Natural Hair Flower Power: Bhringraj (Eclipta prostrata)
Scientific name: Eclipta prostrata (syn. Eclipta alba) commonly known as false daisy, yerba de tago, and bhringraj, is a species of plant in the family Asteraceae. This plant has cylindrical, grayish roots. The solitary flower heads are 6–8 mm in diameter, with white florets. The achenes are compressed and narrowly winged. This species grows on the foot hills of Northern India as well as moist places as a flowering weed in warm temperate to tropical areas worldwide. It is widely distributed throughout India, China, Thailand, and Brazil.*
Flower Power for Natural Hair Care: Bhringraj (Eclipta prostrata)
Bhringraj (Eclipta prostrata) is actually a flowering weed known for its benefits in Ayurvedic medicine. It is reported to improve hair growth and color. A medical study…showed that petroleum ether extracts of E. prostrata decreased the amount of time it took for hair to begin regrowing and to fully regrow.
The leaf extract is considered quite beneficial for natural hair care and has been traditionally used externally on the hair shaft to stop hair loss, promote luxuriant hair growth, stop graying of hair shaft and improve hair color. It’s used as a hair tonic and hair conditioning agent.
Traditionally throughout Asian countries, Bhringraj has also been used from the hair shaft on natural hair to the tips, for preventing baldness, anti-dandruff, anti-lice and revitalizing the hair. Additionally, for centuries, the leaf juice has been boiled with sesame or coconut oil to dye natural hair black or to tattoo the skin.
In fact, the entire plant including the seeds, have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for ages. Today, around the globe, Bhringraj is proven to be effective with numerous benefits both internally and externally, for instance, to improve hair shaft condition.
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Bhringraj is one of the ingredients that Saba Botanical of USA uses in Imbue™ Natural Conditioner, as well as in Lustrous Henna® 100% natural hair dye. Bhringraj is a real benefit to the hair, from the hair shaft at the root, to the ends. No wonder the hair looks and feels radiant and luxurious with regular use, as this author as well as other customer testimonials have experienced. We also carry Pure Bhringraj Powder 100 grams.
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*Source: Wikipedia. 1Kritikar, KR., Basu, BD. 1975. Chronica Botanica Indian Medicinal plants. New Delhi. 2Chopra, RN., Nayar, SL., Chopra, IC.,1955. Glossary of Indian Medicinal plants. C.S.I.R., New Delhi.