Hair loss is considered normal with people losing between 50 and 10 hairs a day. But as we get older hair loss can become more permanent, and for some people this can be upsetting. While no treatment for hair loss is 100 percent effective, a range of remedies have been explored by experts.
Finasteride and minoxidil are the main treatments for male pattern baldness, recommended by the NHS.
But research has also shown my natural ointments to be effective, such as bhringraj oil.
Bhringraj oil comes from a plant known as ‘false daisy'. The leaves from the plant are usually mixed with a carrier oil to produce bhringraj oil.
Bhringraj oil is also available in capsule and powder form.
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Studies have shown how bhringraj oil could promote hair growth, though much of it has been conducted on mice.
A study carried out in 2008 on male albino rats found using bhringraj oil increased the number of hair follicles, and was more effective than minoxidil at preventing hair loss.
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Bhringraj oil's hair benefits don't stop there - the oil has also been shown to reduce dandruff.
Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp in the hair.
Bhringraj oil has antimicrobial and anti fungal properties that can help reduce dandruff.
Its anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to help psoriasis and other skin irritations on the scalp.
Bhringraj oil may also slow greying.
While grey hair is largely genetic, there have been some reports that bhringraj oil may slow or prevent the greying process.
Grey hair is commonly understood to occur as a loss of pigment (melanin).
But the darkening properties of bhringraj oil may help hair appear less grey.
Some of bhringraj oil's other benefits include muscle relaxation and better sleep, the prevention of urinary tract infections and liver detoxification.
There is some evidence bhringraj can cause chills, particularly when taken orally.
So before ingesting bhringraj orally you should discuss it with your GP first.
If you're using bhringraj oil on your skin for the first time you should do a skin patch test by applying a small amount on your arm and waiting at least 30 minutes for any signs of a bad reaction.