Bhringraj is a medicinal herb hugely recommended by Ayurveda for hair growth. Bhringraj, commonly known as false daisy is grown widely in India. It is known as karisalankani in Tamil, galagara in Telugu, kesuriya in Bengali, kannunni in Malayalam and bhangaro in Gujarati. The host of plant compounds in Bhringraj is used in treating various health conditions. The wealth of nutrients in Bhringraj include vitamins D, E, calcium, magnesium, iron and certain chemical compounds like alkaloids, flavonoids, polyacetylenes and coumestans all contributing to its medicinal value. Bhringaraj is a creeping herb that grows to a height of 3 metres. It has a long stalk and white coloured flowers which are solitary, winged and about 6 to 8 mm in diameter. The leaves are sessile, lance-shaped and arranged in the opposite orientation. It has distinct cylindrical and grey coloured roots. The herb mostly grows in the moist regions of India, China, Nepal, Thailand, and Brazil.
Known as a sacred herb in South India, Bhringraj is valued very highly for it’s wonderful uses. Due to it’s anti inflammatory properties, Bhringraj is also used as a fever reducer and pain reliever. It is widely recommended for hair as a natural conditioner and a cooling agent. It helps to rejuvenate kidneys and liver. It is also used in hepatitis, enlarged spleen and skin disorders. The umpteen beneficial properties of Bhringaraj include being a hair vitalizer, appetizer, stimulating a digestive fire, helping in eye problems, helps destroy toxins, enhance stomach fire, helps in digestion, supports in skin disease, helps reduce inflammation, support in bleeding disorders, improve eyesight and anti-ageing qualities. Imbued with these potent properties, bhringaraj is extensively used for treating a host of health issues like hair problems, skin and tooth infections, worm infestations, cough, cold, asthma, anaemia, inflammation, leprosy, and other infections.