Ratanjot (Hindi name) was used to add natural deep red color in North Indian dishes for years. Sadly, it is replaced by synthetic red colors now. We call it “Vembalampattai” in Tamil. It is called “Alkanet” in English. The roots of Alkanets are used as a natural red dye and it is grown widely in Europe for it. The alkanet root is also used in the treatment of various diseases like wounds, bites, pain relief, fevers and stings. It is easily available every where.
We make a wonderful hair oil with ratanjot/alkanet root. This hair oil is very good in conditioning the hair and helps to prevent premature greying (ila narai in Tamil), if used regularly. I always try to find the scientific and English names of the ingredients before posting, so the readers will find it easy to find the ingredients. I was breaking my head, to find the Hindi and English names of vembalampattai for almost a month.
I even thought of skipping this post, but this oil is too good to be skipped. Finally, I found the names last week and here I am with the post. This oil should be only be made, during the hot summer months. To make this oil, powder the dried alkanet root into small pieces. Just crush them with your fingers, alkanet root crumbles very easily.
Don’t crush it very fine, else you will find it hard to strain the oil. Pour coconut oil on top of the crumbled alkanet root and keep it under the hot sun. The color of the oil will change to red. Once the color changes to deep red, strain the oil and store it in glass bottles. This oil should be used regularly for best results. People who are suffering from premature greying will greatly benefit from this oil.
Ratanjot Hair Oil Recipe / Alkanet Root Hair Oil
1. This is ratanjot/alkanet root and it is dark reddish in color. The alkanet root you see in the main picture on top was taken after the alkanet root was broken into pieces.
2. Crumble the dried alkanet root into small pieces using your hands. This crumbles very easily.
3. Pour coconut oil on top of the crumbled alkanet.
4. Keep it under the hot sun, till the color of the oil changes to dark red color. One day in the hot sun is enough. Let it cool, strain and use.
- Try to make this oil, only during the hot summer months.
- Apply this oil regularly, for best results.
- Try to use virgin coconut oil, to make this oil.
- Keep it in the sun, till the color changes to dark beet red.
Thank you for your this post, I live in England and like to make natural products. Alkanet is used to colour soaps over here, from a pink to a deep purple colour.
When ever we use we have to keep in hot sun or once kept we can use same regularly.
Hey…where can we buy these? In Bangalore or Mysore? Or is it available online?
Ramya I got mine for Bulgaria, simply because I do know that the root can be faked. Have a look on EBay. UK there you will find it.
I have seen a woman using this root together with fresh Amla and curry leafs , but she did not tell how much coconut oil and how much she had used of the Ratanjot. Can anybody give me a idea how much I should use?
hair growth oil for long shiny hairAre you guys suffering from hair loss, hair fall, hair balding, graying hair.This is my Grandma recipe of DIY hair oil to controls hair fall reduces dandruff, promotes faster hair growth and reduces premature graying of hair.This helps to penetrates to the root of the hair follicles, improves blood circulation, delivers maximum nutrients and nourishment to the hair follicle thus promoting healthy, stronger, black and shiny hair.Use his oil before washing your hair wash from 1 hour to whole night depending upon your preference will stops thinning of hair, helps regrow hair on bald areas and makes the hair grow faster naturally, and reduce gray hair.Ingredients :-So i made this oil for 3 months and i have really long hair, so ingredients will be accordingly. 1.1000Ml Coconut oil2.Two Hand full Curry leaves3.30 Grams of Ratanjot4.250 grams of Amla5. 1 Table spoon of Fenugreek seeds6. 50 ML Mustard oil heat in low heat for an hour . let it cool and filter. use to massage hair before hair wash
Thank you for sharing the hair oil recipe…
Hi Ramya. ..Thanks for the details and procedure to make this wonder oil. ..wanted to know if we have to use fresh amla and how.Regards
Do have a look at you tube (recipe with Dr shalini). Alkanet,amla,kalonji…….etc, all mixed together. Hair oil + tonic.
