As per Ayurveda, Bhringraj is believed to promote hair growth, strengthen the follicles, delay premature greying and even control dandruff.
‘Eclipta Alba’ commonly known as the False Daisy plant (in English) or Bhringraj plant (in Hindi) belongs to the sunflower family and is best grown in moist climates. This popular herb has either white, yellow or blue coloured flowers, lance-shaped leaves and distinct cylindrical and grey coloured roots.
What is Bhringraj Oil?
Bhringraj hair oil is derived from the leaves of the Bhringraj plant. Sun-dried leaves are immersed in a 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 studies, bhringraj oil benefits hair as it helps effectively reduce hair loss and boost new hair growth. It also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties that improve scalp health.
Benefits of Bhringraj Oil
Bhringraj oil benefits are plenty but it is best known for its amazing hair care benefits.
Promotes Hair Growth
As per Ayurveda, Bhringraj oil is known to effectively balance the Vata and Kapha Doshas which are understood to be potential causes of hair loss. It 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 neutralise oxidative stress which is another major cause of impending hair growth.
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 colours.
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 plant 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.
Neutralises Effect Of Snake Venom
As per one 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 inflamed, dry 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 it 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), or 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 Oil
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 revitalises hair follicles.