Bhringraj is an important Ayurveda herb, widely used in hair fall treatment, liver disorders, skin diseases etc.
Botanical name – Eclipta alba.
Its whole plant is used for various medicinal purposes.
Ayurvedic Properties of Bhringaraj
Rasa – Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
Because of its pungent, bitter taste, dryness and lightness, it balances Kapha Dosha. Because of its hot potency, it balances Vata. Hence, it balances Kapha and Vata Doshas.
Medicinal properties of Bhringaraj
1. The leaf is considered hepatoprotective and hence juice of leaves can be used for liver health.
Dosage – Fresh juice 5-10 mL
2. It is considered as a Rasayana which rejuvenate and prevent ageing.
Juice extract – is administered for the purpose of rejuvenation, for a long period of time. While its administration, the patient is made to eat only cooked rice with milk. This helps to improve strength, immunity, fertility and life expectancy.
3. Its juice extract is used as eye and ear drops to relieve infection and pain.
4. Oil prepared out of Bhringaraj improves hair growth and prevents premature graying.
How to prepare home made Bhringaraj oil for hair growth and nourishment ?
Cold pressed Coconut oil – 200 mL
Curry leaves – 1 Cup
Bhringaraj leaf / powder – 1 Cup
Hibiscus flower paste – 2 tablespoon
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
Method of preparation-
1. Wash the curry leaves and Bhringaraj. Let it dry .
2 . Coarse grind it along with hibiscus paste and fenugreek seeds.
3. Heat coconut oil in a thick Kadai and add the ground mixture and allow it to boil in low flame.
4. Let it cool. Extract the oil leaving the residues behind.
5. Store in a clean dry bottle.
This oil helps in premature graying of hair and ensure proper growth and nourishment to hair follicles.
5. Bhringaraja juice extract is administered along with castor oil to relieve intestinal worm infestation.
Dr Arya Krishna
About the Author
Dr Arya Krishna graduated in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the prestigious Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She brings more than 5 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda and owns Fellowship in Orthopedics Rehabilitation from the prestigious Appolo group of hospitals, Hyderabad. Currently she is serving as Associate Editor of American Journal of Ayurveda. She is a member ofHealthConnect24.com and is a consulting physician and panchakarma expert at House of Ayurveda, Chicago. Specializations include spinal disorders and orthopedics as well as gastroenterological disorders. She is experienced in treating women’s health probelms like menstrual disorders, leucorrhoea and PCOD. She is efficient in administering all panchakarma therapies and has good knowledge of classical Ayurveda. She is efficient in prescribing Ayurvedic diet for lifestyle disorders and possesses knowledge of yoga and pranayama. She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals.