Bhringraj belongs to the sunflower family. It is also commonly known as False Daisy. The plant has greyish, cylindrical roots and its solitary flower heads are 6 – 8 mm in diameter and are white in color. The herb tastes bitter, and sharp. The extract is rich in alkaloids and the leaves are rich in proteins. The plant is known for its antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, anti leprotic, anti haemorrhagic, analgesic, anti hepatotoxic, hypotensive and ovicidal properties. It contains various chemicals like polypeptides, steroids calcium, vitamin D, Iron, Vitamin E, magnesium.
Here are the benefits offered by this plant:
Bhringraj oil has amazing hair benefits- it prevents hair fall, premature greying, strengthens the hair from the roots, conditions them well, prevents split ends, stimulates hair growth, and prevents baldness. This oil can be made by grinding the bhringraj leaves without water and moulding them into small rounds and then sun drying till crisp. These rounds are then added to coconut oil in a glass jar and placed in hot sunlight till the color of the oil changes. It is most easily done in summers, and takes 3-4 days. Else the paste of ground leaves can directly be heated in coconut oil too till it attains a beautiful green color. Massage this oil well into the scalp and let it soak for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Due to its wonderful anti-bacterial properties, bhringraj leaves can be used for treating minor skin conditions. Bhringraj juice is very effective in healing cracked heels and minor skin allergies. To make the juice, take the fresh leaves of bhringraj plant, wash and grind finely. Strain the juice out with help of a strainer and apply directly on the affected area for a few days until healed.
Heat equal quantities of its juice with some milk, put few drops of this mixture in your nose. You can also mix it with sandalwood and apply the paste on the forehead for relief from migraine.
Grind fresh washed leaves of Bhringraj with 7 black peppers and make a paste. Consume a tsp every morning, on an empty stomach. You could also mix it with some curd or buttermilk to avoid its bitter taste.
Applying the juice of bhringraj on infectious ulcers can help to heal them quickly. In case of ulcers and boils on hands, thumbs or fingers, apply its thick paste on the ulcer.