plant | Karisalankanni plant whose botanical name is Eclipta Alba is an
amazing plant with wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. It is
especially very well known in India for promoting hair regrowth. It is
also well known for treating eye and liver problems too. Bhringraj is
the Hindi name and Karisalankanni is the Tamil name. It is called
Guntagala Aku in Telugu, False Daisy in English, Gargamuru in Kannada,
Tekaraja in Malayalam, Bhangra in Punjabi, Bhangro in Gujarati and
Kesuriya in Bengali. There are two varieties of bhringraj that are very
commonly found all over India, one produces white flowers and the other
produces yellow flowers. Though both are used for making bhringraj oil
the white variety is most preferred as it gives the best results.
Chemical Constituents: Some of the chemical constituents isolated from
bhringraj are alkaloids, thiopenes, flavonoids, triterpenes,
polyacetylenes and coumestans. Medicinal Uses: Bhringraj has pain
relieving (analgesic), protective (anti mytotoxic and anti hepatotoxic),
anti bacterial, anti haemorrhagic, anti hepatitis, antioxidant, hair
growth promoting, and anti cancer properties. You can read the study
proving the anti cancer properties here. You can read the study proving it’s anti hepatitis properties here.
Another interesting use of bhringraj that not many know of is it’s
ability to kill the Aedes variety mosquitoes which are responsible for
chikungunya, you can read the study that proves it here.
Like I mentioned before bhringraj has been used for promoting hair
growth from ancient times. It is also used for treating dandruff, hair
loss, grey hair and strengthening the hair follicles. This traditional
use has been proven through clinical research, you can read the study
that proves it here. It
also has a positive effect on our nervous system. It has a calming
effect, reduces aggressiveness, improves our memory and greatly helps in
learning, you can read the study that proves it here. Since
it has antihyperglycemic properties, consuming bhringraj will have a
positive effect on diabetic patients. Also it greatly improves immunity
when taken internally. How To Use Bhringraj For Hair Growth? The
best way to use bhringraj for hair growth is by using it in the form of
hair oil. Bhringraj hair oil is an amazing hair
treatment that solves many hair problems. How To Make Bhringraj Powder?
To make bhringraj powder, take bhringraj plant, wash well and sun dry
till crisp and powder in a dry mixer and store. Bhringraj Dosage: For
health reasons, take 2 teaspoons of fresh bhringraj juice a day. If you
don’t get fresh leaves, you
can try using the bhringraj choorna that is available everywhere now. If
you don’t like to consume bhringraj powder (bhringraj choorna) then try
capsules, If taking in capsule form, take 1 bhringraj tablet per day
(250 mg). I prefer to use only the fresh herb. I always grow
bhringraj plant in the garden and I strongly suggest that you grow this
amazing herb in your garden too to enjoy it’s many health benefits.
This plant needs very little to no maintenance. Regular watering and
little bit of natural manure will be enough to maintain this wonderful
plant. In Tamil Nadu, bhringraj is considered a sacred herb and is
valued very highly for it’s hair promoting properties and for improving
the overall health. Including bhringraj (karisalankanni) in
the diet regularly will prevent anemia and all liver related diseases.
Try to include this herb in the diet of young children too. If consumed
an early age, it will protect them from many diseases. The best way to
consume it is to include it in our dhal or
just make a simple filling for dosa by frying onions in little bit of
oil and then add the greens and saute well till it is reduced in
and is cooked. Now add little bit of pepper powder, salt and little bit
of freshly gated coconut. Saute well till there is no moisture left. Use
this as a filling for dosas, sandwiches and rotis. Continue to include
this herb both in the diet and as an hair oil regularly to get beautiful
shiny hair and healthy body. Side Effects: This plant is generally very
safe if had in the mentioned dosage and if consumed as regular greens
in our food it rarely causes any side effects. But if you take bhringraj
capsules and over consume them, it might have some side
7 Amazing Hair, Skin & Health Benefits of Bhringraj | Karisalankanni
1. Bhringraj Hair Oil for Hair loss, Grey Hair & Hair Regrowth:
The best way to use bhringraj for hair is by making a hair oil with it, bhringraj oil has amazing hair benefits. It prevents hair fall,
premature greying, strengthens the hair roots, conditions the hair well,
prevents split ends, stimulates hair growth, prevents baldness, premature greying and alopecia – in short everything that
is needed for a healthy hair. Nowadays bhringraj oil is marketed
everywhere but you can make your own pure bhringraj oil at home very
easily. I prefer to use homemade coconut oil that is not refined for
making this oil and I would strongly suggest that you do the same for
best results. This oil can be made in
two ways, the first method is made by grinding the bhringraj leaves
without water and making it into small rounds and then sun drying it
till crisp. Then the rounds are added to coconut oil in a glass jar and
placed in hot sunlight till the color of the oil changes. This method
takes around 3 to 4 days for the bhringraj balls to dry and for the coconut oil
to get heated up. This method is best done during hot summer months. I made the bhringraj hair oil using the second method which is done by directly heating the paste in
coconut oil. This oil has a beautiful green color and a unique pleasant
smell. When I made this oil, the whole house was smelling of this oil.
