Mahabhringaraj Oil Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Mahabhringaraj Oil is a herbal oil used in Ayurvedic treatment for hair fall, headache, neck pain and stiffness, eye and ear diseases. This medicine is most commonly used in North Indian Ayurveda practice.


It improves hair strength and promotes hair growth, broken hair, split hairs, useful in receding hair line.
It is useful in treating headache, ear ache, diseases of ear, nose and eyes.
It is also useful in the treatment of Alopacia and premature baldness.
It is useful in grey hair and split hair problems.
It is also useful in treating gray hairs and gray beard. It can promote the growth of beard in men.

Mode of Usage

It is advised to do a procedure called as Nasya where, oil drops are instilled into the nostrils.
It can be used in place of hair oil.
It is also used in Ayurvedic treatment procedures like Shirodhara, Shirobasti, etc.
This oil can be applied 1 hour before bath or even after taking bath, as normal hair oil.

Duration of usage
It can be used for a period of many months. The hair results can be seen after application for one month.

How to wash off the hair oil?
Wait for at least 30 minutes before washing hair. Longer the delay, better (except for very oily hairs). It is best to use herbal hair wash powders to wash off the hair oil. One or two rounds of wash with hair wash powder will get rid off oil from hair. It is very fine, even if some amount of oiliness remains on the hair.
Traditional treatises mention cold water to wash hair and face. (Reference: Ashtanga Sangraha, Sutrasthana, Dinacharya chapter). But to wash oily hair, lukewarm water can also be used. Avoid very hot water for hair wash.

Side Effects

The oil as such does not have any side effects on external application. Some people may observe hair fall in initial few days. This is normal but hair regrowth starts after 2 – 3 weeks time.


In this herbal oil, the herbs are infused in the medium of sesame oil along with herb water decotion. Then the solid waste herb materials are filtered out. Thus, this oil contains oil soluble and water soluble phyto-active principles of medicinal herbs.


 Bhaishajya Ratnavali Kshudraroga Chikitsa 60/130-135


Mahabhringaraja Taila ingredients:
Bhirngaraja – Eclipta alba
Taila – sesame oil or coconut oil
Ksheera – cow Milk
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Padmaka – Prunus puddum
Lodhra – Symplocos racemosa
Chandana – Santalum album
Gairika – Red ochre
Bala – Sida cordifolia
Rajani – Turmeric – Curcuma longa
Daru Haridra – Berberis aristata
Nagakeshara – Mesua feera
Priyangu – Callicarpa macrophylla
Yashtimadhu – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Prapaundarika – Nelumbo nucifera
Gopi – Hemidesmus indicus


Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Pvt. Ltd., calls this product as Baidyanath Maha Bhringhraj Tel 
Dabur, Gurukul Kangri
Ramkrishna Vidyut Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Pune calls this product as Mahabhringraj regrowth Hair Oil.
Some manufaturers call it as Maka Mahabhringaraj Oil.
Some manufacturers may add mineral oil to it.


HI everyone, I am here to assure you all that this mahabringaraj oil is a wonderful oil. My hair had suffered from long processing hence split ends and hair fall, I had dandruff and my other parts of the body were all with scaly rashes especially the forearms and the legs. First time I used this oil I must admit I think my skin reacted and it itched allover for about ten days. Afterwards, the itching started to go and the whole body peeled a very strange powder off me everywhere on the body. It was so scary… but when all this stopped and everything started going back to normal I noticed that my skin on my legs and arms was smoother than before.. Unbelievably, the dandruff was gone. This all happened in about 6 weeks and today I use the oil like once a month and you should see my hair…. Wow! Did I even mention that am Black ethnic but this oil did not repel me it simply did it’s beautiful beautiful. I urge you all to use it faithfully. It works!

During pregnancy, lactation

If you were using this oil before pregnancy without any allergic reaction, you can continue using this oil even during pregnancy.
If you have not used this product before and wish to use it during pregnancy, better to consult a doctor because it can cause skin allergy in some rare cases.
It is generally considered as safe to use during lactation, however consult your doctor for the right advice.

Can this product be applied after steam therapy?
No. Oil is best applied before steam therapy. This is as per basic Ayurvedic principles. 

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

149 thoughts on “Mahabhringaraj Oil Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

  1. Hello sir, much thanks for your articles. Can you please tell which oil is best to treat premature baldness in females. Should one use home made bhringraja oil or buy mahabhringraja oil from dabur or baidyanath.

    • Thanks for your reply sir. I am using this oil and it is more than a month, but i could not find any result out of it. i am still loosing my hair as before..

      • I would suggest you to warm the mahabhringraj oil with caster oil, put the oil on scalp (roots of hair) with the help of cotton… keep it overnight then wash next day with mild shampoo. Repeat the procedure once or twice in a week… It definitely works and i have seen the drastically good results.

  2. Sir.. My hair started gray and thin, and I am also having acne on my face, chest and back.. I heard useing hair oil lol get more acne. So Which hair oil I have to use so my hair and skin both look good..

  3. Sir, I am using this oil for about a month, still I haven’t seen any decrement in my hair fall. I apply it twice a week with 5 minute massage at night and then wash next morning. Does it really give desired results? Or should I need to change my way of using it? Please reply as I am having severe hair fall.

    • If the root cause of hair fall is not limited to hair quality or scalp health, (such as hormonal imbalances, lack of nutrition etc) then mere oil application might not be useful.

