For centuries, Ayurveda has been known for its contribution in providing treatment for various diseases and even now it is being used for its old age practices. Brahmi is one such herb which helps in boosting the mind. Brahmi is a Sanskrit word that means consciousness and creativity. People believe that it is derived from lord Buddha and it has been used for thousands of years for rejuvenating and supporting the nervous system of our body.
What is Brahmi?
Bacopa monnieri, also known as Brahmi, is a small, mellow herb which naturally grows in muddy, swampy and marshy regions. It has small white or purple coloured flowers and the entire plant including its roots and leaves have lots of medicinal properties. It is seen that this plant boosts brain function, reduces stress and anxiety and has a lot of other beneficial functions.
Brahmi benefits for Skin and Hair
Brahmi plant can be used in numerous ways such as dried or fresh leaves, pills, powder and oil to benefit our entire body function.
Here are 9 wonderful uses for skin and hair health:
1. Anti- inflammatory properties
It is observed that Brahmi tends to inhibit the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines which are responsible for stimulating inflammatory immune response to any injury or disease. It even inhibits various enzymes that plays a vital role in initiating an inflammatory reaction in the body.
This plant has anti-inflammatory properties equivalent to various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) available in the markets. It even reduces the skin inflammation and promotes wound healing.
2. Rich in powerful antioxidants
Brahmi contains various compounds that have antioxidant properties and protects the cell from free radical induced damage. It helps in treating various skin diseases and skin allergies.
Using brahmi powder in the form of a toner, is highly effective as it improves cell regeneration, which in turn keeps the skin younger and brighter.
3. Prevents acne and pimples
If your skin is prone to acne and pimples, it can be used as the best herbal treatment to keep all these problems away. A face mask with turmeric, brahmi powder, hibiscus powder, neem proves to be highly effective for keeping the skin clean and acne free.
4. Improves skin appearance and related concerns
It improves skin melanin pigment, removes toxins and helps in treating problems like skin pigmentation, eczema and psoriasis. It cures acne by treating acne prone skin effectively.
It soothes the skin, clear aggravations and improves the skin texture and complexion. Brahmi clears, improves and protects the skin from various infections. It helps in reviving the glow of the skin and delays the onset of ageing and wrinkles.
5. Offers anti- ageing properties
Collagen present in our skin, decreases as the age increases leading to wrinkles and saggy skin. Brahmi herb contains various antioxidants which help in boosting collagen production and improves the skin texture and complexion. It restores the youthfulness in the skin and delays the onset of wrinkles.
6. Improves overall hair health
It helps in hair growth and improves hair health by forming a protective layer around hair fibres, keeping them lustrous and glossy. It provides proper nourishment to the scalp that is necessary for maintaining the hair health. Since it is rich in various biochemical compounds it helps in treating temporary baldness.
7. Reduces dryness and dandruff
Bacopa monnieri reduces dryness, dandruff, split ends, flakiness and nourishes the root to reduce hair fall. Anti-oxidant properties help to rejuvenate the scalp and promote hair regeneration.
8. Promotes blood circulation in the scalp
Homemade oils with brahmi powder, combined with various other ingredients like amla or other hair boosting herbs, proves to be highly efficient for making hair shinier, longer and stronger. It is the best way to improve the blood circulation of the scalp.
Brahmi oil being rich in Vitamin C reduces the effect of scarring and makes skin smooth and healthier.
9. Prevents hair fall
Brahmi is a well-known growth promoter of hair, and its powder form is widely used for strengthening hair and preventing hair fall. It repairs the damaged hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth. We can use its powder in various forms like hair oil, shampoos, toner and hair mask.
In conclusion, Brahmi, is a miraculous herb known for its medicinal benefits. It is a natural remedy for various problems like skin diseases, cognitive function, heart rate, mental health, Alzheimer's disease, heart diseases and has been widely used since ancient times.
Regular use of Brahmi can help in reducing stress, boosts brain function, reduces inflammation, and joint pains. It is a wonderful treatment for skin and hair problems. Although, the promising health benefit, more research needs to be carried out for understanding the effect of these benefits on humans.