.
Kasturi manjal has the following properties
How can you differentiate Kasturi Manjal from regular turmeric
What you get in the market today, the yellow color powder one is not actual Kasturi manjal but powdered “Curcuma zedoaria” commonly named “Manja koova” in malayalam. It is a fake genotype belonging to the same Curcuma family. You can quickly identify the original one from its fake counterpart by its characteristic smell. Also, the original one is not actually bright yellow when powdered, the one you often see, but is white. It does not stain your skin.
Kasturi manjal is used externally and is combined with milk, milk cream, rose water, chickpea/gram flour, or curd for application. To obtain better results, it is advisable to mix Musk turmeric (Curcuma aromatica) along with water/milk for the following:
To get rid of facial hair
Regular use helps eliminate facial hair.
Help get rid of your dark circles
The regular use helps get rid of those panda eyes. It helps get rid of non-hereditary dark circles to a great extend upon regular use. Kasturi manjal does not leave a tingling sensation and hence can be used safely on under eye area.
Naturally vibrant skin
It acts as a great cleanser. Daily use with other ingredients like rose water, milk, etc helps in deep cleansing the skin resulting in a natural glow.
Acts against acne
The antibacterial property acts effectively on acne-prone skin, keeping acne at bay.
Against dull skin
The regular use of original kasturi manjal as a face pack helps revive dull skin – in short it revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin.
Against marks on skin
Musk turmeric can be used a body ubtain for adults as well as for kids as it does not irritate the skin. It helps fade mosquito bite marks easily.
Other benefits include
- Reducing scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles
- Improving the complexion
- Against insect bites and skin infections
- Safe for use in babies even when used alone.
How to use
Kasturi manjal works best when used alone. Take the required quantity and mix it with water to make a paste. This can be applied as face/body pack. Leave it until dry. Wash off by gently scrubbing the particles and pat dry. It can be used as a face pack, under eye pack, anti-ageing pack, scrub or exfoliator, etc. Apply onto the face or affected part, leave it for around 30 minutes and rinse off. It gives an instant cooling sensation upon application.
Why Shesha Ayurveda Kasturi Manjal
Shesha Ayurveda Kasturi Manjal is made from organic Curcuma aromatica tubers. Utmost care is taken during the harvesting and production of Kasturi manjal. Shesha Ayurveda follows ayurvedic procedures rigorously in the manufacture of all the products. Shesha Ayurveda White Wild Turmeric Powder/Kasturi Turmeric/Musk Turmeric/Curcuma Aromatica is an extremely rare variant of wild turmeric powder handpicked from organic farms of Western Ghats of Kerala, shade-dried and finely milled to perfection. The fine powder can be used as such or in combination. You can see everlasting effects with continuous usage.
Unique features to identify real kasturi manjal / Curcuma aromatica
- It has a cream/light brown color and it gives an instant cooling sensation from the very first use
- It’s scientific name is Curcuma aromatica
- It’s NOT THE SAME AS poolankilangu / mango turmeric or white turmeric or amba haldi or curcuma zedoaria
- It has a faint camphor smell and strong musk aroma to it.
- It causes no burning sensation and gives a cooling effect to skin.
- It doesn’t leave any stain unlike the yellow variant and has a natural musk and camphor smell to it.