Coleus Forskohlii Root Powder


Botanical Name: Coleus forskohlii

Common Name:

  • English: Indian coleus
  • Ayurveda: Gandira
  • Also, known as: Jeevakamu, Garmar, Garmal,  Abyssinian coleus, blue spur flower, false boldo, Indian coleus • Gujarati: ગરમર garmar • Hindi: पत्थरचूर patharchur, पाषाणभेदी pashan bhedi • Marathi: गरमर garmar, माईण or माईन mayin, माईनमूळ mainmul • Nepalese: गन्धे झार gandhe jhar • Sanskrit: बालकः balakah, ¿ गण्डीरः gandira , पाषाणभेदी pashanabhedi

Habitat: Western Himalayas, tropical Africa, Arabian peninsula, Indian subcontinent, Thailand; widely cultivated

Origin:  India

Harvested: Wild

Parts Used: Root                                                                 

General Information:

Coleus forskohlii is a plant native to India. Since ancient times, plants of the Coleus species have been used as an herbal medicine to treat various disorders.

Coleus forskohlii perennial branched aromatic herb; found in subtropical western Himalayas. Roots are light in weight, light brown, longitudinally wrinkled, tapering, with a few rootlets, cut surface yellowish-white; fracture, short, characteristic pleasing odour; taste, slightly bitter and pungent.

How to use:

Powdered Herb:

There are different ways to use powdered herb.

Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".

Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.

Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.

Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot. 


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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