From excessive hair fall to less hair growth, there are myriad concerns related to hair that bother women of all age groups. While thinning hair is a much-discussed matter, we do not get to know much about how to grow hair in a natural way. Well, there is certainly no magic potion for experiencing incredible hair growth overnight. But just like other beauty solutions, nature has always been a source for improvement in hair length. Bhringraj oil is one such natural herbal remedy that promotes hair growth to a great extent and that too without causing any adverse effects. In this article, let us see the benefits of the oil in detail, its DIY recipe, and the use of bhringraj oil for hair growth.
What is Bhringraj?
Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), also known as ‘Karisalankanni’, ‘Kehraj’, or ‘False Daisy’, is a medicinal herb from the sunflower family. It is found widely in the moist places of India, China, Thailand, and Brazil. Bhringraj has been used in ancient Indian Ayurveda for ages as a powerful ingredient for balancing doshas. The plant also works as a natural ‘rasayana’ for slowing down the aging process of hair as well as making it rejuvenated and healthy. Besides, it also stimulates the growth of hair, reduces dandruff, makes hair stronger, stops hair loss, and prevents premature graying. (1)
What is Bhringraj Oil?
Bhringraj oil is usually prepared by blending and heating the extract of bhringraj leaves with an inactive carrier oil, such as coconut oil or sesame oil. The oil with a greenish color and a strong fragrance can be massaged into the scalp regularly to improve blood circulation in it. This helps revitalize the hair follicles, thereby reducing hair fall, accelerating hair growth, and enhancing sleep. Apart from hair care, bhringraj oil is also consumed orally in Ayurvedic practices to treat ailments of the heart, liver, respiratory system, nerves, and so on.
Different formulations of bhringraj oil, combining the goodness of other beneficial herbs (amla, brahmi, gotu kola, licorice, costus, etc.), are easily available in the market. These are mostly based on recipes taken from old-world texts like the ‘Bhaishajya Ratnavali’. (2) You can also find the herb in the forms of capsule and powder.
Benefits of Bhringraj Oil for Hair
Being a restorative herb, bhringraj is considered excellent for our hair. As mentioned earlier, it may improve the length, strength, and luster of hair to a great extent. Here is a detailed overview of the hair benefits offered by bhringraj oil:
1. Prevents Graying
Though graying is a genetic trait, regular application of bhringraj oil may slow down or prevent the process of premature graying significantly. The darkening properties of the herb may even help reverse the aging of hair by restoring as well as maintaining its natural pigment (melanin). (3)
2. Nourishes Hair
Bhringraj is largely used in hair tonics for its amazing rejuvenating properties (4). Moreover, the oil comes as a blend of multiple natural ingredients like amla, shikakai, and coconut or sesame oil, which are known to be highly beneficial to hair health. All these help nourish hair to make it look thick and lustrous.
3. Eradicates Dandruff
Being a dense oil with high specific gravity, bhringraj oil penetrates the scalp fast and effortlessly. Deeper absorption of the oil helps in treating dry scalp. On the other hand, its anti-inflammatory qualities keep irritation of the scalp away. The oil also has strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which may help in treating minor bacterial and fungal infections in the scalp (5) (6). As a result, you may get rid of issues like dandruff, itchy scalp, etc. Bhringraj may even neutralize Malassezia furfur (a dandruff-causing skin fungus) when used along with frog fruit (Lippia nodiflora) (7).
4. Soothes Headaches
Bhringraj oil has great cooling and soothing properties, which calm down the nervous system efficiently. This gives relief from issues, such as headaches, migraines, etc. All you need to do is massage the scalp with the oil regularly.
5. Adds Strength And Shine
Regular use of bhringraj oil makes the hair stronger and shinier. Being a concoction of multiple hair-friendly herbs and oils, it improves the overall health and quality of the locks while adding strength and shine to them.
6. Reduces Hair Fall
While the cooling properties of the oil help in reducing stress-related hair fall, it also helps foster hair follicles by fulfilling the deficiency of minerals and decreases excessive hair fall caused by poor scalp or hair health.
7. No Side Effects
It is a natural oil with no dangerous side effects. However, if you are using it in the winter and if you have a tendency to catch a cold easily, you should not leave it overnight. Since the oil is cooling by nature, keeping it overnight may induce a cold.
How Does Bhringraj Oil Help Hair Growth?
Bhringraj oil increases vasodilation, which improves the circulation of blood throughout the scalp and provides more blood to the hair roots. Hence, the hair follicles are activated and hair starts growing significantly. When applied topically, the extract of bhringraj also works as a hair growth promoter by stimulating the hair follicles and lengthening the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle for a longer period of time (8) (9). In fact, according to a 2018 study published in the Archives of Dermatological Research, bhringraj is more effective than the topical medication minoxidil (treats male pattern baldness) in promoting hair growth (10).
DIY Homemade Bhringraj Oil for Hair Growth
Bhringraj oil can be found in its pure form or blended with other hair-friendly herbs. It is sold by a number of popular herbal skin and hair care brands, such as Khadi, Aloe Veda, Biotique, and Neev. You can also prepare it at home for growing long and strong hair naturally. It is super easy and highly effective too. Here is the DIY recipe for you:
- Bhringraj leaves – a handful, or bhringraj powder – 3 teaspoons
- Pure coconut oil (or, sesame oil) – 1 cup (200 ml.)
- Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
Steps to Prepare:
- Clean and wash a handful of bhringraj leaves, and roughly chop them up.
- Now, heat up the coconut oil or sesame oil in a pan.
- After 2-3 minutes, add chopped bhringraj leaves or pure bhringraj powder to it and boil the mixture for about 5 minutes.
- Also, throw the fenugreek seeds into the pan and boil the whole thing for 5 more minutes.
- Then, turn off the heat and allow the concoction to cool down.
- Finally, strain the mixture, discard the residue, and use the greenish oil to get lovely and healthy hair.
If you want to avoid the application of heat, use sun-dried bhringraj leaves. Dry a handful of fresh leaves under the sun for 2-3 days and leave them immersed in a jar of coconut or sesame oil until the infusion develops a light green hue. You can also grind the sun-dried leaves into a fine powder and add it to the oil.
Read Also – Herbal Oils to Prevent Hair Loss
How to Use Bhringraj Oil for Hair Growth?
- The key to growing long, strong, and healthy hair is improved blood flow to the hair roots, which needs a thorough scalp massage. So, take about 4-5 teaspoons of bhringraj oil (adjust the quantity according to your hair length), warm it up for half a minute, and apply the lukewarm oil all over your scalp followed by the length of the hair. Massage the scalp with your fingertips in a small circular motion. It is best to get someone to do it for you while you relax completely.
- Next, take your hair in small sections and tug at the roots gently to stimulate the follicles. Massage the scalp this way for around 10 minutes and leave at least for an hour.
- It is always good to keep the oil overnight for maximum absorption. Use a towel on your pillow to prevent it from staining.
- For the best results, wash the oil off with a natural hair wash or a mild herbal shampoo.
- Massage your scalp and hair with bhringraj oil at least twice or thrice every week to notice dramatic changes within a month.
Health and Skin Benefits of Bhringraj
The effects of bhringraj on our body are just beyond hair health. In Ayurveda, it is considered a great natural remedy for a number of medical conditions. We have mentioned below how it may help you with your health and skin:
- Bhringraj may prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) with its potent antibacterial properties.
- It helps in detoxifying the liver while promoting liver cell generation (11).
- Using the herb with ashwagandha may reduce memory loss related to Alzheimer’s disease (12).
- Bhringraj is rich in magnesium, which enhances mood, relaxes muscles, and gives better sleep.
- The abundance of magnesium in the herb is also helpful in treating headaches and migraines.
- It also hydrates and soothes dry and inflamed skin, thus treating various skin conditions like acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.
Read Also – DIY- How to Make Henna Hair Oil for Hair Growth
Side Effects of Bhringraj Oil
The topical application of bhringraj oil is pretty safe. Some people may get a burning or tingling sensation during the application, which usually gets subsidized soon. However, you should always do a patch test before including the oil in your regular hair care routine. When taken orally, bhringraj may cause chills, increased urination, hypotension, etc. It may also undermine the effects of blood thinners and hence, should never be consumed without consulting a doctor. Children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers should also avoid the oral consumption of bhringraj oil as its safety is yet to be established in them.
Bhringraj is a medicinal herb that has been used in ancient Indian Ayurveda for ages as a powerful ingredient for balancing doshas. The extract of bhringraj leaves is mixed with an inactive carrier oil (coconut oil or sesame oil) to prepare the greenish-colored bhringraj oil. It may also combine the goodness of other beneficial herbs like amla, brahmi, gotu kola, licorice, etc. Massaging bhringraj oil regularly may improve blood circulation in the scalp and revitalize the hair follicles to accelerate hair growth. It also helps in reducing dandruff, stopping hair fall, preventing premature graying, soothing headaches, and adding luster to the hair. It can be prepared at home easily with fresh or sun-dried bhringraj leaves. Make sure that you massage your scalp thoroughly with lukewarm bhringraj oil for at least 10 minutes twice-thrice every week. Apart from hair care, it is also consumed orally in Ayurvedic practices to detoxify the liver, avert UTIs, treat Alzheimer’s-related memory loss, improving sleep quality, and soothing inflamed skin. However, you must do a patch test before applying bhringraj oil topically and consult your doctor before consuming it orally to avoid adverse effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can Bhringraj Oil Regrow Hair?
If used religiously for 3-4 months, bhringraj oil may help in the regrowth of hair.
How Long Does Bhringraj Take to Work?
Bhringraj takes at least 1-2 months to work and shows no noticeable difference.
Can I Use Bhringraj Oil Daily?
Limit the use of bhringraj oil twice to thrice a week so that its cooling properties do not have any negative impact on you.
Can We Mix Castor Oil with Bhringraj Oil?
A mixture of bhringraj oil and castor oil is known to reduce dandruff, condition the hair, and stimulate its growth considerably.
Can We Eat Bhringraj Leaves?
Powdered bhringraj leaves can be eaten for better health and appearance after consulting with a doctor.
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