  4. Does the product have to be washed out each time it is placed on the scalp? I am AA and do not wash my hair daily.

  5. grey hair are treated by this?. I m 28. have to use colour. hv started this oil from last month. using weekly once. any time bound that when my white hairs ll become black.heavy hair fall too

  6. sir i have tried every ayurvedic oil and medicines but my hair fall is not stopping and i have bald areas on the top portion of the scalp.
    please guide me what to do to regrow my hair.
    my age is 28 years.

    • only external application oil may not be beneficial in some of the conditions like nutrient deficiency or alopecia etc. you may also need some oral medications and shirodhara kind of treatment for which you have to consult an Ayurveda doctor.

  7. It is not necessary to mix with coconut oil since it is having either of coconut or sesame oil as its ingredient. Mere application of oil over hair does not help in any scalp condition. You should have to apply the oil to the root and massage the scalp for about 15 minutes and take bath next morning. It is better to do this thing twice a week so that your scalp’s dryness will be reduced. And it is not effective applying oil on wet hair, instead while travelling it facilitates dust to accumulate over your scalp which in turn may increase dandruff, dryness or hair fall.

  8. Sir i have hair problem from last 3 year. i have use 6 moth hair for you it work but when i stop using again start hair fall. Can mahabringraj oil stop my hair fall.

  9. Hello Sir,

    My age is 26 and having most of the grey hair. Can this oil useful for turning grey hair into black again.I am eating amla since long but no result.

  10. Massage the oil gently onto the scalp and leave it on for a few hours. Then wash it off with a mild shampoo or even better, a mixture of shikakai and soapnut powder.
    After a few weeks of using mahabhringraj oil, you are bound to notice a gradual change in the quality of your hair.

  11. It is advised to do a procedure called as Nasya where, oil drops are instilled into the nostrils.
    It can be used in place of hair oil.

  12. sir can it be used every day as hair oil with out washing every day and washing once in a week to stop white hair as i am of 62 years

    • Hello Sir, It is advised to apply at night and take bath in the morning or apply it one hour before bath (hair wash).

  13. Hello sir i have lots of white hair and my beard is also getting white??? Does message of dabur mahabhringaraj oil helps in reversing my white hair??? Please tell me how to apply

    • Namaste, You can use Maha Bhringaraj taila. Do include iron, copper, iodine and Vitamin B rich foods in your diet.

  14. Hi sir i applied combination of mahabhringraj oil and castor oil today bt it made my hair dry and had lots of breakage. Should i continue with it or should i apply only mahabringraj oil?

  15. Hello sir I’m 44 I have thinning hair due to alopecia will this oil help? If so what is the best way to apply the oil?

  16. hello sir, I m using this oil since from 2 months. But i am getting hairfall . May i know why is it so……

    • In some cases the hair fall can be due to physical causes such as lack of body nourishment, hypothyroidism etc. You may require some oral medicines. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

  17. Hi Dr JV Hebbar. I have this oil but not the brand listed above. I really like this oil, but the brand I use contains a ingredient called “Permitted Colour – Cos oil Green DVR” I can’t seem to find any information on this ingredient? I think it might be a chemical? Can you confirm that the product that you have advertised is completely natural? Thanks Luke

    • Dear Luke, it appears to be a chemical colouring agent. Sorry that I cannot confirm that no brands mix any chemical / coloring agents, even the brands that I have mentioned.

      • Hello sir..main 1 month se oil use kar rahi hu lekin mere bal bohat zhad rahe hye ….kya iss oil se pehle pehle bal zhad te hye….please Tell me

  18. Sir mai baidyanath ka mahabhringraj tel lga rha hun. Ise lagane ke bad jab mai next time ganja(all clean hair on scalp) hua tab mere scalp me dane ho gye the. Kya ye tel mujhe reaction kar rha hai? Mujhe ye tel continue lagana chahiye ya chhod dena chahiye..please help sir..
    Thank you..

  19. Sir kya aap muje bata sakta hai jab mai on an on hair oil lagta hun To mera 4 se 5 bal girte hai jo normal bola ja rha h lakin kya wo bal vaps ugte hai

  20. Hello sir. Looking at other oils available in my area, I found kesh taila. Do not know if this is a traditional formula. First herb is bhringaraj and others include brahmi amalaki and jatamamsi. Any thoughts of how it compares? For hair, I will likely alternate the two.

  21. Sir i started having sudden hair. Earlier i was using coconut oil and normal shampoo now after switching to herbal oils nd shampoo i cannot see any result. Should i go for allopathic treatment or try for this oil also ?

  22. Hello Dr.

    I have a query. I have seen different type of Bhringraj Oil products. One used to come in Green Bottle and now i see it in Red Bottle. Also, I see both and How will someone know which product is the real and right one.

    Please suggest.

  23. i have been using it from july 2016 almost 5 months passed cant see any difference..saw little hair growth fr few days bt stopped again losing hair i have dandruff little is gone…i hv very thing hair….

  24. Dr please tell me wat to do as i have been using it since july 2016… 5 months passed please tell how long it takes to react to hair i use it every 2 weeks before to bath n sumtyms daily also

  25. Hi
    my name is Akash sharma live in noida my age 37 year, i have my hair loss in top of head and front also please consult me how to improve my hair and what is the procedure of your product…how long use and how much qty……………….

  26. Hi sir , I use badyanath mahabhringraj oil from last 2 week . It is looking very effective. Which medicine good for hair regrowth can u tell me please