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Homemade Manjistha Oil Recipe For Skin Brightening

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Homemade Manjistha Oil For Skin Whitening – The process is time consuming and the ingredients may be hard to find but still, Making this at home manjistha oil is totally worth the effort.

I have mentioned where you can get good quality raw/powder herbs below. Obviously, You need to use genuine herbs to achieve desired results.

Use Cold pressed/wood pressed sesame oil or coconut oil whichever suits your skin. If you are prone to colds, it is better not to use coconut oil. Sesame oil is suitable for cold winter season while, coconut oil is much more suited for the hot summers.

Also, do a patch test first to make sure you are not allergic to any of these ingredients, especially for babies.

Benefits Of Manjistha Oil

Manjistha skin brightening oil is suitable for all ages. The other major benefits are as follows,

Lightens skin tone

Removes sun tan effectively

Moisturises the skin for at least 10 hours

Deeply nourishes the skin

Improves skin texture as it heals the skin

Fades blemishes

Treats uneven skin tone, dark circles, skin infections, and acne scars

Soothes dry skin conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin

How To Use

Patch test recommended for all skin types.

For oily acne prone skin types, Apply 2-3 drops the oil as a thin layer, leave it on for 10 minutes.

Use besan or any mild cleanser to remove the oil completely.

If this does not cause pimples, you can try increasing the time for up to 30 minutes. Do not keep this oil on oily, acne prone skin for more than 30 minutes.

For other skin types, use 2-3 drops of this oil as a moisturiser and leave it overnight. Do not apply too much.

Body Massage

Apply this oil and massage for 20 minutes. Leave it on for a total of 1 hour before bathing.

You could also use this as a after bath moisturiser too. Pat on to damp skin and leave it overnight.


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Here are the ingredients needed to make manjistha skin brightening oil.

A total of 12 Ingredients.

  • Thriphala powder – 45gm (Haritaki, Thandrikai or Beleric, amla)
  • Turmeric  – 2.5 Tablespoons (Fresh – 20gm, Dried – 40gm)
  • Parpata  – 2.5 Tablespoons (Fresh – 20gm, Dried – 40gm)
  • Manjistha – 1 Tablespoon
  • Ashwagandha – 1 Tablespoon
  • Vetiver – 1 Tablespoon
  • Nag kesar – 1 Tablespoon
  • Cluster fig – 1 Tablespoon
  • Banyan leaf powder – 1 Tablespoon
  • Koshtam, crepe ginger – 1 Tablespoon
  • Peepal tree – 1 Tablespoon
  • Oil – 640ml

If you intend to use the manjistha oil for face, it is important to use an oil that suits your skin.

For my face, i can only use coconut milk oil(Urukku velichenna) which i think is an authentic Kerala recipe that has been around for ages. Correct me if i am wrong.

How To Make Manjistha Oil

📌 Prepare 1280ml of turmeric juice and parpata juice. Keep it aside. You can use dried herbs too.

📌 Make a paste of the above listed powdered herbs(180gms) with plain water/rose water.

📌 Take 2560ml (2.56litres) of water. Place it on the gas stove. Add the herb paste and let it cook on low-medium flame until it reaches around 1/4th of the original amount. That will be around 650ml(2.5 glasses)

If you want, you can let this mixture sit overnight too. Strain the liquid and keep aside.

📌 Take an vessel(preferably iron). Pour 640ml of oil to the kadai. Add the previously prepared herb decoction and freshly squeezed juices(refer step 1) of turmeric and parpata to the oil.

Let it cook on low flame until all the water evaporates and the oil looks clear. Your manjistha oil is now ready. Once the oil cools down, Strain and store in a clean dry glass jar.

Was that confusing?


  • Make a juice out of the 2 fresh ingredients.
  • Make a decoction by boiling the 9 herbs paste in water.
  • Add the decoction and fresh juice to the base oil. Cook on low flame until oil clears. THAT’S IT.😇

What you have now at hand is an all natural Ayurvedic skin brightening oil. You already know the benefits of this oil.


Why can’t we add the herb directly to the base oil, it could have been so much easier, isn’t it?🤔

It is because of the fact that, Some of the phyto-nutrients in the herbs are water soluble and not oil soluble.

This simply means that,  if we directly add the dried herb powders to the oil, the nutrients will not seep into the oil. This end product may not be as effective as it is meant to be.

So in traditional Ayurvedic recipes, dried herbs/powders are usually boiled in water on low flame to make a highly concentrated decoction which is then used to make the high quality infused oil.

Hope that is clear enough.


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The above mentioned recipe is the correct method of making infused oils as per Ayurveda. Since the whole process can be tedious for beginners, here are my 3 simple alternatives for you.

These methods have its own problem which i have mentioned below. Do check them out.😥


Instead, use all dried herbs or in their powdered form. Make a paste of it and boil everything with water. Gentle cook this decoction with oil until it appears clear. Super easy, right?

Although fresh ingredients are always the best, It takes a lot of time and energy to prepare them.


Take the herb powder/dried herbs in a cotton cloth. Tie it tightly to make a ball and drop it into the bottle with oil. Close the jar and place it in the sun shade or window sill for one month. Let the nutrients seep into the oil naturally. Do not forget to shake the bottle occasionally.


This method is similar to the 2nd method and is the most popular one of all.

Add all the ingredients to a cotton/muslin cloth and tie it up tightly. Leave the cotton ball in the jar of oil.

Take enough water in a medium size vessel. Place the glass jar in the water. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the flame to low. wait for at least one hour before you switch off the flame.

Let the oil stay like that for 2 weeks-1 month. Shake the jar occasionally. After a month, Squeeze the herb pouch to extract all the oil.

Throw away the ingredients or use it as a body scrub.


For the 2nd and 3rd method, You cannot  follow the exact recipe measurements as, 180gms of herb powders will soak up all the 640ml of oil right away. So you need to increase the amount of oil added.

This also means that the oil will not be as concentrated as the original recipe.😥

It is always best to follow the original recipe if you can.


It is super important to use an oil that suits your skin.

Use good quality non-adulterated herbs to avoid skin irritations and to achieve best results.

This is an all natural skin brightening oil recipe so it does take time to show results. Be patient and consistent with its usage.

Do try this Manjistha oil for face and body recipe and let me know how it goes. If you have any doubts, drop a comment below and i would be happy to help.



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