For you ladies looking for a simple treatment to eliminate an itchy scalp, to thicken thinning hair, or to eliminate scalp and hair dryness try using Neem oil. Applying a few drops of this oil to your scalp and hair or using it as a hot oil treatment before washing will provide you with a healthier scalp, better hair texture and reduce shedding and breakage.
What is Neem Oil?
Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. Neem oil is high in the antioxidant Vitamin E. Neem oil is also high in both Oleic (found in olive and grapeseed oils), and Linoleic (flax seed, safflower and sunflower oils) fatty acids, which have been scientifically proven to be highly nourishing to dry natural hair.
Benefits of Neem Oil on Natural Hair
This oil can be used as a stimulating treatment to improve circulation in the scalp. Neem oil has powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties which makes it a powerful ally in alleviating scalp conditions such as psoriasis, dandruff and cradle cap in children.
Neem oil can also reduce hair shedding from the root, and encourage strong, healthy new hair growth. Neem oil can also help with thinning hair by improving hair thickness, and many users report seeing a difference in their hair almost immediately.
Neem oil can even help with hair problems like premature graying, where loss of hair or loss of hair color is caused by hormonal imbalances and health issues, rather than normal aging. Sorry, even Neem oil can’t help with issues of graying hair caused by growing older.
How to Use Neem Oil on Natural Hair
Try mixing Neem oil with a little coconut oil and massage it into your hair and scalp. Leave the combination in your hair as an overnight pre-poo treatment. The results achieved with Neem oil is strong, yet deliciously soft, shiny and silky feeling hair that you’ll love.
Add a few drops to your shampoo to make your own Neem oil shampoo.
You can also make a lighter, more dilute mixture of Neem oil and a carrier oil to make your own Neem hair oil. Blend your Neem oil 1:2 or so with extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, Argan oil, avocado oil or Jojoba oil as the base.
I also take some of my Shea butter whip out of the container and put it into a smaller container, then I’ll add 1 teaspoon or so of pure Neem oil to it. I’ll put some of this mixture directly on my scalp if it feels tender or itchy. The Shea whip/Neem oil combination is also great if your ends are feeling dry and a bit crunchy. You’ll see and feel results instantly.
Warnings About Neem Oil
Let me warn you that the odor of Neem oil is very different than other oils, and the smell is rather strong; some people find it downright distasteful or even overpowering. If you are sensitive to smells, look for the Dr. Hauschka brand of Neem Oil, as the scent of that brand is much less intense.
Neem oil is not for internal use and should not be ingested or used for cooking purposes.
Avoid getting Neem oil in your eyes because it will burn like the devil.
Neem oil’s high concentration of essential fatty acids causes it to solidify at room temperature. This actually helps to extend the shelf life of the product. To return it to its liquid state, simply warm the amount you wish to use in a mug sitting in warm water.
Where to Buy Neem Oil
Neem oil can be purchased locally at most health food stores or at online retailers.
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