Step-by-step guide to growing your own Bhringraj

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As an Ayurveda enthusiast, I've always been intrigued by the healing powers of nature. However, my true love affair with the incredible bhringraj herb didn't blossom until a few years ago when I decided to grow it myself.

You see, I had been struggling with thinning hair and scalp issues for quite some time. No matter what commercial products I tried, nothing seemed to work. That's when a friend versed in Ayurvedic wisdom suggested I give bhringraj a shot.

Also known as Eclipta prostrata, this unassuming little herb has been an essential component of ancient Indian medicine for its amazing benefits for hair, skin, and liver health.

I was intrigued but sceptical - how could one plant be so powerful? Determined to find out, I decided to start growing my own bhringraj.

The Journey Begins

Being an amateur gardener, I did lots of research before taking the leap.

Here's what I learned about cultivating this herb:

Bhringraj is a small, creeping plant with pretty white flowers that thrives in warm, humid climates like India's. 

Here is a step-by-step guide that I followed to grow bhringraj:

Step 1: Seed Preparation

  • Soak the bhringraj seeds overnight in warm water to help break down the seed coat and encourage germination.
  • Drain the excess water from the seeds before planting.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Location

  • Bhringraj prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.5).
  • The plant can be grown in the ground or in containers with adequate drainage holes.

Step 3: Preparing the Soil

  • Loosen the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches and remove any debris or weeds.
  • Mix in well-rotted compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility and drainage.

Step 4: Planting the Seeds

  • Make shallow holes about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, spaced 6-8 inches apart.
  • Place the soaked seeds in the furrows or holes and gently cover with soil.
  • Water the soil gently after planting to moisten it.

Step 5: Watering and Maintenance

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the germination period (1-2 weeks).
  • Once the seedlings emerge, water the plants when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Apply a balanced organic fertiliser every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
  • Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Step 6: Thinning and Spacing

  • Once the seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, thin them out to maintain a spacing of 8-10 inches between plants.
  • This will ensure proper air circulation and prevent overcrowding.

A Low-Maintenance Wonder

One of the best things about growing bhringraj is how low-maintenance it is. This herb doesn't need a lot of pampering to thrive. I focus on:

  • Consistent moisture - allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings
  • Monthly fertilising during growing season to replenish nutrients
  • Keeping an eye out for any pests or fungus, though problems are rare
  • Harvesting leaves/stems  nbbregularly, but never over 1/3 of the plant

Here’s a pro tip: Harvest in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated for maximum potency.

My Hair and Skin Transformation

After harvesting my first batch of bhringraj, I couldn't wait to put it to use. From brewing hair-strengthening herbal tea to whipping up hair oils for my entire family. I experimented with so many recipes and used it in face masks too. The results? Nothing short of amazing!

Within a few months of using bhringraj, my hair felt thicker, stronger and full of beautiful lustre. My complexion cleared up and now had a gorgeous glow. Even some pesky melasma patches on my forehead started fading.

I was amazed that this single plant could work such wonders. But that's the beauty of bhringraj - it's a true gift from nature cherished for millennia by Ayurvedic practitioners for good reason.

If you're hoping to transform your hair, skin or overall well-being, I cannot recommend growing bhringraj enough. This herb is truly magical! With a little guidance and care, you too can cultivate your own supply of this incredible herb. Get ready to unlock bhringraj's profound benefits for yourself.


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