benefits of neem oil

Five benefits of neem oil - Neem also known as Indian lilac is very useful all across the world because of its medical virtues.

It is mainly found in India but because of its draught resistant and fast-growing properties it is also cultivated in all over the arid zones of Asia, Africa, and Central America.

Ancient medical schools and Ayurveda were the first to use the medical properties of the neem.

The which is extracted from the seed kernels is used to cure a large number of diseases related to skin, hair and overall health.

Azadirachtin, is the chief biological active compound found in the neem oil, which one is the most potent naturally occurred pesticide.

The oil which is bitter in taste also contains triterpenoid compounds including nimbidin, nimbin, nimbinin, nimbidol, and tannin along with triglycerides, vitamin E, sterols, linoleic acid, healthy fatty acids, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and oleic acid.

Neem oil is widely used as a component in cosmetics and beauty products such as soap, creams and lotions. It has all such properties which makes it a dermatological panacea.

It helps your skin and hair to rejuvenate and beautify by saving them from the toxic side effects of various chemical beauty products.

Neem oil is proved to be effective on various serious skin related problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, and warts.

It is also considered as a natural hair tonic which condition, repair and strengthen your hair and with this it also helps to keep your scalp free from dandruff and lice.

Here are some benefits of neem oil by which we can see how it is effective for our body:

1. Fights fungal infection

From very ancient time, Indian school of Ayurvedic medicine was using the neem oil and leaf extracts as a treatment for fungal infection such as candidiasis and ringworm.

Because of neem’s various biological compounds, neem is very popular for its medical virtues.

Nimbidin, in particular, is known to exhibit considerable antifungal activity that helps deter the growth of Trichophyton rubrum, the fungus responsible for ringworm.

How to use:

1. Take one tablespoon of neem oil and mix it with 4 ounce of carrier oil such as grapeseed or jojoba oil.

2. Now apply the mixture solution to the affected skin twice a day to see favourable results.

2. Heals cuts and bruises

Neem oil is a very known remedy for healing of the skin, because it accelerates the healing of the skin which helps to recover a wide range of wounds such as bruises, laceration, burn and cuts.

When we apply the neem oil on the wound, its antibacterial properties help to protect the wound from any type of infection cause by bacteria and other microorganisms.

Neem oil is a rich source of benzoic acid, salicylic acid, and sulfur, all of which exhibit significant disinfectant properties. The salicylic acid content present in neem helps to relieve in pain and fever.

According to some chemical studies neem oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which increases the skin healing benefits.

Neem oil is filled with various skin caring components such as glycerides or fatty acids, margosic acid, butyric acid, and traces of valeric acid.

How to use:

1. Mix the neem oil with any carrier oil in the ratio of 1:5.

2. Apply the mixture on the affected skin.

3. Reduces hair fall

Neem oil is regarded as a great hair tonic which can improve the quality of your hairs.

A study concluded that decrease in the extent of hair loss was observed among those who used neem oil regularly as opposed to those who did not.

Studies concluded that neem oil helps to reduce the hair fall rate by 98.36% in around 2 months. And these studies show that the neem oil is effective on hair fall problem and can be used as a remedy for it.

How to use:

1. Take 2 teaspoon of any carrier oil and mix 3 drops of neem oil in it.

2. Mix them well.

3. Massage the solution on your head gently to see favourable outcomes.

4. Helps to treat acne

Neem oil is also considered as a natural skin care agent because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Acne usually have a bacterial foundation in which neem oil can helps a lot to prevent it.

Oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid, are some of the fatty acids present in neem oil and helps to eradicate the acne causing bacteria.

Neem oil is as effective on the acne as the other medical products. And it do not have any side effects so, it must be the first priority rather than the other chemical products.

How to use:

1. Take 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil and mix 6 drops of neem oil in it.

2. Apply the oil mixture on the affected skin.

3. Let it settle onto your skin for some time.

4. Then, gently rinse your face and make it dry.

5. Practise this remedy daily.

5. Prevents premature ageing of the skin

Neem oil is considered as the best anti-aging, skin healing and skin protecting oil because of its enrichment in essential fatty acids (EFAs), triglycerides, vitamin E, and calcium.

By stimulating the collagen production, neem oil can delay the onset of premature of skin. Collagen is the most important skin-building protein that helps your skin retain its glow, tightness, and youthful texture.

One of the most potent natural antioxidants is Vitamin E and it is present in the neem oil in a very good amount. Vitamin E works as a free radical scavenger to neutralize the activity of these unstable elements.

If you have a severely dray and rough skin, the neem oil is a great for it because the fatty acids and vitamin E go deep into the pores and repairs your skin.

How to use:

1. Take 15 g of pure neem oil, 4-5 drops of pure essential lavender oil and 225 g of organic jojoba oil.

2. Pour the three of them in a bottle or a cosmetic container.

3. Shake the container to mix the three oil nicely.

4. Apply the mixture of oil on the affected skin.

Written by:
Ramesh Sharma
M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), MA (History), PGDCA, CHMS

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