Alkanet Root (Ratan Jot) رتن جوت
Alkanets/Ratan Jot (رتن جوت, ابوخلسا، شخجار حنا الغول، شنکارہوچویہ، جوگی بادشاہ) also known as Onosma Echioides Linn, are members of the Boraginaceae family of plants to which borage (gao zaban) belongs. Alkanets have been grown for the dye their roots produce which has been used as a substitute for henna. The roots red dye is fat soluble, so this plant has been used to dye ointments, oils, and waxes and is frequently used in soaps, lotions, and makeup products across the world today. Because of its pigmentation properties, alkanet root are largely used for dying wood and fabrics. In wood staining, alkanet is a fine imitation of rosewood, or mahogany. It is also used in varnishes for fine wood products, such as violins.
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