To use this oil, massage it well into the scalp before having your hair
wash regularly and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. This oil stores
well for up to 3 months at room temperature.
2. Bhringraj Powder for Baldness:
This bhringraj hair pack made with bhringraj leaves will prevent baldness. To make the hair pack, take equal quantities of bhringraj powder, amla powder and methi powder in a cup. Mix the powders well together, now add enough yogurt till it forms a thick but spreadable paste. Apply this hair pack all over the scalp, wait for 15 minutes before washing it off. If you have access to fresh bhringraj leaves, the bhringraj powder in this pack can be substituted with it. Bhringraj when used regularly as a hair pack, treats all scalp problems and will greatly help promote new hair growth. Even with hereditary baldness, regular use of bhringraj will have a positive effect. I would suggest using this hair pack weekly once or twice for best results. Regular use is the key to getting the full hair benefits of bhringraj. If using fresh plant paste, both varieties of bhringraj plant can be used.
3. Bhringraj for Liver:
Bhringraj is a liver tonic. Like keelanelli, bhringraj is also used widely for treating liver disorders. When compared to our elders, we are increasingly eating out nowadays. Regularly eating junk food or food that has been mass produced that emphasis only on the taste plays havoc with our liver. Last week, I was talking to a person who cooks regularly for marriages about adding synthetic colors to food. He said that not only him but almost all the cooks that he knows off adds synthetic colors to all the chutneys, sweets, even certain gravies to get the appealing bright color. No wonder each time we have food outside, the next day we feel so sluggish and tired. One best remedy is to include liver cleansing herbs in our diet. Adding bhringraj to our diet keeps our liver healthy. You can simply steam the finely cut and cleaned bhringraj leaves in a steamer and consume. It can also be had along with dhal or as a stuffing for bread, roti, etc. It can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for palak| spinach. Try to use bhringraj at least weekly once in the diet. In our village, the water decoction of equal parts of bhringraj and keelanelli along with tiny pinch of turmeric is used as a remedy for treating hepatitis.
4. Bhringraj Juice For Skin & Eyes:
In my personal experience, home remedies work wonderfully for skin related diseases. Bhringraj leaves are amazing for treating all minor skin related diseases as it has wonderful anti bacterial properties. Bhringraj juice is very effective for treating cracked heels and minor skin allergies. To get the bhringraj juice, take the fresh leaves of bhringraj plant, wash and pound it in a mortar and pestle as finely as you can. Now take the pounded mixture in a strainer and press with a spoon to extract the juice completely. Apply this juice directly on the affected area continuously for a few days to see results. This juice also helps in faster healing of wounds and it is best applied when it is fresh. We also use bhringraj while making kajal, we apply the keelanelli juice on the brass plate and place it over a small lamp that is filled unrefined sesame oil. Once the soot is collected, we take it in a plate and mix it with ghee and use as kajal. Kajal made with keelanelli has a cooling effect on the eyes.
5. Bhringraj for Cold & Cough:
Bhringraj is great for treating cold and cough. For the remedy, take a handful of fresh bhringraj leaves in a mortar and pestle. Extract the juice by pounding it along with little boiled water and strain. Now add a few drops of honey to this strained mixture. This mixture is very effective for treating cold and cough. This remedy can be given to both children and adults. This mixture should be consumed once every day for 3 days in empty stomach for best results.
6. Bhringraj for Anemia:
A simple homemade soup made with bhringraj leaves treats anemia very effectively as bhringraj is very high in iron. To make the soup, heat little bit of homemade ghee in a pan and season it with cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds splutter, add 1 finely sliced large onion, 2 finely cut garlic clove and then 1 small tomato, saute well and add the bhringraj leaves. Once it is fried well, season with salt and pepper. Add water till it is fully immersed in water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Switch off, mash it with a hand blender and strain. This soup if had daily for a few days will treat anemia very effectively.
7. Bhringraj for Sinus Infection:
Bhringraj is very effective for treating sinus infection. For the remedy, take a handful of bhringraj leaves in a pan. Pound 1/4 tsp peppercorns coarsely in a mortar and pestle and add it to the bhringraj leaves along with 3 pinches of organic turmeric powder. Boil till it reduces in quantity and strain. This home remedy works very well for treating all sinus related problems. But make sure that the peppercorns are coarse, else the mixture will be very spicy. This remedy can be used for young children too but reduce the quantity of peppercorns…..