10 Benefits & Uses Of Bhringraj Oil & Mahabhringraj Oil For Hair Growth

Both bhringraj oil and mahabhringraj oil have amazing hair benefits and uses. They both arrest hair fall immediately, treat premature greying of the hair effectively along with promoting hair growth. Though both bhringraj oil and mahabhringraj oil have bhringraj leaves as a base, they are different. Bhringraj oil can be easily made at home while mahabhringraj oil is an ayurvedic formulation that is difficult to make at home.

Bhringraj Botanical & Common Names:

The botanical name of bhringraj plant is called Eclipta Alba. 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.

Bhringraj Varieties:

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.

Bhringraj Oil:

We make bhringraj oil regularly at home and usually we make it by boiling bhringraj leaves and amla together in coconut oil and you can find the recipe here. We also get an ayurvedic formulation using bhringraj called mahabhringraj oil.

Bhringraj has been used from ancient times for hair growth and regular use of either one of these oils will greatly treat all scalp problems. Hair growth promoting properties of bhringraj has been proven through clinical research and you can read it here. 

Though bhringraj is the main ingredients in both the oils, the additional ingredients vary a lot. Usually plain bhringraj oil contains additional ingredients like amla, curry leaves, henna leaves, etc and can be easily prepared at home.

Mahabhringraj Oil:

Mahabhringraj oil contains ingredients like Red Sandalwood, Indian Sarsaparilla, Cow’s milk, Licorice, Turmeric, Indian Lotus, Red Ochre, Rubia Cordifolia (Manjistha), Prunus Cersoides, Symplocus Racemosa, Bala root, Barberis Aristata, Mesua Ferrea, Callicarpa Macropphylla (Priyangu), Brahmi and Amla.

To make mahabhringa oil, juices are extracted from the fresh herbs and paste is made out of dry ingredients using cow’s milk. Now all the ingredients are boiled in unrefined sesame oil till the water content completely evaporates. Then the oil is filtered and bottled.

Though you can make mahabhringraj oil at home, it will be difficult for many to get all the ingredients so it is best to get mahabhringraj oil from reputed brands.

Mahabhringraj oil may vary depending on the brand you are buying as each company have their own formulation but usually the additional ingredients to bhringraj are chosen from the ingredients mentioned above. Unlike bhringraj oil which is used only on the scalp, mahabhringraj oil is administrated nasally too for treating headache and poor eyesight.

How To Use Bhringraj & Mahabhringraj Oils For Hair Growth?

Take the oil in a cup and warm in slightly by placing it in hot water. Once warmed, massage it well into the scalp for 5 to 10 minutes gently, leave it on for half an hour before having hair wash. You can also leave it on overnight. Bhringraj Oil Price: The price of bhringraj hair oil varies from 150 to 400 rupees per 100 ml. The price of mahabhringraj oil varies between 100 to 300 rupees per 100 ml.

Bhringraj & Mahabhringraj Oil Side Effects:

Both oils when applied on the scalp does not have any side effects. But when mahabhringraj oil is applied nasally some might experience nasal irritation, nasal burning, throat irritation and sneezing. I would suggest doing nasal administration only under medical supervision…..

10 Benefits & Uses Of Bhringraj Oil & Mahabhringraj Oil For Hair Growth:

1. For Premature Greying:

Both bhringraj and mahabhringraj oil are very useful for premature greying of the hair and will greatly help reverse grey hair if used on a regular basis.

2. For Dandruff:

Both help treat dandruff really really well. To treat dandruff, warm either bhringraj or mahabhringraj oil and massage it well into the scalp at least weekly thrice….

3. For Scalp Infections:

Both the oils have anti bacterial and anti fungal properties so they treat all the scalp infections really well. They can be used as a home remedy for treating scalp infections like scalp psoriasis, scalp ring worm, scalp itchiness, etc really well.

4. Scalp Inflammation:

Scalp inflammation can be caused due to either fungal or bacterial infections and since bhringraj have anti microbial properties, it helps treat both fungal and bacterial infections. And since both oils have anti inflammatory properties, they help bring down the inflammation really well.

5. For Hair Fall:

Both bhringraj and mahabhringraj oil helps strengthen the hair roots and arrest hair fall immediately. If you are suffering from hair fall, I would suggest using either one of the bhringraj oils regularly. You will find that the hair fall stops very very quickly.

6. For Dry Hair & Split Ends:

Bhringraj oil conditions the hair really well. Regular use will soften the hair really well. If you are suffering from split ends, trim your hair at the ends and regularly use either one bhringraj oil. You will never again suffer from split ends and hair dryness.

7. For Baldness:

Regularly applying any one of the bhringraj oils will greatly help regrow hair in bald spots. Some women have bald spots in front hair line which is usually caused by tightly tying the hair into a ponytail or plait. A simple remedy for that is to not tie the hair too tightly and applying bhringraj hair oil on the bald spots daily. It will quickly help get back lost hair.

8. For Hair Growth:

Massaging with any one of bhringraj hair oils will greatly help with hair growth. It improves the blood circulation, stops hair fall and encourages new hair growth. Try to use bhringraj hair oil regularly to see good results.

9. For Headache: 

A warm massage with mahabhringraj oil  is one of the best home remedies for headache. Mahabhraingraj oil should be warmed and massaged gently on the scalp and forehead for treating headache.

10. For Good Eyesight:

Mahabhringraj oil is applied nasally for improving the eye sight but I would highly suggest doing this only under medical supervision as some people experience burning sensation in the throat and nose


  1. Coral crue
    August 30, 2017 / 10:16 am

    This looks brilliant, thank you so much for the recipe!

  2. Shyamala Ajaykumar
    September 12, 2017 / 10:03 am

    plz can you tell me which brand is gud?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Hi Shyamala, I always make my own bhringraj oil at home and have never used store bought ones. Regarding mahbhringraj oil, try "Khadi Mahabhringraj Oil", it is good…

  3. Valarmathy Kumarasamy
    September 26, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Very informative, Thank you

  4. Anonymous
    October 4, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Hi Ramya,Thank you so much for these valuable tips. May I ask about the use of Bhringraj oil on fair hair? Would it make it darker? I am afraid it would make my fair hair black.Thank you in advance.A careful reader of your blog:-)

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Hello, I am not sure about the effect of bhringraj oil on fair hair but in my opinion, it will not darken your natural hair color. My cousin has brownish hair and it didin't change her natural hair color…

  5. Anonymous
    October 12, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Hai ramya im u r biggest fan tanq for u r posts i prepared bringha oil in coconut oil i used only bringha leaves only is it effective for hair growth

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 13, 2017 / 4:50 am

      You can use only bhringraj for making bhringraj hair oil too, it will be effective…

  6. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Tanq ramya

  7. Sow
    March 24, 2019 / 11:15 pm

    Can we add henna leaves in this paste along with bringarJ and amla

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