Once only found in the Indian Subcontinent, India and Sri Lanka, where many families cultivated trees in their garden for their wide range of medicinal, the tropical Azadirachta indica, also known as Indian Lilac is now cultivated worldwide. It is from cold-pressing the whole fruit and its seeds, that the magical Neem oil comes from. With a wide history of use as a folk remedy around the world, it has been used to treat many conditions.
Although it has a harsh odor, it’s high in fatty acids and other nutrients, and it’s used in a variety of beauty products like skin creams, body lotions, hair products, and cosmetics.
Neem oil contains many ingredients that are extremely beneficial to the skin. Some of those ingredients include:
fatty acids (EFA)
It has been used in beauty regimens and skin care to:
treat dry skin and wrinkles
stimulate collagen production
minimize warts and moles
Let us dive a bit deeper into how using Neem oil can assist us.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP BENEFITS OF NEEM OIL
Neem oil for the skin:
Pure Neem oil is very potent and care should be taken with using it undiluted on the skin. It also has a strong smell.
It protects your Skin and Fights Aging. Neem oil is chock full of carotenoids and antioxidants that help protect your skin against the ravages of free radicals, which cause signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots.
Heals & Moisturizes. For any type of skin, at any time neem extract provides excellent moisturizing and healing benefits. It is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids that help improve skin elasticity and provide and retain moisture.
For topical use for dry and damaged skin, dilute Neem with coconut oil and add a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil to make it more gentle on the skin and more pleasantly scented.
It Treats Acne. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents in neem help reduce the redness, swelling and pain associated with acne outbreaks. The fatty acids moisturize and nourish the skin, while the antibacterial properties fight the bacteria that cause acne.
Treats And Prevents Scars. While it can be used with good effect on existing stretch marks, you should be aware that you should not use neem oil if you are trying to conceive or if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.
Neem oil can help with the redness and inflamation of sunburn.
Although not a cure for either condition, Neem can also soothe skin affected by Eczema and Psoriasis (being careful to test if undiluted use is tolerated, or to dilute if needed). The protective layer formed over the skin by applying Neem oil prevents the skin from drying out and so reduces the risk of infection because of skin being broken by scratching.
Neem (diluted with coconut or almond oil if needed) has been seen to be helpful in the treatment of fungal skin problems such as Athlete’s Foot, Ringworm and soreness or indection occurring in folds of skin.
Neem oil for Scalp and Hair:
Neem Oil Tames And Conditions Your Hair. Hair that can become frizzy when wet is much improved when treated with neem oil. When applied to the hair, neem oil forms a thin shield that prevents the hair from absorbing water from the environment, making it much more manageable. Rub a few drops between the palms of your hands and stroke neem oil through your hair to tame frizzy hair and impart an attractive shine. Both your hair and scalp will like it.
Condition Your Scalp. Condition your scalp by applying neem oil combined with coconut oil or olive oil directly to the scalp prior to washing. Massaging the oil into your scalp will also help increase blood circulation and open up pores, which may help stimulate hair growth.
Treat Dandruff. Adding neem oil to your hair products and using it as a scalp conditioner will also help prevent, treat and even eliminate dandruff. Neem oil should be diluted with coconut oil for sensitive scalps.
Neem Oil A Good, Safe, Natural Treatment Alternative For Head Lice or Head Louse. As an insecticide, Neem can be effective against head lice when applied and left on the hair overnight.
DIY Hot Oil Treatment for Hair
Make your own hot oil treatment for your hair. By combining a few drops of neem oil and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil you can create an effective, affordable, all-natural hot oil treatment to treat and correct dry hair and split ends.
Neem oil for Infected nails:
The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of Neem oil may be beneficial to infected nails. The oil should be applied neat to the affected areas with a cotton bud two or three times daily for up to five days. If no improvement is seen it is important to visit a doctor or chiropodist.
What is your experience with neem oil? We love to hear from you.
Sources: - healthline.com/health/neem-oil-for-skin#side-effects
- zatural.com/blogs/blog/15-benefits-of-neem-oil - tipsbulletin.com/39-fascinating-uses-and-benefits-of-neem-oil/
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