Ratanjot (Alkanet), or popularly known as alkane has several similar names such as dyer’s bugloss or hoary puccoon. The plant belongs to herbal plant with very specific health benefits for human health, particularly for its root. Alkanet root is quite large and thick with reddish color.*
The leaves are hairy green like Bugloss’s leaves. The plant has Latin name of Alkanna tinctoria, included in Boraginaceae family. The plant is originally from the Mediterranean area. Most people in that region using the plant for cosmetic particularly red dye necessity. Therefore, most of the benefits of alkanet root are used to cosmetic and beauty purpose such as soap and lip balm.*
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