Botanical name: Eclipta alba

Family: Asteraceae


Bhringaraj is a creeping herb that grows to a height of1to 3 feet . It has a long stalk and white coloured flowers which are solitary, winged and about 6 to 8 mm in diameter. The leaves are sessile, lance-shaped and arranged in the opposite orientation. It has distinct cylindrical and grey coloured roots. The herb mostly grows in the moist regions of India, China, Nepal, Thailand, and Brazil.
Bhringaraj is widely mentioned in several ayurvedic scriptures as bhring, markav, angarak, keshraaj, bhringaar, and keshranjan. The Sanskrit scriptures of Raj Nighantu categorises bhringaraj into three types:
• Shweta Bhringaraj (possesses white coloured flowers)
• Peet Bhringaraj (possesses yellow coloured flowers)
• Neel Bhringaraj (possesses blue coloured flower

Chemical composition:
The principal constituents of Eclipta alba are Coumestan derivatives like Wedololactone, Demethylwedelolactone, Desmethyl-wedelolactone-7glucoside and other constituents are Ecliptal, β-amyrin, Luteolin-7-O-glucoside, Hentriacontanol, Heptacosanol, Stigmasterol.

Bhringraj powder is very beneficial to prevent hair fall due to its Keshya (hair growth enhancer) property. It helps to maintain good digestion and appetite due to its Ushna (hot), Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestion) properties. It also helps to prevent constipation due to its Rechana (laxative) property.


  1. Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medical system that has used bhringraj for various reasons such as Hair Benefits- bhringraj oil was used to stop premature graying of hair.
  2. Blood Pressure- bhringraj’s effects on blood pressure in humans.
  3. Cholesterol-Bhringraj lowered thecholesterol
  4. Bhringraj has antimicrobial properties, suggesting that the oil could potentially be used to control dandruff.
    Is Bhringraj safe?
    Yes, consumption of Bhringraj might be helpful in hair growth. Bhringraj is one of the main constituents for herbal preparations used in the management of hair loss due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. It also helps fight hair fall and greying of hair


Use of bhringaraj should be avoided while pregnancy It should be use under the prescription of physicians.