Kajal or Kohl is a popular cosmetic product for the eyes. However, it is not only a beauty product but also a remedy for many eye disorders, if used as mentioned in Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic text mentions many therapeutic uses and benefits of wearing Kajal. Also known as Anjana and collyrium, it has been used for ages for eye beautification, maintenance of eye health and prevention of eye disorders. It also forms an essential part of Dinacharya or daily routine.
Anjana is highly beneficial in the treatment of many eye disorders such as refractive errors, watery eyes, computer vision syndrome, dry eyes, eye strain, might blindness, itching in the eyes, sliminess in the eyes, cataract, conjunctivitis, blurred vision, etc. Anjana also helps to boost circulation in the eyes and help to provide better nourishment.
Anjana, as mentioned in Ayurveda, is a herbal paste applied to the inner part of the eyelids. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of Anjana, based on the therapeutic uses of the collyrium.
Anjana or Ayurvedic Kajals are made using various herbs. The herbs with which these medicated Kajals are made depend vastly on the Doshas of the person and the eye problems they suffer from. They may be made in solid, semisolid or powder form.
Anjana can be applied using an applicator (Salaka) or your fingers. After applying Anjana, it is advised to move and rotate your eyeballs to spread the Kajal everywhere. However, you must not squeeze, open, close, or wash your eyes after applying the Kajal.
Kajal is not a new cosmetic product. It dates back to 5000 years. Ayurvedic Kajal or Anjana is known to have numerous benefits. It can help to add beauty to the eyes as well as protect eyes from many diseases. However, one must avoid commercial Kajal as it can damage the eyes and lead to many eye diseases.
There are many types of Anjanas, and each type is made with different herbs, depending on your body constitution and eye health. Therefore, you should always consult an Ayurvedic doctor before applying Anjana.
This article is reviewed by Dr. Jyoti Lakhani