Hi Ramya, It is available online, try mountain rose herbs……
Ramya it's available in any shops that specialises in herbs
Lovely blog. So informative. As an American with light brown hair, will this oil color my hair, since alkanet is used as a dye and such a deep red color? I'd like the benefits of using the oil, just not a hair color change!
Hi, I use this oil to strengthen & condition my hair. I have black hair and when I use this oil on my hair, I do not see any color change. Since you have a light brown hair, it might stain, but try a patch test……………
I have highlighted blonde hair.will it affect my blonde hair or not?scared to use it.plz reply soon.want to use it
Hi, I think the best way to find out is by doing a small patch test on your hair….
hi..thank u for ur tip.. but m really confused wid d name.. wat s d tamil name for ratanjot..? plz help me
Ratanjot is called vembala pattai in Tamil
Hi Ramya.Can the coconut oil be replaced by sesame oil?
Hi Sonya, We don't use sesame oil as a daily hair application oil, we use it only for our oil bath. It also has a very strong smell, so I would suggest trying with coconut oil.
Hi ramya di .. its benificial for hair fall n white hair ??
This oil is mainly used to treat premature greying and it will also strengthen the roots, if applied regularly….
Is ths oil useful to prevent hairfall
Hi Avi, Regular use of this oil will prevent hair fall too…
Hey any idea where i ll get locally in chennai.. And thanks, had been searching for its tamil name for a while
I googled the Tamil name for Ratanjot to be kaattaamanakku, however someone's earlier replies says it's vemabala pattai. I don't know which one's right. Can anyone help me?
Hi, Try in nattu marundu kadai …….
Awesome hair oil.I was searching for the tamil name for Alkanet and I couldn't find it anywhere but here. Really appreciate you spending a lot of time to find the name. Cheers
Is dis oil controls dandruff…please reply ramaya mam.
Yes, Regular application of this ratanjot hair oil will treat dandruff too..
Hello mam plz tell me the proportion of alkanet and coconut oil while making this oil
Hi Jyot,As mentioned in the post, use around a tbsp of crumbled alkanet for a cup of coconut oil…..
Hi mam,Kya ratanjoyt ko curry leaf hair oil me mix kr ke use kar sakte h.Agr hum aisa karte h to iske koi side effect to ni honge
Can you please translate what you have written in English, I don't understand Hindi…
Mam she said "can we mix ratanjot with curry leaves oil"Because both are very beneficial for hair so thats why…please tell me there is any side effect else its also a good mix and i also want to mix some portion of castor oil in it too so reply soon mam
Thank you for translating :). Yes, you can, but each one of us are different and react to hair oils differently. I would suggest making a small batch and seeing whether it agrees with you for about a week or two. If it agrees with you then make a large batch…
Hi ramyaa some1 told me to use alkannet on my face to remove scars ..and for natural glowing skin…is it good to use on face ??
I have used alkanet only for making the hair oil, I am sorry, I don't know about using it on the face….
And can I make it in winters???
I would suggest making it in summer as the coconut oil might solidify……
Hi Ramya DearRatanjot oil would b prooved helpfull for hair strengthn??N can I use Mastrd oil for making Ratanjot oil making??
Hi, Ratanjot hair oil strengthens the hair roots too. If you are used to mustard oil for oiling the hair, try with mustard oil…..
Hi di… I have long hairs and m having hair fall/premature greying .will this oil help and where in Mumbai I can find this ratanjot.
This oil is very good for strengthening and premature greying. Try in herbal medical shops in Mumbai and if you don't find it try ratanjot online…….
where can I get Alkanet root in mumbai?
Try alkanet root in herbal stores in Mumbai. Here in Tamil Nadu we get it in country herbal stores……
Alkanet root is available online on ebay.in also calles ratanjot in hindi.
Alkanet root is available online on ebay.in also calles ratanjot in hindi.
