You have probably heard of Azadirachta Indica or Indian Lilac? Confused! Well, these are the names of the evergreen Neem Tree of the mahogany family Meliaceae. It is commonly found in the Indian subcontinent and most of the countries in Africa. Neem oil is sourced from the fruits and seeds of the Neem Tree. It has a wide variety of usage right from skincare, haircare to pesticide and fungicide for garden crops.
Neem oil colour ranges from golden yellow to reddish-brown with a slightly cloudy and thick consistency. It has a pungent fragrance which is garlic sort. The composition of triglycerides of oleic, stearic, linoleic, limonoids and palmitic acids make neem oil useful for skin and hair. Neem oil is a good, natural oil that is very affordable. Additionally, it is easy to use and blends into the skin easily.
Neem oil is used in a variety of beauty products ranging from body butters, skin creams, hair masks, hair oils and other hair care products.
Benefits of Neem oil for skin
The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties of neem oil make it especially beneficial for treating acne. It reduces and soothes the redness, pain and itching related to acne. Neem oil can be used as a spot treatment for acne.
Moisturizes and Conditions the skin
The presence of oleic acid and linoleic acid in neem oil helps keep the skin cells soft and supple. Make sure to use it in a little quantity for a full-face treatment.
Healing of acne
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of neem oil help in healing acne. It is also useful in reducing acne scarring.
Neem oil contains a wide range of compounds, out of which one is Nimbin (triterpene). Nimbin is associated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It reduces oxidative damage by mitigating the free radicals. Regularly using neem oil, provides anti-ageing effects to the skin.
Other Benefits of Neem oil
Neem oil is beneficial for hair care as well as dental care. It is used to treat some foot conditions also.
Promotes a healthy scalp
The antioxidant properties of neem oil promote a healthy scalp. Other components of the neem oil help combat the problems like dandruff, itchiness.
Helps with Dandruff and Dry Scalp
Neem oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. It helps in reducing the dandruff-causing microbes while reducing the itchiness and flakiness of the scalp.
Moisturizes the Scalp
The essential fatty acids in neem oil moisturize and nourish the scalp while leaving the hair shiny. It helps restore the moisture of damaged hair.
Helps in fighting Fungal Infections
Neem oil composition has antifungal agent nimbidol. This makes use of neem oil effective against ringworm, nail fungus, athletes foot, and other common fungal infections.
Prevents or reduces head lice
A study found that neem seed extract killed head lice larvae within 5 minutes of treatment. This explains that regular application of neem oil may prevent as well as reduce the head lice.
A study assessed the efficacy of neem oil for the teeth and gums. A lot of dental care products such as toothpaste, mouthwash use neem oil as one of the active ingredients.
How to use neem oil?
Pure neem oil has a little pungent odour which may not be tolerable for some people. In such cases, it is advisable to dilute it with a carrier oil like Cold Pressed Almond oil, Cold pressed Argan Oil to reduce the odour. If you do not mind the pungent odour of the neem oil you can use it directly without dilution. Neem oil is touted to be safe for all skin types. A patch test should be performed before using it, just to be safe. Neem oil is not to be ingested or swallowed. Also, keep it away from babies and children.
For dry skin
For dry skin, use the following DIY as a face oil or spot treatment. You can leave it overnight as a spot treatment or as a wash off by keeping it on for one hour.
- One part of Cold Pressed Argan Oil
- Half part Cold Pressed Neem oil
- Mix both the oils well and store the mixture in a clean, dry bottle.
For oily skin
For oily skin, you can use the following mixture as a face oil or spot treatment according to your preference. You can leave it overnight as a spot treatment or as a wash off by keeping it on for one hour.
You can make a Neem Hair Oil in two following ways
Dry scalp and hair
Take 3 teaspoons of Cold Pressed Almond Oil and add half a teaspoon of cold pressed neem ka tel in it. Apply it to your scalp one hour before washing. Wash off with a mild shampoo and follow up with a conditioner.
Normal scalp and dry hair
Take one teaspoon of each Cold pressed Almond oil, cold pressed Argan Oil and cold pressed Jojoba oil. Add half a teaspoon of Neem oil to this mixture. Apply it to your scalp overnight or one hour before washing as per your preference. Wash off with a mild shampoo and follow up with a conditioner.
- Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Neem Carrier Oil is a COSMOS Certified Organic product that is dermatologically tested for safety and irritation. JC Neem oil is extracted with the cold press technique. It is a gentle and nourishing oil used for itchy, sensitive, or dry skin conditions. In haircare, it can be used to treat itchy, irritated scalps and dandruff. Juicy Chemistry Neem oil is housed in an amber coloured glass bottle with a dropper.
Frequently Asked Questions on Neem Oil for skin
Can I apply neem oil directly on the skin?
Organic cold-pressed neem oil is safe to apply to the skin. Due to the potency of the neem oil, a patch test is advisable before applying it on a large area of skin.
Can I leave neem oil on my face overnight?
Neem oil can be left overnight on the skin only when applied as a spot treatment for acne and acne scars.
Can I apply neem oil directly on hair?
Yes, you can use neem oil directly on the scalp. If you are not too fond of the pungent odour of neem oil, then diluting it with carrier oil will help reduce the odour.