Profiling: Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)

Akin to many Ayurvedic herbs, brahmi is used both medicinally and for hair.  Bacopa Monnieri and Bocopa Monniera are the scientific names used for Brahmi.  And depending on your location, waterhyssop and thyme leafed gratiola are other common names for Brahmi.

brahmi for natural hair

For the hair, the thick leaves of brahmi are dried and ground into a fine paste.  Brahmi’s main role for hair growth is in it’s believed ability to thicken the strands while strengthening the roots.  The scent is dependent on how sensitive one is but in my opinion, like all Ayurvedic powders for hair, brahmi smells like freshly mowed grass.

Most recipes call for mixing brahmi powder with other Ayurveda herbs like Amla, bhringraj, tulsi or neem. And as observed in this video, brahmi powder by it’s self has very little ability to cling to the strands so using it alone might result in only partial benefit as was the case in my experiment.

brahmi for natural hair


Thick mud consistency is difficult to work with.

Brahmi has zero clinging capabilties. It was fairly good on the roots but a complete fail on the strands. My bathroom floor looked like there had been a mud slinging contest.

Rinsing off wasn’t effortless but no complaints. No product residue on scalp once rinsed.

My hair was not hard or dry but the softness was non-existent.

Final Thought: Brahmi, by itself is problematic to work with.  It will be an accent powder  (that is adding a tablespoon to other Ayurvedic powder for hair) for my regimen.


SIDENOTE: Centella Asiatica which is Gotu Kola is a different plant species  from Bacopa Monnieri which is Brahmi. Some companies sell Gotu Kola as Brahmi.  I have no experience with Gotu Kola as far as hair is concerned. It’s doubtful that it would have any negative effects on the hair all the same.