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Bhringraj, also known as “false daisy” in English, and “kesharaj” or “kesharanjana” in Sanskrit which means “Ruler of the hair” has been used since ages for treating hair problems such as hair loss, premature graying of hair, hair re-growth, etc. Along with its well-known benefits for hair, Bhringraj powder is useful for human health in several different ways. Traditionally, it has also been known as universal medicine because of its multifaceted beneficial properties. Bhringraj powder contains protein, carbohydrate, fats and some essential minerals like Calcium, sulphur etc. Bhringraj powder has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties which are helpful in treatment of various ailments.
This article sheds some light on the benefits of Bhringraj powder, its uses, dosage, and how Bhringraj powder helpful in treatment of different kinds of ailments.
Bhringraj powder has keshya and Rasayana properties which are very beneficial for hair health. It contains protein, carbohydrate, fats, minerals like iron and sulphur. Proteins are the basis on which new cells are formed in our body tissues. It incorporates itself with anti-oxidants like Zinc, Sulphur etc. that not only treat graying of hair but also nourishes roots and strengthens hair, reducing hair fall. It is also used for treatment of dandruff and head lice.
For the best results, mix half-to-one teaspoon of Bhringraj powder in coconut oil and apply on the scalp. Wash off with an organic shampoo after 1 to 2 hours. Repeat this 3 times a week.
Bhringraj powder acts as a very good liver tonic due to its hepatoprotective and antioxidative properties. It balances the Pitta dosha, enhances bile flow, and is used in treatment of fatty liver, jaundice, and liver enlargement.
Bhringraj powder is known for its Pachan (digestive) and Deepan (appetizing) properties, which improves digestion by stimulating Agni (digestive fire). Its antimicrobial properties help treat diarrhea. It relieves constipation and cleans the toxins accumulated in the digestive tract.
Bhringraj powder has Rasayana property and promotes the production of white blood cells which strengthens the immune system in fighting against infections.
Bhringraj powder has Ropan (healing) properties because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory nature that prevents infection in wounds, decreases swelling, and promotes healing. Bhringraj powder is mixed with any oil and applied as a paste on the wounds, ulcers, and boils.
Bhringraj powder helps diabetics better control their blood sugars due to its Deepan (appetizing), Pachan (digestive), and Tikta (bitter) properties.
Bhringraj powder has been shown to reduce arterial pressure and cholesterol levels and thus is considered good for the cardiovascular health.
Bhringraj powder has antioxidant properties that protects the skin from the damage caused due to free radicals which are responsible for the signs of aging. It also protects the skin from the harmful UV rays.
Bhringraj powder has diuretic properties which increases the production of urine, flushes out toxins from the body, and relieves urinary retention.
Bhringraj powder has gastroprotective nature and prevents excessive secretion of gastric juices, thereby maintaining an optimal gut pH. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces the pain and inflammation associated with gastric ulcers.
Bhringraj powder provides relief from symptoms of asthma by dilating the airways because of its bronchodilator effect. It also helps in reducing the accumulation of kapha in the respiratory pathways due to its Ushna (hot) and kapha balancing properties. Its anti-inflammatory nature further relieves the inflammation in the bronchus and suppresses allergic response.
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Bhringraj powder provides relief in migraines, headaches, and joint pains.
Bhringraj powder purifies blood and is antioxidative which helps several skin conditions and allergies. It is also good for healing minor skin cuts and cracked heels.
Bhringraj powder is generally used in the following dosages, though your Ayurvedic physician will be best able to tell you the dosage recommended for your health condition.
250 to 1000 mg
1 to 3 g
Maximum dosage is 9 g per day in divided doses.
Bhringraj powder is consumed in twice or thrice daily intervals.
It should be consumed before meals with lukewarm water, honey, or cow’s ghee to help with respiratory illnesses such as asthma, etc.
It should be taken with jaggery (gur) to relieve hyperacidity and indigestion.
Consume it with milk for chronic fevers.
Take it with sugar or mishri for jaundice and other liver problems.
Apply it as a paste mixed with an oil for hair and skin problems.
Though, it is most widely known for the goodness it provides to hair, Bhringraj powder boasts of numerous other health benefits which have been outlined above. In fact, it is mentioned as a universal medicine in Ayurvedic literatures. It is power packed with nutrients like protein, carbohydrate, fats and essential minerals like calcium, sulphur, etc. which improves the overall health of an individual. Furthermore, Bhringraj powder is ingrained with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, gastroprotective, diuretic properties, which essentially optimizes the functioning of all the body systems. Thus, incorporate Bhringraj powder in various ways into your daily life and enjoy great health!
For the best effects, Bhringraj powder should be consumed before meals.
Yes, Bhringraj powder can be consumed by children also, though it is recommended to consult an Ayurvedic physician to know about the correct dosage for the kid’s indication.
Yes, Bhringraj powder has been used for ages for controlling hair loss and also for preventing premature graying of hair. In fact, its name itself means “Ruler of the hair
Bhringraj powder prevents excessive production of gastric juices and relieves hyperacidity, indigestion, and constipation.
Yes, Bhringraj powder controls high blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and is good for cardiovascular health.
No. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume Bhringraj powder as its safety is not well documented in this group.