Dear Ramya,I am interested to make Ratanjot hair oil.Please let me know from where I can get odorless Coconut oil? Secondly I want the fragrance similar to JABAKUSUM Hair oil of Kolkata,which is based on Ratanjot.Kindly help me.
Dear Mala, coconut oil will becomes odorless only when it is refined but then it loses all it's nutrients. I have not used the oil that you mentioned but the best thing is to make the ratanjot oil with pure virgin coconut oil and then add the fragrance that compliments it because I feel the effect of the oil on the hair is more important than the fragrance. I would also suggest adding essential oils to the oil than artificial fragrances……
Hi ramya im suffring from premature greying can u say surely that this oil will treat premature greying as u have appliedthis oil on your balck hairs
Hi, this oil does prevent premature greying. Since I don't have the problem, I don't know the correct time it takes for the oil to cure the problem. If you want a remedy that I have personal experience in reversing premature greying, then try curry leaf hair oil. I have seen my neighbor reverse her premature greying using the curry leaf oil within a year. The recipe can be found in the blog…
Thank u for your reply, actually i have used this oil during my college days and i had a lot of benefit within 8-9 months. but at that time i had black hairs,
Hai ramya can you please tell where it is available in chennai…
Ratanjot can be usually got from any country drug stores (naatu marunthu kadai) in Chennai….
It is available in Bombay General Stores, T. Nagar
Hi RamyaPlease let me know where I will get rotonjot in Bangalore.what is the local name.
I am really sorry, I just know only the Tamil and English name for Ratanjot. Here in Tamil Nadu we get it in country medical stores where you get all the dried herbs, please try there…
Can you please tell the recipe of making curry leaf oil ?? thanks
Hi Asim, I have already posted curry leaf oil method in the blog, please look it up…..
Hi Ramya…Thnx for sharing this.. Also I saw ur post in you tube which was posted 2 weeks ago(Castor oil for hair growth)… I read that alkanet root is red dye agent.. I am afraid, whether it changes black hair to red hair ? ALso i live in US, here i get only alkanet powder… can it be used?
I have black hair and did not see any color change at all after using the oil. Try a patch test and see how it works on your hair. You can use alkanet powder too….
I am having premature greying of hair and have lots of white hair….can the colour of my hair can b reversed by use of this oil…into black,red or whatever colour? Please reply soon
Alkanet root is very good for treating premature greying and along with premature greying it will prevent hair loss too, try it regularly to see results…
Hi, I just wana ask, will it work on already dyed hair? I am dying my hair dark brown for the premature greying, and i am afraid if this concoction can ruin the color of my hair?
Hi San,since I have black hair, I don't notice any color change, but I would suggest doing a small patch test before using it….
Hi Ramya di :)Im from delhiCollg going girlEarlier i had really good texture when i was young.. But due to study stress and and tension i started loosing strands of hairI can see lot of breakage ..😐This really makes me heartbrokenIve heard about this oil before.. And surely gonna try thisWould u suggest any more of ur recipies? That would be so needful 😁Thanku so much
Hi,can ratanjot b used for hair length
Ratanjot oil treats scalp infections and keeps the scalp healthy so it will help in hair growth….
Hi, Stress is the major cause for hair fall, I would suggest weekly twice oil bath (Tuesdays and Fridays) to help you relax. Also try hair pack weekly once, if you don't mind using egg on your hair, try the egg and olive oil hair mask from the blog. Also try eating home cooked traditional food and drink plenty of water, you will find your hair back to normal very soon…:)
Hi I tried the Castor oil hair growth with alkanet root I actually made this oil at home It was a lot of work N the oil turned out to be real good I only wanted to ask Can I apply this oil overnight ??Will it dye my hair ?? I have natural light brown hair .DO REPLY
This oil does not cause any color change in my hair (black hair) and I think it won't cause any color change in your hair too. You can leave the oil overnight and wash it the next day…
Hello,I first thank for you sharing the information to all of us!I'm 28 yr old and having white hair since I was 13 or 14. Will Alkanet root hair oi or Curry leaf coconut oil treatment works for me, as I had white hair since many years? If so, what is the process that I should follow to apply the oil? Also, tell me for how much milli litre(ml) of oil I should keep the curry leaves.Please suggest me.Thanks,Vishnu
Hi, I have seen my neighbor reverse her premature greying using curry leaf oil but her premature greying was in early stages. But I would suggest using either one of these oils even if you had white hair for a long time as they are the best natural treatments I know for premature greying. They not only prevent premature greying but condition and strengthen the hair roots as well. For 250 ml of pure coconut oil try using 5 sprigs of curry leaves, the curry leaves should be fully immersed in the oil…..
