Why is Bhringraj Leaf Beneficial for Hair?

Why is Bhringraj Leaf Beneficial for Hair?

Before answering this, first we must understand the anatomy of our hair. And why do some people have thick and strong hair, while others have thin and weak hair.

What Makes Our Hair—its Anatomy

We already know that our hair, like our nails, is made up of dead cells. That’s why we don’t feel any pain when cutting it. But what is its exact structure?

Our hair and nails are made up of robust protein cells called keratin. Keratins usually come as tightly packed together forming solid layers or blocks of protein. The hair that we see growing outside our skin is made up of keratin, also called the hair shaft. It is lifeless and dead. The hair shaft has 3 distinct layers—cuticle (the outermost layer or the skin of hair), cortex (the middle layer) and medulla (the innermost stem). The only part of hair that is touched by life is the bulb-like structure that lies at its base. We call it the hair root. The hair root is also called hair papilla.

Bhringraj oil stimulates the hair papilla to produce more keratin, turning even weak and thinning hair into long and strong locks.

How to identify bhringraj leaves?

Bhringraj plants are creeping herbs that grow up to 3 meters long. It has small white flowers that grow up to 8 mm in diameter.

Can We Grow Bhringraj Plants at Home?

Yes. Bhringraj plants can be very easily grown at home in flower pots. All you will need is a ‘terminal stem cutting’ of about 10-15 cms long from another bhringraj plant. Plant this cutting in moist earth inside the pot and keep watering it. Keep the pot in a place where it receives the morning sun. In 4-6 weeks the roots will grow, giving you your very own bhringraj plant. To this, if you try avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides, you would also have your very own organic bhringraj plant at home.

Do Bhringraj Leaves Regrow Hair?

Yes! Bhringraj leaves do regrow hair. It has been used since ages in traditional Indian medicine for this very ability. Bhringraj leaves come highly enriched with alkaloids and proteins and are known for their antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. The leaves of the plant contain polypeptides, calcium, vitamins D and E, iron and magnesium that together help with hair growth.

The other benefits of bhringraj leaves for hair include prevention of premature greying, conditioning, hydration and prevention of split ends and frizz.

How to use Bhringraj Leaves;

1. For hair growth:
  • Mix equal amounts of amla powder and bhringraj powder in a bowl. Add some yogurt and stir it well to form a smooth thick paste.
  • Apply it onto your hair and scalp.
  • Keep it for 20-25 minutes before washing it off with water and a mild organic shampoo.
2. For hair health maintenance:
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of bhringraj powder, 15 drops of wheat germ oil and 3 tablespoons of water. Prepare a smooth thick paste.
  • Apply it on your hair and scalp.
  • Allow it to dry.
  • Wash it off with a mild organic shampoo.
3. For preventing hair fall:
  • Mix 2 tablespoons each of bhringraj powder and aloe vera gel.
  • Apply it on your hair and scalp.
  • Keep it for 20-30 minutes.
  • Wash it off with water.
4. For delaying premature greying:
  • Take 1 tablespoon of bhringraj powder and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix them over low heat.
  • Once heated, massage the mixture onto your scalp and hair.
  • Keep it for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off with a mild organic shampoo.
5. For dandruff control:
  • Mix 1 cup of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of bhringraj powder and 1 tablespoon of fenugreek powder.
  • Apply the mixture onto your scalp and hair.
  • Keep it for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off with a mild organic shampoo.
6. For reducing hair dryness and frizz:
  • Take a cup of yogurt. Add 1 tablespoon each of bhringraj powder and shikakai powder into it. Mix well to make a smooth thick paste.
  • Apply the hair mask evenly to your hair and scalp.
  • Let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with a mild organic shampoo.

Do add your valuable insights and relevant experiences as well through your comments below. Also, feel free to engage our beauty and health experts over a one-to-one chat for solving any of your hair related queries. Till then, stay beautiful, stay natural!


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