Bhringraj (Known as Karisalankanni in Tamil) is an amazing herb which has a special place in Ayurveda and Siddha for its healing properties. Similar to turmeric, Bhringraj or Eclipta alba leaves find their use in curing various problems, not just when consumed internally, but when topically used for hair.
Below are the health benefits that Bhringraj leaves offer:
Bhringraj juice or extract helps to cure various respiratory disorders such as cough, common cold and strengthens the respiratory system.
It can even cure diseases like tuberculosis including multi-nodular tuberculosis.
The result of the in-vitro anti-tubercular activity of the crude extracts at concentrations of 1 mg/mL, 25 mg/mL, 50mg/mL and 100mg/mL revealed that both the extracts (aqueous and ethanolic) inhibited the growth of the bacterium at MIC of 1 mg/ml.
In-vitro MABA anti-tuberculosis assay of Eclipta Alba (L.) Hassk whole plant. The Pharma Innovation Journal 2017; 6(5): 103-105
A concoction (kashayam) made using Bhringraj leaves, pepper, dry ginger and water can regulate blood pressur.
The raw juice of Karisalankanni is consumed regularly twice or thrice a day to cure jaundice. Another wonderful herb to cure jaundice is ‘Stonebreaker’ or Keezhanelli.
Helps to build immunity in children.
Can promote hair growth and prevent the occurrence of dandruff when used topically for the hair. For this, a hair oil is made using Bhringraj leaves and coconut oil.
Here is how you can use Bhringraj leaves to cure respiratory disorders such as cough, common cold and tuberculosis.
- 10-15 leaves Bhringaj Eclipta alba
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 150 ml Filtered water
- Use filtered water, cleaned Bhringraj leaves and honey for this remedy.
- Take the leaves and place in a mortar.
- Add just about two teaspoon of water for crushing the leaves.
- Crush well into a juice.
- As shown.
- Now dilute the juice with about 100 ml water.
- Add a teaspoon of honey.
- Stir well.