Thanks Ramya! Can you also please tell, what is the process that I should follow in applying? Do I need to apply every night and do head bath every morning? What is the natural shampoo or conditioner that you could suggest me during head bath?Thanks,Vishnu
Hi Vishnu, I would suggest applying the oil the previous day after work and have hair wash the next day morning. Try using pure arappu powder for head bath or homemade shikakai shampoo…
Thanks Ramya again!
Hi Ramya,Can you tell me which is the best coconut oil that I need to purchase? I can't make home made oil. So please suggest me accordingly.Thanks,Vishnu
Hi Vishnu, I would suggest you look out for unrefined coconut oil, here in our place small coconut farm owners make and sell their oil without refining, that is the type oil to buy. You can try virgin coconut oil too, but it is quite expensive…
Hi Ramya,Can I apply Henna to my white hair and continue using Coconut curry leaf hair oil?Thanks,Vishnu
You can use curry leaf oil while using henna, it won't cause any problems…
hi can i store this Ratanjot oil for some months in glass bottle
Yes, you can store this ratanjot oil in a glass bottle for a few months…
My eyebrows are very thin can i apply it on eyebrows for their growth?
Try this remedy for eyebrow growth: https://www.wildturmeric.net/2013/11/castor-oil-treatment-for-thick-eyebrows.html
In how mch time will it grow,i have never shaped my brows.but it is too light n lesser.
And if we apply this oil,will this ratanjot oil will also increase eyebrows?
Usually castor oil does increase the thickness of eyebrows but requires regular consistent use for a few months to see results. I have never tried ratanjot oil on my eyebrows so I don't know how effective it is for eyebrow growth..
Hi Ramya , my hairs are thin but i am not bald . but yes , my hairs quantity is not that much so i would like to have more hairs , will it help me ??
Yes, gentle massage with any pure homemade hair oil will help and along with it try applying hair masks regularly before hair wash (choose anyone of the hair mask recipes from the blog). If done regularly it will strengthen the hair roots and prevent further shedding….
Hey Ramya – great list of good hair oils! In this process of heating the oil under the sun, do you keep the oil covered and in a glass jar under the sun? will a thin cotton cloth serve to keep the oil free from dust and also allow for the oil to get heated?
I always sun dry all my ingredients covered in a very thin mesh. Since I prefer to do my sun drying only during hot summer months there has never been any problem with ingredients heating up…
Mam…im 24 yrs old…still student n young..but I'm suffering from dis hair loss prblm daily. I hv tried many tips plus tricks. Many tharapy. Some says…"aa jayenge baal"…some says "ruk jayega tootna"….plz I want to knw using dis oil.. Will I get my lost hairs…n do I get good growth? Coz due to hair loss in losing many things….im worried too….plz do reply mam….. I can do anything to gain my hairs back….i dnt knw whthr it water problem or food prblm…but I'm loosing my hairs…..help me… Reply me here on firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi ,can I use amla ,curry leaf along with ratanjyoth oil?
I have always made the ratanjot oil like mentioned above using sunlight but if you want to add amla and curry leaves you have to heat the oil so I would suggest you make amla and curry leaves oil separately (recipes in the blog)…
Hi, Can we make Curry leaves & hibiscus oil first, cool it down & then add ratanjyot & keep in sun ? will this work ?
