5 Amazing Health Benefits, Uses of Oak Gall | Manjakani

Oak gall called masikai in Tamil and manjakani in Malaysia is a very popular herb. Especially in Tamil Nadu, you will find oak galls in all the homes that have new born babies. It is called “Mazhupal” in Hindi. It’s botanical name is quercus infectoria. It cures all the infections in the mouth and I can confidently say oak gall is the best for treating any infection in the mouth.

In Malaysia, manjakani is especially known for it’s use in tightening vaginal muscles. Usually women face this problem after child birth, especially women who have given normal birth. A simple homemade wash made with manjakani will tighten the vaginal muscles, especially if used along with kegel exercise. Manjakani has astringent properties which makes it so very effective in home remedies.

What Is Oak Gall?

The way manjakani is formed is very interesting. Manjakani is produced when the leaves of the oak tree are attacked by a certain kind of insect. This causes the leaves to produce round hard balls around the insects, that have small protrusions on the sides called oat gall| manjakani. The insects leave after 5 to 6 months from the nuts. Oat galls are dried and sold all over the world.

Where To Buy Oak Gall?

I buy oak galls from the country drug stores and stock it always. Especially when my son was younger, I have never been without oak gall in the house. Oak gall can be used for both adults and elders. Oak galls are inexpensive and it stores well, especially if sun dried well after purchasing it from the shop.

Manjakani Health Benefits:

1. Manjakanni | Oak Gall for vaginal tightening:

Take a liter of water in a pan and boil it. Pound 2 manjakani in a mortar and pestle and add to the boiling water. Let it boil till the color changes. Switch off, cool and strain and use it as a wash.

Strat using it immediately after the pregnancy along with kegel exercise for best results. Manjakani gel is very famous in Malaysia for tightening vaginal muscles, but this simple homemade wash is also very effective.

2. Manjakani | Oak Gall for mouth ulcers:

Manjakani are excellent for treating ulcers inside the mouth. Manjakani has high astringent properties and it is this quality that heals mouth ulcers very quickly. Some people have small ulcers that are white in color on both sides of their mouth. This oak gall paste is a good remedy for that.

This paste can be safely used for small children too. When you apply this paste, it has a slightly bitter and astringent taste. Try applying this paste for few days continuously, to get relief. To make this paste, soak oak gall in water for some time.

This will make it easier to rub into a paste. Rub the oak gall on a sandalwood stone along with little water till you get a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. You will be surprised, how quickly mouth ulcers heal with this remedy.

3. Manjakani | Oak Gall for babies:

As I have mentioned before manjaknai  is also used for treating babies. I religiously followed this ritual for my son. Weekly once, we use it rub oak gall in a the sandalwood stone along with haritaki, nutmeg and vasambu which is burnt to get a paste and feed it to the babies.

We call it urai marundhu in Tamil, I will do an elaborate post on this very soon. This keeps them from falling sick and keeps the babies healthy. This is a tradition that has been followed in all the homes here for many years.

4. Manjakani | Oak Gall mouth wash:

A mouth wash made with oak gall will treat ulcers in the mouth very effectively. To make the mouth wash, Powder the manjakani in a mortar and pestle. Take around a tsp of the powdered manjakani and boil it along with little water.

Let the water come to lukewarm temperature and then use it as a mouth rinse. This mouth rinse will treat mouth odor, mouth ulcers very effectively. The rest can be stored in the refrigerator and used everyday.

5. Manjakani antiseptic wash:

When manjakani is boiled with water and used to wash wounds and scrapes, it heals them them faster. I feel it is much better than commercial brands like dettol.  But try to wash the wound with this rinse, both morning and night for best results.



  1. jIvItHaMaLaR
    November 26, 2015 / 2:59 am

    kindly translate in tamil…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 11:41 am

      There is a translation button in the side bar, please use that…..

  2. Anonymous
    December 3, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Can manjakani be eaten or had in tea form while nursing……please reply….. Urgent

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 4:51 am

      We rarely eat manjakani on a regular basis but we do consume it as a medicine. We give babies manjakani paste (very tiny bit weekly twice) as it prevents gastritis. I would suggest using it as a medicine and not on a daily basis or you can consult a good siddha physician if you want to use it daily, they will guide you better…

  3. Abbas Esa
    February 21, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Where I can find this fruit in India kindly reply

    • Anonymous
      November 24, 2016 / 10:42 am

      online at ebay

  4. Abilash Vasu
    February 26, 2016 / 5:38 am

    When applying the paste in the places of mouth ulcer , I feel a layer of white tissue tearing and coming off the wound. Is this a problem or normal?Also answer how often I should apply the paste for mouth ulcer in a day

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 5:25 pm

      The peeling part is normal. Try applying the oak gall paste twice in a day for best results…

  5. Anonymous
    May 7, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Where can i find oak gall?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      You can find oakgall in country drug stores…

  6. Kanza
    May 24, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    in indonesia manjakani use to cure cysts ovaries. also use to cure fluor albus. :Dthis herbs have many benefit

  7. Ambrose Boafoh
    May 30, 2016 / 10:57 am

    Please can I find MANJAKANI or OAK GALL in Ghana?? and also what's the common Ghanaian local name for MANJAKANI or OAK GALL??

