We all want thick, lustrous, and healthy hair and we are willing to go lengths to make that happen. Hair packs, hair treatments, serums, shampoos, vitamin supplements - chances are you’ve tried it all but only to observe a little or no change!
Are you wondering where your efforts are lacking? Well, sometimes it’s the simplest things that can bring the best results. According to Ayurveda, this simple secret to hair health is regular oil massage.
In Ayurveda, there’s a special significance of oils derived from herbs, also known as herbal oils. Centuries-old Ayurvedic text describes many useful herbs for hair. Among all of them, there stands out a clear winner - Bhringraj, the king of herbs!
Also known as False Daisy, Bhringraj is a miraculous herb hailing from the sunflower family. The leaves of Bhringraj tree are used to prepare Bhringraj oil, the most beneficial oil for hair growth.
What is Bhringraj Oil?
Bhringraj oil is an oil derived from the leaves of the Bhringraj plant that is cultivated in the humid tropical regions across the world. The oil has special significance in Ayurveda and medical science. Enriched with the goodness of nature, Bhringraj oil is rich in nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin E, magnesium, polypeptides, steroids calcium, vitamin D. The oil is also rich in proteins that make it even more beneficial for hair.
What are the benefits of Bhringraj Oil for hair?
Bhringraj works like a miracle to solve hair care problems like hair fall and premature graying. According to Ayurveda, it’s a ‘Rasayana’ that has special properties of age reversal and rejuvenation. The most common way of using Bhringraj on hair is in the form of Bhringraj oil.
Let’s look at how Bhringraj oil benefits hair -
1. Treats dandruff and dry scalp
Bhringraj oil is dense and has a higher specific gravity as compared to other oils. For this reason, it can penetrate deep into the scalp and treat dryness. Bhringraj oil can be warmed and applied to hair to treat dandruff. It also provides relief from the itchiness and greasiness caused by dandruff.
2. Treats baldness and helps in hair growth
Regular massage with Bhringraj oil improves blood circulation. When the nutrients present in the oil reach the root of the hair, they strengthen the hair follicles and prevent baldness. These nutrients present in the oil help in facilitating the growth of hair.
3. Prevents hair fall
Did you know that stress is one of the biggest reason behind hair fall? Bhringraj oil is a natural therapy for hair fall with a soothing fragrance. Massaging your scalp and hair with bhringraj oil relaxes the mind and prevents stress-induced hair fall.
Another reason for hair fall is the lack of nutrition in hair. Bhringraj oil is rich in nutrients that provide the hair and the scalp with all the necessary nourishment, thereby preventing hair fall.
4. Promotes hair growth
Did you know massaging your hair with Bhringraj oil can increase the flow of blood to your head? The oil is known to cause vasodilation, a process through which the blood vessels get widened up, resulting in improved blood flow to the roots of the hair. This process promotes hair growth.
5. Prevents graying of hair
Bhringraj leaves are used to obtain black dye, which is used for coloring hair. When combined with Indigo, Balloon Vine and Amla, Bhringraj oil works as a treatment to prevent graying of hair. The combination is available in the form of Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment.
6. Makes hair lustrous
Brigandi is rich in nutrients which provide deep conditioning to hair and bring out the natural shine. The secret to Indians’ lush, glossy hair is a traditional Ayurvedic recipe that consists of potent herbs like Bhrinraj and Amla extracted into pure Sesame oil. This recipe is known as Bringandi oil.
How To Use Bhringraj Oil?
Bhringraj oil can be massaged directly into the scalp. For better results, it can be heated for about 30 seconds before application. Gently massage the oil in circular motions for about 15 minutes and leave it in hair for at least 30 minutes.
How to make Bhringraj Hair Oil?
Bhringraj hair oil is derived from the leaves of the Bhringraj plant.
Here’s a simple process that can be followed to make Bhringraj oil - Spread Bhringraj leaves outside in the sun to dry for two to three days. After that, immerse these dried leaves in a jar of coconut oil or sesame oil. Leave the pot in the sun for another two to three days until the color of the oil changes to light green.
Though Bhringraj oil can be prepared at home, Bhrigandi leaves can be hard to find, and the process of making the oil can be time-consuming. Hence, it’s recommended to buy Bhringraj oil from certified Ayurvedic brands.
The addition of certain other hair-friendly herbs makes Bhringraj oil even more effective for hair. Kama Ayurveda combines Bhringraj with other hair-friendly herbs like Amla, Indigo, Sesame, and Balloon Vines to create a unique hair oil known as Bringadi. Together, these herbs make the oil an intensive hair treatment that prevents hair loss, scalp irriations, dandruff and premature graying.
How To Use Bringadi Oil?
Gently massage Brigandi oil into hair, ensuring that the entire scalp is covered. The treatment works as a natural conditioner if left on for 30 minutes. Cleanse post-treatment with a mild shampoo and warm/normal water.
If you want to warm Brigandi oil, use the indirect warming method. Place the required quantity, in a container into warmed water and let it warm before applying it to hair.
How To Use Bhringraj Oil For Hair Growth?
Bhringraj oil is combined with other hair-friendly Ayurvedic herbs to prevent baldness and hair fall. Together with these herbs, it’s possible to accelerate hair growth.
1. Amla and Bhringraj
Amla or Indian Gooseberry strengthens the hair roots and promotes hair growth. Amla is abundant in Vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen in hair helps in strengthens and helps in growing faster.
You can use Brigandi Intensive Hair Treatment to get combined benefits of Bhrigraj and Amla for hair growth. Alternatively, you can add Amla powder to Bhringraj oil and warm them together before applying to scalp and hair.
2. Indigo and Bhringraj
Indigo is a natural hair dye which also prevents premature greying and promotes hair growth. Indigo powder can be added to Bhringraj oil and warmed before its application on hair and scalp. Alternatively, Brigandi Intensive Hair Treatment can be used. It has the goodness of Bhringraj as well as Indigo and can be used to promote hair growth.
Bhringraj, also known as Eclipta Alba, promotes hair growth, reduces greying and balding and makes the hair darker. It also keeps the hair lustrous. It can be applied on in the form of Bhringraj oil or in the form Kama Ayurveda Hair Oil - Brigandi Intensive Hair Treatment.
Brigandi oil is an all-in-one hair treatment for hair loss, premature graying, dandruff that restores and nurtures damaged hair back to health. It has Bhringraj as one of the key ingredients and provides the hair with all the nutrition and benefits of Bhringraj along with those of other hair-friendly Ayurvedic herbs like Amla, Indigo and Balloon Vines.
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