Yes you can do that, I am sure it will work well too, give it a try…
Thank you Ramya 🙂
what is tamil name for alkanet….? i am going to buy in naattu marundhu kadai….
Alkanet is called vembalam pattai in Tamil….
Hi mam, Black papper can be used in curry leaves hair oil..actually somebody told me
I am sorry, I haven't heard of using black pepper in curry leaf oil. But we do use black pepper in the oil for having oil bath, you can read here: https://www.wildturmeric.net/2013/02/indian-head-massage.html
Hello mam,can I add ratanjot to coconut oil and heat the oil to add colour because oil could not be melt only by keeping outside in this foggy weather. Is this safe to heat the oil and add ratanjot to it?
Though I prefer to heat the oil by sun direct method, you can heat the oil in direct flame too..
Hello Ramya,I am facing multiple problems for my hair. I am 25 years old and my hair are getting reduced from the front right and left sides above the forehead. My hair quality is dry, weak and thin. I have read all your hair masks, oils and now i have some questions. You are advising to have oil massage regularly and after oil massage i need to shampoo my hair as u said. But if i use shampoo regularly it makes my hair more thin,weak and dry. I am planning to oil massage my hair regularly and do the hair mask think once in a week or should i use hair mask also regularly? And then i need to shampoo regularly to wash oil off. And which oil is good to cure hairfall problem and for good density of hair, olive oil or coconut oil? And if i dont use shampoo for 4-5 days, i get dandruff in my hair. So if i oil massage my hair regularly for strong roots and density of hair, i need to shampoo also regularly which will make my hair dry rough and weak. So please have a look at all my hair problems and suggest me the best treatment. I get only 2-3 hours on weekdays and i am free on weekends.
Hi ramya,Thank you so much for sharing your valueable remedies with us. I am facing multiple hair problems. I have thin, weak and dry hair. If i oil my hair regularly then i need to shampoo my hair regularly after oiling. And regularly use of shampoo makes my hair dry rough and thin. Please suggest how to take care of my hair. I am planning to use your hair mask and oil massage. Olive oil or coconut oil in winters? Which is good? And also do i need to put towel soaked with hot water on my hair after oiling?Waiting for your response. Thank you.
Hi, I would suggest oil bath weekly twice, it will greatly improve the condition of the hair, reduce stress and prevent dryness (you can read about traditional oil bath in the blog). I would suggest unrefined coconut oil for daily application oil and for oil bath unrefined sesame oil. You can use towel soaked in hot water after oiling too. I would also suggest using regular usage of hair mask, these tips will greatly improve the condition of your hair if done regularly….
Hello mamI m from himachal…i have very thin and short hair upto shoulder. My hair doesnt grow. I always feel humiliating when i see other girls' long and thick hair. Please suggest me .what shoud i do?
Please don't worry, first I would suggest checking for nutrient deficiencies like anemia, vitamin D or zinc, etc. If you do have please take supplement after consulting a doctor. Hair loss can also be due to stress or scalp infections like dandruff or even due to stress. If you find out the cause it will be very easy for you to treat the problem very effectively….
MAM CAN WE USE RATANJOT IN MUSTERED OIL BOZ I AM USING MUSTERED OIL. PLZ SUGGEST ME
If you are used to oiling your hair with mustard oil, you can make the ratanjot oil with mustard oil…
Having seen that some of you are having problems finding the Ratanjot , I thought I can help you out. I bought mine frim Bulgaria, but bear in mind, it takes about 4 weeks till it arrives. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272204342953?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITI have used Coconut oil 250 fresh Amla and curry leafs as well. The whole lot was slowly cooked for about 1 hour and than screened with a cotton cloth.
Mam I can use ambla,neem (please) leaf,ratanjot in coconut oil n flame them?
I have not tried this combination so I don't know how effective it will be…
Mam, I can use amla,neem (please leaf) leaf and ratanjot in coconut oil and flame them??
Hi Ramya, my baby is 10 months old and he is not having hairs properly, means he has hairs in center only. Will this oil help….
