Bhringraj comes in about 4 species with different colored flowers. The white and yellow variety find extensive use in ayurveda. Bioactive components such as oroboside, wedelolactone, demethyl-wedelolactone, eclalbasaponins, β-sitosterol, α-amyrin, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, apigenin, and luteolin present in bhringraj are thought to account for many of its beneficial effects.1
Scan any ayurvedic hair oil or tonic and bhringraj will feature prominently in it. But this medicinal plant's benefits go beyond that for your tresses, earning it a valued place in traditional medicinal systems such as ayurveda, siddha, and unani. From respiratory disorders to skin problems, there's a whole lot that bhringraj, Eclipta prostrata, or Eclipta alba, can address.
1. Promotes Hair Growth
Traditionally, bhringraj leaves are ground into a paste and applied to the scalp and hair to promote hair growth and reduce graying. A leaf extract may be taken orally to aid hair growth from within