Bhringaraj is a creeping and moisture-loving herb. It has a short, flat or round stem + small white flowers on a long stalk. It grows 3″ tall; the leaves are opposite and lance shaped. The roots of the pant are well developed, cylindrical + grayish in color. Floral heads are solitary, white in color, achene compressed, narrowly winged and 6-8 mm in diameter. The plant grows commonly in moist places all over the world, as a weed. I find it interesting how many “weeds” are considered vehicles of health + wellness.
Bhringaraj is an important herb in Ayurveda. As I use Ayurvedic herbs + learn more about ’em I am intrigued + excited about the many ways they can be incorporated into my food + products. I’ve seen the name of the herb spelled both “bhringaraj” + “bhringraj”; I’ve chosen to go with “bhringaraj.” If you know the correct way to spell the name of the herb, please let me know. Thanks!
Benefits of Bhringaraj
Bhringaraj is one of the main herbs for hair care + cirrhosis in Ayurveda. It is believed to maintain + rejuvenate hair, teeth, bones, memory, sight, and hearing.
It works to rejuvenate kidneys + liver. As oil, it treats graying + balding, makes the hair darker, and promotes deep sleep.
It improves the complexion.
In Ayurveda, the root powder is used for treating hepatitis, enlarged spleen + skin disorders. Mixed with a little oil + applied to the head, the herb relieves headache.
Bhringaraj is used in preventing repeated miscarriages + to relieve post-delivery uterine pain. The leaves of this herb are used to reduce uterine bleeding.
The extract taken of its leaves is mixed with honey + given to infants, for the expulsion of worms. Bhringaraj is also given to children in case of urinary tract infections.
Bhringaraj oil is has anti-aging properties + is said to have a rejuvenating effect on the body.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the herb is also used for treating hyper-acidity.
According to the website Herbs Online, the secret to hair health lies within the Bhringaraj herb. Indians have long used the powder as a way to help prevent hair loss + discoloration, to encourage hair growth + improve overall hair health. The website Ayushveda.com says you can mix the powder with water or oil to create a paste you can apply to the scalp.
Bhringraj powder may help to heal the body’s largest organ: our skin. Dr. H.S. Puri states that skin diseases occur because of impurities found in our blood. According to Ayurvedic medicine, bhringaraj powder can help to purify blood + resolve any skin diseases or abnormalities. Whether ingested or applied directly to the skin, it is believed that the use of bhringaraj powder can improve the look + feel of skin making it appear both younger + more healthy. It may also improve wound healing.
We use many Ayurveda herbs, including Bhringaraj in our Ayurvedic Herbal Shampoo Bar.
That’s all for now.
Helping you stay hydrated, exfoliated + well moisturized!