Since he is only 10 months old, I would suggest using only pure homemade coconut oil for him (easy method in the blog)….
Hi! Can i use this with olive oil as coconut oil doesnt suit my hairs
Yes you can make this ratanjot oil with olive oil too…
Okay thank you so much mam
Hlo Mam, is it best for long hair?
yes this ratanjot oil can be used for long hair too…
Hi i try to use.its work for me.tks for tips
Hiii Ramya dee… Can ratanjot oil mixed with coconut oil and curry leaves be used for all season And how long can we use this mixture Is there any specific time bound??????
Ratanjot oil can be used in all season continuously without time limit and I have not experienced any side effects after regular continuous use. I have not tried adding curry leaves to it but you can give it a try…
Hi mam, I got alkanet easily from eBay.In , I boiled alkanet in coconut oil with the mix up of curry leaves & bringaraj & poduthalai leaves, now I am using this, iam hoping a better results, when iam applying to my hair my scalp turns in to red colour with the effect of alkanet, is that any side effects to my scalp ?? Thanks
No there is no side effect when you use alkanet oil on the hair. It has anti bacterial properties and will prevent all scalp infections…
Hello, just out of Curiosity is there a Spanish name for Alkanot Root? I figured I'll have better luck finding it in Spanish grocery stores. I live in the USA
I am not sure about the shops which sell alkanet root in the USA, but I found a seller online (amazon), you can find the link here
Hi Ramya thanks for sharing such a nice oil…but can u tell me Telugu name for alkanet root…can we apply this for kids of age 7 and 4
I tried searching for Telugu name for alkanet but couldn't find it at all :(. For kids below 5 years, I would suggest using only plain pure unrefined coconut oil. You can try it for kids above 7 years old….
Hi Ramya… thanks for sharing.. But as now winter is about to come, so which hair oil remedy will be more effective for thin hair n hair fall. Kindly reply me..
I use curry leaf hair oil regularly and it is an oil that can be used throughout the year, give it a try. You can find the recipe for curry leaf hair oil in the blog…
hii Ramya,I want to know whether this ratanjot herb will help in re-growing the hair? i mean will it be helpful in removing initial baldness and dandruff? Also, please advice me how to use it for an oily scalp? where i will get it pure ratanjot herb in Bangalore?
Hi maam Will it be helpfull for hair regaining.
Hi maam Will it be helpfull for re-growth of hair.
Ratanjot helps prevents scalp problems that causes hair fall like premature greying and dandruff but it will not be helpful of initial baldness. You can try for it in herb stores (stores that sell pooja items). You can use it sparingly for oily scalp too….
very helpful information
Hello Ramya,Can we mix alkanet root powder with henna powder to make hair dye? I saw it in a french website…
Yes, you can….
Hi Ramya, Is there any side effects for Alkanet as regards to pregnancy?
Hi Ramya. ..Thanks for the details and procedure to make this wonder oil. ..wanted to know if we have to use fresh amla and how.Regards
If you want to add fresh amla, you can grate it, dry out the moisture by placing it under hot sun. Then add the dried amla pieces to the oil and sun dry again (that is how I do)….
Hi Ramya, If i use this oil daily shud i need to have hair wash every day ? i generally take hair wash only once a week when i use seseme oil. With everyday usage of coconut oil i dont do hair wash (I use Henna / Amla & Curry leaves in my coconut oil – greenish color). Will Vebalampattai leave any red stain in skull/roots ?? not sure if i am silly :).ThanksJayashree
Hi Ramya I wanna use ratanjot oil on my 5years old daughter's hair..will that be ok??
I made alkanet oil using handpressed coconut oil.When I apply it on my wrist, it imparts warmth.My sister sensed a little burning sensation for a while(on hand). Is this normal?
can i use akash bhel, arjun chaal, bargadh ki dhadi, mustard oil for hair growth
I suffer from sinusitis can I use this oil?
what is the procedure of curry leaf oil???