Sinduri, Indian Medicinal Plant

One major traditional use of the Bixa orellana plant was for body, face, and hair paint among various tribes and ancient civilizations either for decorative purposes or as omens to ward off evil spirits and illnesses.It has been reported to be used by Brazilian native tribes, the native Taínos in Puerto Rico, the Tsáchila of Ecuador and different Amazonian tribes.As a result of the Spanish Conquest, the Bixa orellana was introduced to tribes like the Aztecs, Incas and Mochicas who showed evidence of later use.The Aztecs also apparently used the annatto pigment as red ink for manuscript painting in the 16th century.


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Sinduri is quite common in India and it has the botanical name of Bixa orellana L. Sinduri is the Sanskrit name of the plant and its English names are Annatto or Lipstick Tree. It has many names in different Indian native languages. The Bengali speaking people call the plant as Latkan and Watkan and its Hindi names are Latkan, Lotpan or Senduria. In Gujarati, it is called as Sindhuri and the Marathi speaking people named the plant as Kesari, Sendri and Shendri. While the Tamil people call it as Jafframaram, Japhara or Kurungu-Manjal, the Telugu people know it in the names of Jaffrachettu, Jafra and Japhara.

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