Benefits of Bhringraj Oil For Hair Growth - Ayurvedic Hair Oil
by Dr. Surya Bhagwati on Feb 26, 2021
Excess hair fall, hair thinning, and balding can be incredibly frustrating to deal with. After all, your hair plays an important role in your appearance and therefore affects feelings of self esteem and confidence. Dealing with the problem becomes even more disheartening because of all the false promises and deceptive advertising that showcases models with thick lustrous hair that they claim is a result of using their products. Unfortunately, we learn from trial and error that such claims are mostly misleading. In fact, most commercial cosmetic products contain harsh chemicals that actually cause further damage to hair. If you’ve had such experiences, don’t give up just yet. Instead, take a page from Ayurved and explore herbal hair oils that are known to promote hair growth. The best of these hair oils would be bhringraj hair oil, which has been used for millennia and is even recommended in classical Ayurvedic texts.
What is Bhringraj Hair Oil?
Bhringraj hair oil is herbal hair oil that is formulated with the herb bhringraj, which is botanically described as Eclipta alba. Although there are many variations bhringraj oil that are available, the best bhringraj oil will always contain bhringraj as the primary ingredient. This plant that is native to India is often used in combination with carrier oil like coconut or almond oil, but may also be combined with other herbal extracts and herbal oils.
In Ayurved, bhringraj is recognized for its cooling properties and it is most highly recommended as a treatment for hair fall, balding, and other hair disorders. Bhringraj oil has a long history of use in this context and it is regarded as balancing for all doshas, but most importantly it helps to pacify pitta dosha. This is significant because pitta aggravation is known to play a major role in hair thinning, balding, and hair damage. The cooling properties of bhringraj oil can help to counter the heat of pitta, providing relief from a number of conditions that are linked to pitta imbalances, such as alopecia or hair loss, folliculitis, seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff, scalp psoriasis, and tinea capitis or scalp ringworm.
This traditional Ayurvedic knowledge isn’t just based on classical texts, but is also supported by modern research into age old Ayurvedic solutions. In fact, clinical studies have highlighted various bhringraj benefits aside from its potential as a hair treatment or hair growth oil.
Benefits of Bhringraj Oil for Hair Care
Promotes Hair Growth
This benefit of bhringraj for hair care is perhaps the most important and valuable to most people. Research shows that the regular use of bhringraj hair oil can reduce the time taken for hair growth, thereby increasing hair volume to counter the effects of hair loss and hair thinning. Similarly, a study that examined at the effectiveness of a number of herbal hair formulations containing bhringraj found that the use of such products improved regeneration and hair growth time. Notably, they observed an increase in the number of hair follicles during the anagenic phase, which translates into thicker hair. Additionally, bhringraj has high vitamin E content, which can reduce free radical damage that is linked to hair damage.
Hair fall and hair loss are often a result of scalp infections and problems like seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff. Bhringraj hair oil is extremely effective as a natural dandruff treatment because of proven antimicrobial and antifungal effects. As bhringraj exhibits anti-inflammatory effects it can also reduce scalp inflammation that is linked to not just dandruff, but other scalp conditions like psoriasis. This reduction in inflammation and itching ultimately results in reduced hair fall.
Grey hair may not be as problematic as hair thinning and balding as you can always dye your hair and hide the greying. However, it’s still something that most of us would like to avoid or delay as far as possible. Although graying of hair is an inevitable result of aging and is influenced by genetic factors, the regular use of polyherbal Ayurvedic hair oils like bhringraj hair oil, is said to prevent or delay the process.
Other Health Benefits of Bhringraj Oil
Natural Stress Reduction
Bhringraj oil and herbal oils containing bhringraj are commonly used in Ayurved as a treatment for stress and anxiety disorders, including tension headaches. The ingredient is also used in Ayurvedic medicines for stress and anxiety. There is evidence to support such uses of bhringraj as it shows potential as a natural nootropic agent, which means that it can support brain function, enhance cognitive function, and strengthen focus. Studies also show that bhringraj possesses sedative and anxiolytic properties that are known to lower stress and anxiety levels, also relieving insomnia and sleep disorders. Additionally, bhringraj is known to contain magnesium, which is an essential nutrient for muscle relaxation, sleep, and mood regulation.
Relieves Skin Disorders
Although best known for its hair care benefits, bhringraj oil can also be used to treat a wide range of skin conditions, especially those involving dry skin or skin inflammation. The oil is helpful in such situations because of its cooling and soothing effect on account of anti-inflammatory properties. The antimicrobial effects of bhringraj may also help to fight some types of skin infections. When used as a topical application for skin care, bhringraj oil may be more effective when combined with other herbs known to promote skin health.
How to Use Bhringraj Oil for Hair Care
When using bhringraj for hair growth, it’s important that you only use bhringraj products that are 100 percent natural and from a trusted source. Bhringraj does not need to be the only ingredient and some of the best bhringraj oils are actually polyherbal blends with other herbs like amla, brahmi, jatamansi, and nagarmotha. Just make sure that bhringraj is the first listed ingredient (like in Herbocool) as this means that it is the primary ingredient in the Ayurvedic hair oil.
To use bhringraj hair oil to strengthen and promote hair growth, simply massage your scalp gently with the hair oil at least once day. You need to be consistent with this practice as it won’t produce results overnight. After massaging your scalp for around 5 to 15 minutes allow the oil to stay on for up to an hour before rinsing your hair. When rinsing, avoid using cosmetic shampoos with harsh chemicals. Instead, just use regular water or a herbal hair cleanser.
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