‘Eclipta Alba’ commonly known as the False Daisy (in English) or Bhringraj (in Hindi) belongs to the sunflower family and is best grown in moist climates. This popular herb has either white, yellow or blue colored flowers, lance-shaped leaves and distinct cylindrical and grey colored roots. As per Ayurveda, Bhringraj is believed to promote hair growth, strengthen the follicles, delay premature greying and even control dandruff.
This study shows that Bhringraj also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties.
What is Bhringraj Oil?
Bhringraj oil is derived from the leaves of the Bhringraj plant. Sun-dried leaves are immersed in carrier oil (like coconut or sesame) and are left under the sun for two or three days. The resulting oil has a light green colour and a unique strong aroma.
Bhringraj oil is rich in terpenes, phenols, flavonoids and other antioxidants that help enhance overall scalp health, reduce oxidative stress and strengthen the follicles. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties help soothe the scalp and keep irritations at bay. As per this study, bhringraj oil also helps effectively reduce hair loss and boost new hair growth.
Benefits of Bhringraj Oil
Bhringraj oil offers some serious hair care benefits. Let’s have a look at them one by one -1. Promotes Hair Growth
As per Ayurveda, Bhringraj oil is known to effectively balance the Vata and Kapha Doshas which are understood to be potent causes for hair loss. It primarily increases the blood circulation thereby stimulating the scalp and supplying appropriate nutrition to the follicles. This helps in strengthening the hair follicles and makes way for new hair growth. It is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals that help neutralizing oxidative stress that is another major cause for impending hair growth.
2. Controls Dandruff
Bhringraj oil exhibits potent microbial and anti-fungal properties that help keep scalp irritations such as dandruff at bay. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the scalp skin and extend relief from itchy and irritated scalp.
3. Premature Graying
The active constituents of Bhringraj oil are believed to restore the natural hair colour and prevent premature greying. This herb is known to have darkening properties that help slow down or delay premature greying. It is definitely a long process and results may take time to surface. Bhringraj is also a popular ingredient in natural hair colors.
4. Deep Conditioning
Bhringraj oil is also rich in essential vitamins that help nourish the scalp and condition the strands. It helps restore the natural shine and lustre of the hair, makes it manageable and breathes life into the strands.
Other benefits of Bhringraj
Bhringraj is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as essential vitamins and nutrients. Apart from hair care, Bhringraj oil offers other various health benefits -
Relaxes muscles and Promotes sound sleep
Bhringraj is rich in magnesium that is known to help relax muscles, reduce stress, elevate mood and promote better sleep.
The magnesium content in bhringraj hair oil also helps prevent headaches.
Neutralizes effect of snake venom
As per this study, bhringraj is found to help cancel out the lethal effects of rattlesnake venom when the juice of the plant is ingested.
Helps soothe dry skin
The anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry, inflamed skin.
Bhringraj helps prevent UTIs and detoxify liver
Bhringraj juice has antimicrobial and antifungal properties that help prevent UTIs and also cleanse the liver.
How to use Bhringraj Oil?
Here is how you can incorporate Bhringraj Oil into your hair care routine -
For scalp health and hair growth
Take some bhringraj oil and gently massage into the scalp using your fingertips for 8 to 10 minutes. Use gentle circular strokes and make sure to focus on the entire scalp. This helps stimulate the scalp and leads to better penetration of the oil. Leave it on for 30 to 60 mins or overnight. You may also wrap a hot towel around the oiled hair for better absorption of the oil. Use it once or twice a week to help reduce hair fall and boost growth over time.
To deep condition the scalp and strands
Bhringraj powder can act as a deep conditioning agent for the hair. Mix bhringraj powder with rose water (for oily scalp), yoghurt (for itchy and dandruff scalp) or with a carrier oil like coconut, olive or argan (for dry scalp) to make a hair mask. Apply the resulting paste from the roots to tips. Keep it for 30 mins and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. This DIY Bhringraj hair mask nourishes the scalp and adds natural shine to the hair.
To prevent premature greying
Premature greying is usually caused by heredity but it may also be triggered due to free radical damage, nutritional deficiencies and even stress. Bhringraj can help prevent premature greying by restoring the natural colour pigments. Try our Bhringraj enriched organic hair oil which is a blend of 13 herbs cooked in coconut oil that helps effectively reduce hair fall and also delay premature greying.
How to make Bhringraj Hair Oil at home?
There are two methods to make Bhringraj Oil -
- Leave the bhringraj leaves to dry under the sun for two to three days. Once completely dry, store the leaves in a clean, dry glass bottle. Pour in a cold pressed carrier oil like coconut, olive or sesame and then leave the bottle out in the sun again for two to three days. The oil is ready to use when it starts turning green.
- Warm up your favourite carrier oil in an iron vessel at low flame. Add grounded leaves to the oil carefully. Let it come to a boil and keep stirring it occasionally. Once the oil turns dark green, switch off the flame and let the oil cool down. After it has completely cooled down, strain it into a dry, clean glass jar.
Juicy Chemistry’s products enriched with Bhringraj
Hibiscus, Amla & Bhringraj Certified Organic Hair Oil - This nourishing hair oil is made with thirteen powerful ingredients that smoothen and condition the hair. Bhringraj oil penetrates deep into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation and revitalizes hair follicles. Blend of Amla, Brahmi, and Hibiscus soothe the scalp, restore natural hair color and improve hair texture, making your hair feel smoother.
Onion, Hibiscus & Bhringraj Certified Organic Shampoo Bar - This hydrating shampoo bar moisturises and nourishes the hair follicles. It also helps strengthen the hair and make it smoother. Olive, Jojoba, and Ashwagandha oils are deeply hydrating while Black tea, Curry leaves, Amla, and Bhringraj make the hair smoother and shinier.