Maka is a creeping and moisture-loving herb; it has a short, flat or round stem and small white flowers on a long stalk. It grows 3" tall; the leaves are opposite and lance shaped. Its scientific name is eclipta alba and is also called Bhringaraj, Bhringraj, Babri, Galagara, Gunta-kalagara, Kesharaji, Kesuri, or Mochkand. It is found throughout India and the southwestern U.S. Maka is the main herb for the hair and cirrhosis in Ayurveda. It is believed to prevent aging, maintains and rejuvenates hair, teeth, bones, memory, sight, and hearing. It also rejuvenates the kidneys and liver. As oil, it removes graying, balding, makes the hair darker, and promotes deep sleep.
The Ayurvedic herb bhringaraj, is also known as the “lord of hair” has been used since ancient times to rejuvenate hair and skin. Bhringaraj helps to calm and cool down pitta dosha, strengthening resistance to stress. Premature hair loss and graying is considered a pitta imbalance. Bhringaraj is a rejuvenative for liver and kidneys. It cleanses impurities, improves complexion of the skin and restores color and luster to the hair.