medicine, also known as Ayurveda, is one of the oldest holistic healing
systems that originated thousands of years ago in India. It believes
that health and wellness are connected and dependent on the balance
between the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda is India’s primary
healthcare system, even today, and more than 90% of the continent’s
population uses some form of Ayurvedic therapy. In the United States
it has more of a complementary healthcare option when many Americans
employing Ayurvedic elements like meditation and cleansing therapies for
the body as a whole.
means “the knowledge of long life” and addresses the well-being of the
entire body both spiritually and physically. One of the amazing benefits
of this holistic healing system is the abundance of Ayurvedic powders
that can be incorporated into our healthy hair care system that many
curlies have embraced. Ayurvedic herbs or powders have a wealth of
benefits and many are drawn to them for natural remedies to everyday
ailments. Many curlies are looking for natural, alternatives coloring to
care for and grow their tresses, so the therapeutic properties have
become popular again. Many have heard of henna, amla, or marshmallow
root, but there is an array of herbs that aid in the health of our
bodies. One becoming a favorite would be the Bhringaraj herb.
Benefits of Bhringaraj Powder
Bhringaraj, an Ayurvedic herb found throughout India, is also known as Eclipta alba.
Bhringaraj is considered a rasayana or a substance that rejuvenates. It
has anti-inflammatory properties, healing properties, and may help to
enhance and improve vision and sense of hearing. Bhringaraj can be used
in a powder form or as an oil; it is all dependent upon your preference
and intended usage.
3 Benefits for hair
- Mask graying–
For curlies looking to combat the gray, this powder is a useful tool.
Sometimes added to indigo and hemp to make natural hair dyes.
- Hair growth–
Bhringaraj powder is considered the best Ayurvedic remedy for hair
loss. This powder is great for stimulating growth if you have a medical
condition, stress, or filling out a receding hairline. Most use it in
this capacity as an oil to massage in the affected areas either as a
pretreatment before a shampoo or a nightly ritual.
- Reliever of scalp infections–
Bhringaraj powder can also be used as a scalp exfoliator and the
anti-inflammatory properties make it great for soothing inflamed scalps
and keeping scalp infections at bay. Great at reducing problematic
Bhringaraj Powder Scalp Exfoliator
- 2 heaping tbsp. Bhringaraj powder
- Water (just enough to mix into a thick paste)
- 1 tsp. of sulfur powder
Mix the powder and water into a thick paste. Use a little water at
first and add drops as necessary. The desired consistency is a thick
paste. Dissolve sulfur powder in a teaspoon of water (it should still be
grainy) and add to Bhringaraj paste. Apply to scalp using circular
motions with fingertips after shampooing. Rinse thoroughly, apply
moisturizer, and style as usual.
Bhringaraj Scalp Stimulator
- 2 tbsp. Bhringaraj powder
- Enough yogurt to mix evenly with powder
Mix powder and yogurt well and apply to affected areas and leave on
for 15 min. Rinse off, shampoo, and style as usual. Can be used weekly.