Karisalankanni, botanically called Eclipta prostrata, is a herb that is found in plenty after rains. This plant, popularly called as bringaraj, is widely used in Ayurveda and Siddha for hair care, skin care and health ailments. The flowers look like a small daisy and hence called as false daisy in English.
They are found in plenty all over India and are used by many common people even today to treat health ailments. There are two types of this plant – one bears yellow flower and the other bears white flowers. White flowers bearing plant is widely used for making hair oil and the yellow flower bearing plant is used for treating hair problems and for general health ailments.
Nutrition values in Karisalankanni
This commonly found herb is nutrition rich. They are good source of alkaloids, thiopenes, coumestans, poly-acetylenes, flavonoids and anti-oxidants. They have medicinal properties to treat body ache, bacterial infections, hepatitis and prevents cancer. They are widely used to treat hair problems – hair fall, hair thinning, strengthen roots, grey hair and dandruff.
Benefits of Karisalankanni
Calms the mind
When this herb is consumed on a regular basis, it helps to reduce aggressiveness, stress in body and mind. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps to strengthen the nerves.
Aids diabetic patients
This herb has the properties to reduce the glucose levels in diabetic patients. The anti-glycemic properties in it, regulates the blood sugar levels. This herb can be consumed like a green, by including in your daily diet or collect the extract and consume it.
When this herb is consumed on a regular basis, it helps to increase the active white blood cells in your body. This boosts the immunity in one person and helps to have a healthy body. Karisalankanni tonic or churna powder will be available in medical shops that can be consumed every day.
Removes toxins from blood
Regular consumption of this herb helps to remove toxins and impurities from the blood. When impurities are removed or drained from blood, you will have a glowing skin, healthy hair and pure blood. Skin does not only glow, but also looks very young and radiant.
Improves health of liver and kidneys
Karisalankanni removes toxins and rejuvenates the kidneys in your body. This herb cleanses and detoxifies the liver and kidneys. Liver disorders like cirrhosis can be prevented by regular consumption of Karisalankanni.
Reduces blood pressure
It helps to improve the blood circulation and reduces blood pressure. It regulates pressure levels and also improves the triglyceride levels in the body.
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory property in Karisalankanni helps to alleviate pain. It also reduces fever when consumed internally. Fresh leaves can be crushed to form a paste and can be applied on the affected area to find relief from pain. This paste can be applied on the fore head to find relief from migraines and headaches.
Treats cough and cold
When the powder of this herb is mixed with honey and consumed, it has the medicinal properties to treat cold, cough and fever. It is one of the popular home remedies to treat cough and cold. It also treats sinus trouble when combined with turmeric.
The power of Karisalankanni flushes out toxins and impurities from the body, makes one’s internal system healthy and youthful. It also rejuvenates the internal organs which works as an effective anti-aging herb.
Benefits for hair
Hair oil prepared with karisalankanni or bringaraj is one of the popularly used hair oil to treat hair fall. This oil can be prepared using fresh leaves or dried leaves or powder of the leaves that is available in shops. This herb can be combined with other essential herbs for hair like amla or Indian gooseberry, tulsi, curry leaves, aloe vera, hibiscus and coconut extract.
This hair oil helps to treat split ends, hair fall, dandruff, grey hair and hair thinning. When this hair oil is used regularly, it can exhibit visible difference the health of the scalp and the thickness of the hair. Especially in the crown area. If you cannot make hair oil, just grind the leaves to form a thick paste and apply on the scalp once a week for better results.
Bringaraj leaf powder can be mixed with yogurt or egg white and applied on the scalp. You need to let it on your hair for an hour and rinse if off with warm water.
When this hair oil is used for a head massage, it can calm down your stressed body and mind. Also induce sleep and reduces anxiety. It is also said that this particular herb can improve concentration, memory and cognitive skills of one person.
Regular use of karisalankanni hair oil can improve the texture of your hair and prevents drying of hair. It is also used to treat a condition called Alopecia.