Did you know you could use neem to repel insects and pests to protect your garden? Or when included as an ingredient in a toothbrush, it can reduce plaque and gingival inflammation? Indeed, neem is a “universal warier,” so to say!
Indians (where neem originates) consider it a “sacred tree” and a “cure for everything”. Another “gift” for us is the neem oil, derived from the seeds of the plant.
Neem oil benefits for hair and skin are tremendous. Today I will reveal to you which are they, and how to utilize them in your favor, keeping your hair and skin healthy and beautiful! Here is the agenda:
1. What is neem oil chemistry?
2. What are neem oil hair benefits?
3. What are neem oil skin benefits?
4. Is neem oil lice treatment effective?
5. How to properly use neem oil for your skin and hair?
Let’s get started!
Neem oil decomposed
It is a vegetable oil, derived from the seeds and fruits of neem plant. It has a strong flavor and is typically yellowish in color. Its consistency generally is hard, so may need to melt it for easy application.
To do this, put the oil in a metal container, place it in a pot with water, and heat it up on the cooker until it gets liquid.
It contains substances, like azadirachtin, and nimbin. The first one repels insects, while the latter one has antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and antihistamine properties.
Neem oil also contains triglycerides of fatty acids, like omega 6 linoleic acid, monounsaturated omega 9 oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid.
Consider linoleic acid as one of the two essential fatty acids, which human body cannot build by itself, and we have to find it from external sources!
You can also supply linoleic acid to your organism with sunflower, grape seed, wheat germ, walnut, sesame, walnut oils.
Oleic acid helps in reducing bad (LDL) cholesterol and increasing the good (HDL) one. Oleic acid normalizes blood pressure.
Neem oil is rich in vitamin E, which is an oxidant and stimulates the circulation of your scalp.
When you know what’s behind the hood, let’s see what these compounds bring us.
What are neem oil benefits for hair?
1. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It has an anti-aging effect on your hair, due to antioxidants, fighting with free radicals. It smoothes fine lines and wrinkles on your face.
2. It strengthens hair, opposing dandruff, seborrhea, and hair loss. It prevents split ends on dry hair and makes it shiny. You can mix a few drops of neem oil and olive oil, massaging your scalp. Sometimes it may even reduce whitening hair.
3. Leem oil has a hydrating and smoothing effect.
What are neem oil skin benefits?
1. It cleans and stimulates your skin, supports the recreation of the cuticle, and the metabolism of the skin, while helping the construction of the collagen strands.
2. Neem oil is appropriate for dry skin, hydrating it. As an antiseptic herb, it has anti-acne properties.
3. Neem oil is good for psoriasis, eczema, skin wounds, fungus. If you want to treat a wart, put one drop neem oil daily over it, and cover it with a small bandage.
4. In case of skin burn (including sunburn), neem oil relieves the pain, kills the bacteria, and stimulates the immunity system, accelerating the healing process, and prevents appearing scars.
5. Face masks with neem oil regulate the pigmentation and whiten the dark spots. It strengthens your nails.
6. Neem oil has an anti-inflammatory effect, and it is valid for arthritis, pain in the muscles, inflamed wounds. Warm up neem oil and coconut oil, and massage with the mixture the ankles hurting you.
7. Neem oil is an excellent natural insects’ repellent, (similar to lemongrass oil) keeping the “invaders” away from your body. It is effective against head lice. For the purpose, massage your scalp and hair with neem oil, and leave it during the night.
Precaution and side effects
Avoid neem oil, during pregnancy, or if you are a nursing mom. It has protective properties, and there is a chance your baby does not accept it well.
There are no proven side effects of neem oil, and you are generally safe, using it. But it is always the best solution to consult your doctor if you feel any doubts.
How to use neem oil, preparing homemade recipes
Well, you already know all these properties and benefits of neem oil. Now is the time to learn how to get an advantage of it. I will share with you three recipes, with natural ingredients, which you can quickly prepare at home.
They include both vegetable and essential oils.
Recipe # 1 Neem oil for dandruff
You need 3 teaspoons neem oil, 4 teaspoons grapeseed oil, 3 teaspoons jojoba oil, 10 drops tea tree oil, 6 drops lavender oil, 4 drops bergamot oil.
Melt the neem oil, mix all ingredients, and stir well. Massage the scalp, leave it for 15 minutes, and wash with shampoo.
Use it once a week, until you feel the effect.
Recipe # 2 Neem oil for psoriasis, eczema, skin wounds, herpes, or fungus
You need 1 teaspoon neem oil, and 120 ml (4 fl oz) olive oil.
Blend the ingredients and apply the mixture to the damaged area. You can do it more than once a day if needed.
Recipe #3 Neem oil for reducing body odor
Sweating is a normal process, regulating the temperature of our body. Sweat itself is odorless, but when mixed with bacteria, living on our skin, it produces the unpleasant smell, we all know.
I will show you a way to get rid of it. Rub a few drops neem oil on areas, where you sweat more, like armpits. You can add a few drops in the liquid soap you use, as well.
The effect won’t be less sweat, but less (or lack of) unpleasant odor.
How to use neem oil even more?
Another step you can undertake is to search for neem oil on the labels of the cosmetic and sanitary products you purchase.
Mixed with other natural ingredients, it will do wonders for your beauty and health.
To wrap it up
Neem oil benefits for hair and skin are no longer a secret for you! If you have to remember one thing from this text, my suggestion would be: USE NEEM OIL, AND PRODUCTS WITH NEEM OIL! The investment will pay off!
I would love to hear from you! Do you (plan to) use neem oil? Leave me a comment, and I will answer you!
Take action, and take care,