All About the Benefits Bakuchi Oil for Hair

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Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

Bakuchi oil enjoys the reputation of being a natural alternative to retinol. Prepared from the seeds of the bakuchi plant, it is seen as a powerful tonic for hair concerns. Are you also looking for an Ayurvedic remedy for hair concerns? Read out to know how bakuchi oil for hair can prove beneficial.

About Bakuchi Plant

Bakuchi or Babchi is a plant known for its medicinal value. It is native to the tropical and subtropical climate zones across the globe. All parts of the Babchi plant, including the roots, stem, leaves, and seeds are of medicinal importance. However, the seeds are an important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine.

About Bakuchi Oil

Bakuchi oil is an outcome of a multilayered process that begins with soaking 1 part of Babchi seeds in 16 parts of water overnight. In the morning the paste is finely grounded. Sesame oil is added to the grounded paste of Bakuchi and heated until no trace of water remains. 

What Makes Bakuchi Oil so Healthy?

Bakuchi oil packs a rich amount of bakuchiol, an active chemical compound that mimics the properties of synthetic retinol. As bakuchiol is a naturally occurring form of Vitamin A and comprises retinol and its derivatives, it is seen as a potent hair tonic. Bakuchi seed also contains coumarin, volatile oil, flavones, phenols, lipids, and stigmasteroids along with a range of fatty acids namely palmitic, linoleic, oleic, lignoceric, stearic, and linolenic acids.

Benefits of Bakuchi Oil for Hair

Thanks to the rich nutrition profile of bakuchi oil, it confers a range of benefits for the hair. The most pronounced ones are:

Boosts Hair Growth

Bakuchi oil packs a rich dose of powerful phytonutrients. Upon application, they stimulate the hair follicles. The roots thus become active and grow at a faster pace.

Improves Hair Texture

The rich amounts of fatty acids nourish and hydrate the hair cells. The presence of bakuchiol is important for the hair and scalp and works the improve hair texture and hair thickness

Reduces Hair Loss

The topical application of bakuchi oil forms a thin protective layer on the hair shaft. This prevents the tangling of the hair. Bakuchiol adds to the elasticity of the hair strands and therefore prevents hair breakage. Together they help reduce hair fall caused by dry and damaged hair.

Dandruff Control

Bakuchi oil is known for its antifungal and antibacterial traits. Its topical application helps resolve issues of the itchy and flaky scalp and thwarts the growth of dandruff-causing fungi. Its use also provides relief from scalp-related infections/irritations.  

Prevents Premature Graying of Hair

Psoralens is an active ingredient in bakuchi oil. When exposed to sunlight, psoralens trigger the production of melanin. This slows down the process of premature hair graying by providing hair to regain its natural color. 

How to Use Bakuchi Oil for Hair?

To enjoy the many benefits of bakuchi oil for hair, you can use it in any of the following ways:

Hair Oil – Add a few drops of bakuchi oil to a carrier oil for a topical application. Give a gentle hair massage and let it stay for at least one hour. Wash away with regular shampoo.

Hair SerumBakuchi oil is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter available hair serums. Read the ingredient composition and use it as directed.

Hair Masks – Bakuchi oil can be safely added to DIY hair masks for a healthy and refreshing hair experience. 


Bakuchi is a marvelous Ayurvedic herb. Its naturally rich nutrition profile makes it a go-to remedy for several healthy conditions. It’s the seeds of the Bakuchi plant that hold high therapeutic benefits. But remember bakuchi oil is only for external use and should not be ingested. When using bakuchi for oral consumption, consider taking powder or tablet form only. Always consult an Ayurvedic doctor before using it as an active remedy for health concerns.

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