In today’s fast–paced, stress–ridden, fast–food lifestyle looking good and being healthy have become increasingly difficult. Cure and care through allopathic drugs are not a long-term solution to most lifestyle–related health issues or disorders like hair loss, premature greying, acidity, heartburn, etc.
To improve health in a nature–inspired way, one must look towards the knowledge of ancient and modern Ayurveda. Bhringraj is considered the king of herbs in Ayurveda and has been known to solve or assist in solving many health problems. Let’s explore how you can use this miraculous herb for hair, skin and overall health.
What is Bhringraj?
Bhrigraj, or Eclipta Prostrata, belongs to the Sunflower Plant Family. It is commonly known in English as the “False Daisy”. Its colloquial Indian names are also ‘Bhrinraja’ or ‘Bhranga’. Its use in oil, juice, extract or powder format is mostly famous for curing hair, liver and skin related ailments.
Bhringraj is native to tropical regions; the plant tends to thrive in warm climatic conditions. It is most prevalent in the countries of India, China, Nepal, Thailand, and Brazil. The plant’s distinctive appearance comprises of a white or yellow flower and a grey stalk. The flowers do not grow in clusters, each solitary flower blooms individually with white or yellow florets.
Bhringraj Benefits for Health, Hair and Liver
1. Premature Greying
The Bhringraj leaves when crushed and dried can be used as a black dye. The leaves or juice used in a hair mask with henna or with amla, shikakai, and brahmi can lead to masking the color of grey hair.
The coconut oil infused with Bhringraj along with other herbs, like amla, prevents premature greying of hair. The regular application and massage of this Bhringraj infused oil for a minimum of 30 minutes before washing of hair is sufficient to get desired results.
2. Hair Loss
Stress, pollution, and/ or bad health are the most common reasons for hair loss. The nutrient–rich Bringraj-fortified oil helps in the strengthening of hair roots; thereby, lessening hair loss. It also promotes hair growth and therefore, it is beneficial for people facing premature balding.
A regular application, comprising of at least a 10 minutes scalp massage to encourage absorption and stimulation of hair roots with Bhringraj-infused oils, minimum 30 minutes before a hair wash is usually prescribed for hair loss or balding.
3. Liver Disorder
This ayurvedic herb is said to be a cure for jaundice as well as other liver–related ailments or disorders. It is famed to cure jaundice, liver fibrosis, and Hepatitis C. When Bhrigraj leaves are ground with black pepper and consumed with curd, they have been stated to cure jaundice within a few days. The regular consumption of Bhringraj by patients, in prescribed formats, is said to promote overall liver health and prevent/ reduce liver inflammation.
4. Migraine and Headaches
Ingestion of 3 – 5 ml of Bhringraj juice, two–three times, a day is said to relieve headache and migraine. Moreover, if ingestion is not preferred by a person, application of Bhringraj juice with pepper on the forehead or inhalation of Bhringraj juice with milk (goat’s milk) through the nostrils in the morning is said to work wonders for migraines and headaches.
Bhringraj is considered as an ayurvedic cure for successful treatment of hyperacidity and regularly occurring heartburn. The use of Bhringraj powder with jaggery and other ayurvedic herbs tends to relieve symptoms of acidity. Its continued use in prescribed quantities is said to permanently cure hyperacidity.
6. Skin Ailments
The largest sense organ of our body is the skin. It easily shows the adverse effects of lifestyle choices, body health or disorders, stress, or strain. The adverse effects on the skin show themselves through skin irruptions, acnes, or minor skin allergies.
Bhringraj has been extremely successfully used in the treatment of skin-related ailments in Ayurveda. A direct and pure application of Bhringraj juice repeatedly over the inflicted skin region for a few days shows visible as well as long–lasting effects. Bhringraj juice is also commonly used to promote good skin health and enhance skin beauty by relieving acne, pimples, and scars.
7. Poor eyesight
The powder of Bhringraj leaf has been used in various ways and forms for the treatment of eye-related disorders. Bhrinraj has a cooling effect on the eyes and also helps in relieving eye-strain. It is often used in ayurvedic kajal. This kajal alleviates many symptoms of poor eyesight due to strain, stress, etc.
