Bhringraj oil is also an Indian ayurvedic oil used for improving hair and body ailments. Bhringraj oil contains an extract of Bhringraj plant, scientifically known as Eclipta Alba and a natural oil, usually sesame or coconut. It is a part of the Asteraceae family and also known as false daisy. Few other names are Babri, Galagara, Gunta-kalagara, Kaikeshi, Karisha-langanni, Karisirang-kanni, Kesharaji, Kesuri, Kesuria, Kesutti, Maka and Mochkand. It is a weed which grows in moist places in warm temperature and tropical areas worldwide. It has white color solitary flowers. It grows throughout India and South-western America. It is abundantly found in India, China, Thailand and Brazil. It has a bitter, sharp and dry taste. It is greenish in color and has a distinct but not a strong smell and thus fades away unlike other hair oils. The plant is rich in protein and has antibacterial, anticancer and antioxidant properties. Bhringraj is said to treat health problems such as difficulty in sleeping, rejuvenate teeth, eye sight, memory, bones and hearing as well. It also improves complexion and skin disorders. Studies have shown that Bhringraj helps in treating high blood pressure and diabetes. If mixed with salt it also relieves burning urine sensation. In Ayurveda Bhringraj root is used to treat hepatitis. It is also said to prevent repeated miscarriage, abortion and used to treat post delivery uterine pain and bleeding. The extract from its leaves are used to expel worms from infants. Bhringraj oil has anti ageing properties and brings relief in piles. Since it is an anti oxidant it is used to treat hyperacidity and stomach ailments. There are a variety of brands selling Bhringraj oil nowadays like Dabur Mahabhringraj oil, Khadi Bhringraj tel, Biotique Bhringraj oil, Neev Bhringraj oil, Aloe Veda, Baidyanath Bhringraj tel, Nurture Mahabhringraj oil to name a few.
Benefits of Bhringraj oil on hair:
- It is a herb used in ayurveda for hair growth.
- Rejuvenates and brings back life into dry and damaged hair.
- Makes hair darker thus treating greying of hair.
- Treats hair fall.
- Relieves headache and migraine promoting hair stimulation.
- Increases hair thickness and lustre.
- Daily massage relieves mental stress.
- Prevents dandruff and irritation in scalp.
In order to use Bhringraj oil for hair growth, take ample quantity of warm Bhringraj oil and gently massage your scalp with tips of your fingers for 10-15 minutes. Leave the oil for about 2-3 hours or overnight for best results. Rinse thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
You can also use Bhringraj leaves or Bhringraj powder to make oil at home. Heat coconut oil or sesame oil and add Bhringraj leaves or powder to it. Bring the mixture to boil for about five minutes. Once done, strain the mixture and allow it to cool. Your home-made Bhringraj oil is ready for use.