The herb is in the sunflower family and grows best in moist places including India, Brazil and Thailand. To produce bhringraj oil, leaves from the bhringraj plant are mixed and heated with carrier oil. Bhringraj can also be found in powder or capsule form.
An Indian tradition that aims to balance and heal the body through nutrition, in Ayurveda, bhringraj is said to promote strengthening hair, hair growth and prevent dandruff and graying. Eclipta alba extract (Bhringraj) is effective at fighting bacteria and fungus. This means in treating certain bacterial infections it could be helpful.
Bhringraj oil for hair uses and benefits.
There is research to support the claim that bhringraj oil can promote hair growth and improve dandruff, so more human based studies are needed, though much of it has been conducted on mice:
On male albino a 2008 study showed that using bhringraj oil increased the number of hair follicles. Though it does show promise this study needs to be repeated in humans for it to be conclusive.
Which is known to fight free radicals that can impede hair growth, bhringraj also contains vitamin E.
Which can help psoriasis or other skin irritations on the scalp, the oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. To improve circulation to the scalp it is also said.
May slow graying
Though gray hair is largely genetic, some report that bhringraj oil may slow or prevent the graying process, anecdotally speaking. As a loss of pigment (melanin) gray hair is also commonly understood. Bhringraj may help hair appear less gray.
Other benefits of bhringraj oil
Bhringraj oil is rich in minerals and vitamins. It contains
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Ayurvedic teachings and anecdotal evidence suggest that bhringraj can have effects on the body beyond just hair health but there is little research supporting these claims.
May promote relaxation and sleep
It can also improve mood and Magnesium is known for its relaxant properties and may promote muscle relaxation, sleep.
May help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Which are most commonly caused by bacterial infections, the antimicrobial properties of bhringraj may help treat UTIs.
In Ayurvedic medicine the juice from the leaves of the bhringraj (false daisy) plant is used as a liver tonic.
Helps soothe inflamed skin
Bhringraj oil can help quench dry skin and is hydrating. When applied topically to skin it may help treat skin inflammation like psoriasis, dermatitis, and some forms of acne, bhringraj is an anti-inflammatory.
May treat headaches
Magnesium is also known to prevent migraines and headaches.
Neutralizes rattlesnake venom
Bhringraj to be effective at neutralizing the lethal effects of rattlesnake venom when the juice of the plant is ingested
May improve Alzheimer’s related memory loss
Bhringraj was combined with ashwagandha (also an herb), it increased “mitochondrial activity” in the brains of rats that had Alzheimer’s induced in their brains.