Latin Name: Rubia Cordifolia
Origin Country: India
Manjistha dates back to the Vedic period as described in the Atreya Aranyaka. It has been used as a coloring agent since time immemorial to dye clothes. However ancient Ayurvedic texts emphasized its role in healthcare.
Manjistha is a perennial climber that is perhaps best known as a lymph mover and blood purifier.
This vine-like plant “spreads” throughout the systems of the body, acting most powerfully on the arterial system, the circulatory system, and the skin.
Its name literally means “bright red” and is a nod to its red roots, which according to Ayurveda is the lymph-moving and cleansing property of the plant.
Because many menstrual problems are a result of congested lymph, manjistha is superb support for the female reproductive system, especially during the child-birthing years.
Because of its effect on for the lymph, manjistha is considered one of the best herbs for skin. It is a celebrated overall rejuvenative for the complexion.