Neem tree oil is commonly harvested from the neem tree (sometimes called an Indian lilac or by its technical name Azadirachta indica), found growing in India and other tropical regions. It is dark colored and smells like a fusion between garlic and peanuts. This healing tree oil is an important part of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicine practice. As a natural ingredient, it is also anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It can treat many skin and hair problems.
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Since neem tree oil is rich in antioxidants applying it to your skin can protect it from environmental damage. The oil’s abundance of carotenoids can prevent free radicals from harming your skin. Neem tree oil is also rich in fatty acids and vitamins, which can improve your skin’s elasticity. This helps with smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Neem tree oil can reduce the redness and inflammation caused by acne and pimples. Neem tree oil eradicates the bacteria and the concentrated fatty acids prevent acne scars from forming. Similarly applying a face mask made with neem tree oil can help get rid of any skin impurities and can help tighten your pores.
Eczema is largely a genetic disorder which causes skin abrasions, swelling and redness. Applying neem tree oil can help this disorder without having to take strong medication. The ample amounts of fatty acids and vitamin E in the oil penetrate the skin’s outer layer. This provides moisture and thereby restores the protective barrier of the skin, while the antiseptic properties protect the skin from infection. There are compounds of nimbin and nimbidin in the oil, which reduce swelling and relieve the redness.
Fungal infections are more widespread than most people realize. Common ones include nail fungus, ringworm and athlete’s foot and can pester one to no end. Because neem tree oil is a powerful antifungal agent applying it to these infected areas can help eliminate these skin conditions quickly and naturally.
Using neem tree oil is a safe alternative to the more toxic anti-lice shampoos. Applying neem tree oil won’t irritate or itch your scalp while effectively killing off nits and lice. Leave neem tree oil on your head and hair overnight, and comb out the lice with a lice comb the next morning.
Hair thinning and shedding can be caused by medication, pollution and stress. Neem tree oil has been found to be effective for people suffering from this type of hair loss. The minerals and vitamins in neem tree oil promote hair growth and can even improve the quality of your hair.
When your hair is weak and develops split ends it can cause hair growth to become stunted. The results are unmanageable and bushy hair. This solution also effectively helps you manage frizzy hair. Neem tree oil can make your hair more adaptable and provides a rich source of moisture, protection and works to repair damaged hair cuticles. It also makes your hair shine, and look smooth and hydrated. The best way to apply the oil is by adding a few drops to your regular shampoo. You can also apply a few drops directly to the scalp.