Neem Seed Oil
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Neem oil is extracted from the seeds and the fruits of the neem tree, a large evergreen tree native to India and Southeast Asia. Neem oil has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine as a treatment for various skin and scalp conditions. Neem oil is also used in traditional Ayurvedic remedies as an antiseptic to fight viruses and bacteria. It removes toxins from the body, purifies the blood and neutralizes damaging free radicals. It is known to be especially nourishing for the hair. The neem tree has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Every part of the tree can be used for medicinal purposes, including the leaves, fruit, seeds, bark, gum and oils. The oil has the highest amount of the substance called azadirachtin, which gives the tree its anti-fungal and pesticide properties.
With extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants – a lot more than those found in blueberries or spinach – neem oil protects the scalp skin from ongoing damage that is caused by the free radicals. Neem also has regenerative properties that support healthy cell division and stimulate hair follicle growth and function.
Regular application of the neem oil will promote thicker, stronger, and more luxurious hair growth.
Neem oil contains several fatty acids – such as linoleic, oleic, stearic acids – that nourish and condition the scalp and hair. It’s moisturizing effects revitalizes and restores dry, under-nourished or rough hair to a smooth, silky texture.
Neem oil is highly effective against several human fungi including candida, which is one of the major cause of dandruff. It is also used in treatment of dandruff. When there is dandruff some underlying inflammation going on that makes the scalp red and irritated. Inevitably, neem oil will take care of everything as along with anti-fungal properties, it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects that help with redness and scalp irritation.
One of neem's proven benefits for the skin is helping to speed the healing process. In one scientific study of nine patients, for example, neem was shown to help with the healing of post-surgical scalp wounds. Another signifcant study led researchers to the conclusion that neem could be a good long-term acne treatment.
Because neem oil has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties, it can also help remedy scalp problems which can sometimes lead to siginificant hair loss if not treated.
Eczema or dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by itchy, dry, red, flaking and crusting skin. Nimbidin, an anti-inflammatory substances in the neem acts similar to non-steroidal drug (phenylbutazone) and helps reduce the redness and irritation. In addition, neem oil is rich in fatty acids and glycerides that easily penetrates the outer layers of the skin, and restores the protective barrier, thus preventing the moisture loss.
It is rich in anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties that help to keep the scalp skin in good health. Plus, neem oil is also considered as cooling, soothing and astringent in nature. Using neem oil on a regular basis on your scalp will regulate the secretion of sebum (scalp’s natural oil) and also work to normalize oily or dry scalp conditions. Due to its high medicinal value and emollient qualities, neem oil is often used in skin and scalp care products.
When using Neem oil dilute it with base oils like olive, avocado oil, or Jojoba Golden Oil. You can use between 10 to 20% neem oil in a blend. You can also add 4 to 5 of drops of Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil to mask the smell, as well as enhance its effects.