  8. Ambrose Boafoh
    May 30, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Pls can I find Oak gall in Ghana?? And also what's the common Ghanaian local names for Oak gall??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      I am so very sorry, I don't know what is the Ghananian name for oak gall, I tried to find out the name but couldn't….

  9. Anonymous
    June 1, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Do one apply the paste deep into the vagina when using as a vagina thightner?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      Boil the oak gall in water and use it as a vaginal wash…

  10. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    In Malaysia women consume it to tighten the vagina and it produce good results. can u plz comment about this.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 6, 2016 / 6:30 am

      Oakgall has both tightening and rejuvenating properties. It is one of the best natural remedies that can be used for tightening the vagina without any side effects…

  11. Unknown
    June 28, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Can one restore the water aftr boiling

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 7:54 am

      Yes, after using the oak gall water, if there is some left you can refrigerate and use it later…

  12. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Hi where can I buy manjakani in Johannesburg South Africa

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      Try for manjakani in herb shops in Africa, I am sure you will get there…

  13. Unknown
    August 10, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    How often should we use it to tightner the vaginal

  14. Unknown
    August 10, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    How often should we use it to tightner the vaginal

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      Try it daily for a weak or two along with doing kegel exercise daily for fast results…

  15. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Does oak gal help in hormonal imbalances, I have pcos due to which alot of acne, faical hair and other related problem so should i use to balance my hormones ? Please reply thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 25, 2016 / 4:39 pm

      We mainly use oak gall for external application and in very small amounts internally as a remedy so I am not sure how effective it will be for hormonal problems…

  16. Unknown
    October 27, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Where do we buy oak gall in America?

  17. Unknown
    January 14, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Hi. In Malaysia, a lot of people say that oak gall cannot be consumed by virgins/those who still don't have babies yet as their vaginas (esp. virgins) are still tight and and if virgins consume it, it can cause infertility later on. Do you have any comments on this? Would be glad to hear some from you. 🙂

  18. Abdul Farook
    March 28, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Gall Nut aka Aleppo Gall Nut is widely used in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicines.Intestinal disorders, such as diarrhea and dysentery, intestinal parasites, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids;Bleeding, including functional bleeding, hematochezia (blood in the stool), bleeding hemorrhoids, and topically for bleeding wounds and ulcerations; andExcessive discharge, such as enuresis and frequent urination; leucorrhea; hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and night sweating; involuntary seminal emission.In Siddha, it is used for gastritis, SIBO, IBS, Crohns Disaease etc.

  19. Anonymous
    April 4, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    what is oak gall called in marathi

  20. Khasiat
    April 18, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I never heard about this herb but it sounds amazing.

  21. Anonymous
    July 1, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Hi, where can I buy Manjakani in Canada?

  22. thandi kabeni
    August 5, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Hi where can I buy manjakani in Johannesburg South Africa,there is anyone who once bought it in Johannesburg and where in Johannesburg

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      You can order manjakani through online shops like amazon…

  23. Natalia Mendez
    August 21, 2017 / 2:45 am

    Hi thank you for this wonderful information. I am currently using the pure oak gall wash for my prolapse bladder. Can I take small amounts of the liquid internally everyday? Would it be more effective? Many thanks.

  24. Unknown
    December 24, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Do we find in Bangladesh?

  25. Anitha Anitha
    December 28, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Does it works for large open pores

  26. Jaya
    December 29, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Hi can I consume oak gall capsule daily? How many gram can I consume n for how long? I have white discharge n I'm a teenager. Pls reply. Tq

  27. vasanti
    March 25, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    can you do a post on urai marundu for babies mam? eagerly waiting

  28. Rachel M.
    August 29, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Hi Natalia!! I doubt you will see this but where did you get the wash and did it help your prolapse? I am in the US and struggling with prolapse as well. Desperately trying to find help!

  29. Star Queen
    April 3, 2022 / 12:14 am

    Thank you for the information. Do you use for vaginal tightening as a douche?

  30. jo
    January 7, 2023 / 6:50 pm

    Hi, If you use it as a vaginal wash.
    A) Do you splash it on or put it on with a cloth/sponge?

    B) could you make a paste out of it ? if so with what?

    C) Is this a treatment you have to on a regular basis ? Say once a week etc?

    Thank you

  31. jo
    January 10, 2023 / 5:01 pm

    How long do you use this wash for please reply

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