Few Facts about Bhringraj
Let’s look at a few important things we should understand about Bhringraj Ayurvedic Herb:
- It can be used in oil, powder, paste, or juice/ extract forms
- It has a sharp, bitter, and dry taste.
- It has no side effects.
- The leaves are rich in proteins.
- The plant is rich in alkaloids.
- The plant is enriched in Calcium, Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Magnesium.
- There exist no absolute contraindications for Bhringraj.
Dosage, Side-Effects, and Precautions of Bhringraj
All herbs with medicinal properties must be used or consumed with a few safety precautions; this enables the user to absorb the full benefit of the herb without facing any adverse effects. The Bhringraj herb is easy and safe to use; however, proper consultation with an ayurvedic consultant ensures maximum gain from its use.
There are no side-effects of the Bhrigraj herb. Since, it is a naturally occurring herb with antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antileprotic, antihaemorrhagic, analgesic, antihepatotoxic, hypotensive and ovicidal properties; it is one of the safest herbs in Ayurveda.
The dosage of Bhrignraj depends on the form of use or consumption. Let’s look at the proper dosages as per Ayurvedic Siddhant :
1. In Powder Form (usually taken with honey, sugar, or milk):
- Children : 200 – 1000 mg
- Adult: 1 – 3 grams
2. In Juice form (usually taken with honey or milk):
- Children: 1 – 3 ml
- Adults: 3 – 10 ml
3. In Extract Form (usually taken with warm water):
- Children: 125 – 250 mg
- Adults: 250 – 500 mg
Precautions related to the consumption are –
- All the dosages are recommended to be taken before a meal.
- When applied externally in oil form, it is recommended to massage for a minimum of 10 minutes.
- All doses for consumption must be taken at least 3 times a day.
Maximum limits for consumption are as follows –
- Powder Form: 9 grams ( in divided doses)
- Juice Form: 30 ml ( in divided doses)
- Extract Form: 1500 mg ( in divided doses)
Frequently Asked Questions About Bhringraj Benefits
1. How to acquire Bhringraj Products?
Ans. Bhrigraj Ayurvedic Products are widely available from your corner drug store to online websites. The products can be recommended by an Ayurveda Practitioner as a guide in the proper dosage for ailments or disorders.
2. What are the names of Bhringraj Ayurvedic Products?
Ans. The names of a few of the available Bhrigraj Ayurvedic Products are –
- Bhringraja Churna
- Bhringraja Ghrita
- Bhringraja Oil
- Bhringrajadi Churna
- Gunjadi Oil
- Mahabhringraja Oil
- Neelbhringadi Oil
3. How to use Bhrigraj oil and powders for hair care?
Ans. Bhringraj oil can be directly added to your coconut oil to get hair-related benefits of healthy hair, thick hair growth, strong hair roots, shiny hair, etc.
Most Ayurveda products use round balls made up of the pasted Bhringraj leaves is dried and infused into coconut oil. This Bhringraj infused oil when applied and massaged on scalp for minimum 10 minutes and allowed to soak the scalp for at least 30 minutes is effective for prevention of hair loss, premature greying, and balding. It promotes the growth of hair by activating the dead hair follicles as well.
The following oils are a cure for all hair ailments –
- Gunjadi Oil
- Mahabhringraja Oil
- Bhringaraja Oil
The Bhringraj powders tend to have the property of a black dye. Thus, when you mix Bhringraj powder in henna for hair applications, it masks the grey hair present by dying them black. Another way to use the Bhringraj powder in a hair mask is to use it with amla, shikakai, and brahmi powders mixed with a base of coconut oil. This mask when applied for 20 -30 minutes results in healthy hair.
4. Is Bhrigraj safe during Pregnancy?
Ans. The safety profile of Bhrigraj related to pregnancy or lactation is not yet successfully established. It is recommended that an Ayurveda practitioner’s advice be sought before use by breast-feeding mothers and pregnant women.
The Bhringraj herb or Eclipta Prostrata is a natural herb with many medicinal properties. It is extensively used in Ayurvedic Hair Care products as well as Ayurvedic Skin Care Products. It is also widely used to cure liver ailments and acidity – related problems.
The Miracle Herb Bhrigraj is the safest and surest way to a healthy life without the complications of cosmetic or chemical-based treatments. Its use for the cure of various diseases and disorders is the reason it is called “The King of Herbs” in Ayurveda.
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