Botanical Name: Eclipta alba
- English: Trailing Eclipta Plant
- Sanskrit: Bhringa
- Unani: Bhangraa
- Also, known as: Keshranjana, kesharaaja, Maarkava, bhrangaaraka, Bhrangaara, Bhringaraaja, Bhringa, Bhringaja, Tekaraja, Bheemraja, Kesaraja, Kesuiya, kesari, Juntakalagara, Karisalankanni, Karisalai, Guntagalagara, Karisalanganni, Maka, Kannunni, Garujalu, Kodigaraju, Kayyonni, Soppu, Kershavardhana, Gurugada, Bhangaraiya, Bhangro, Bhangaro, Bharngaraja, bheemraja, Kesuriya,Kesari, Karisalaankanni
Habitat: Throughout India
Part Used: Whole plant
Bhringraj is an herbaceous annual plant that grows around 40-50 cm in height, up to 2000 meters on the hills, a common weed of moist places found throughout India. This plant is likely native to the Indian subcontinent has spread across the world and is widely used in Ayurvedic and herbalism. Roots of these herbs are well developed and several secondary branches arise from the main root up to about 6 mm in diameter, greyish in color and cylindrical.
There are four main varieties of eclipta based on the color of their flowers, but the most common is Eclipta alba. The various Sanskrit names of Eclipta alba that Is Bhringraj, Bhringraja, Bhrungraja, etc. are latterly translated the “King of Hair”, Clearly referring to its traditional reputation Is Ayurveda as an herb supporting hair growth. In India, some of the hair oil products contain Bhringaraj as the main ingredient.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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