Neem comes from the word ‘Nimba’ that signifies good health. Indians consider this tree as a sacred tree which symbolizes good health and protection. It has a pungent odor, but neem oil for skin is recommended as it is high in nutrients and offers medicinal value.
Cold-pressed neem oil is the best quality neem oil as it is extracted by crushing the seed kernel. As solvent extraction lowers down the seed quality, cold-pressed oil is preferred for neem extraction.
A study conducted in 2012 showed that using neem oil healed the post-surgical wounds. Another study in 2013 showed that neem oil was an excellent method to treat acne for prolonged use.
The average composition of neem oil is as follows. (for approx ten gms quantity)
|Oleic Acid||25-54 %|
|Palmitic Acid||16-33 %|
|Stearic Acid||9-24 %|
|Linoleic Acid||8-16 %|
|Arachidic Acid||1-3 %|
How Neem Oil benefits You?
1. Smoothens Wrinkles
Neem oil benefits(1) in treating wrinkles as it has regenerative properties and compounds that boost immunity. It allows the skin to fight pathogens that are under the surface of the skin. It maintains the smoothness of the skin and fights wrinkles. Using Neem oil prevents aging of the skin too.
2. Delays Aging
Skincare is another addition of neem oil benefits. It stimulates the collagen, which delays the aging process. Neem oil also makes the skin look soft and supple.
3. Treats Acne
Neem oil helps treat acne and prevents the recurrence of acne. It is rich in fatty acids that prevent the scars caused by acne. It is also a non-comedogenic agent that removes the skin impurities that tightens the pores.
4. Heals Eczema
Neem oil benefits us by treating skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. It is considered an age-old remedy to reduce symptoms of eczema like dry and itchy skin. It soothes skin but doesn’t eradicate the root cause of eczema. Eczema can be acquired or genetic. Using neem oil every day can improve the skin condition caused by eczema(2) and rashes.
[Read: Neem Oil for Eczema]
5. Rids Off Lice
It benefits our health by treating a lice problem. Lice can cause constant itchiness and embarrassment. Using neem oil is effective in treating head lice by killing it. But, here’s a fair warning- it doesn’t bring along a great smell!
6. Promotes Hair Growth
Using Neem oil for hair loss is an age-old remedy. Neem oil benefits in healthy hair growth by strengthening its roots and accelerating its growth. It helps resolve hair thinning problems caused by stress, pollution, or other factors.
7. Treats Herpes
Neem oil helps treat chronic skin diseases like Ringworm, warts, moles, cold sores, and herpes. Using a good quality neem oil is enriched with antifungal properties and the affected areas of the skin soothe the irritation. It also kills bacteria, which are the leading causes of these conditions.
[Read: Neem Oil for Acne]
8. Maintains Dental Health
Neem oil helps maintain proper dental health and reduces the risk of gingivitis and pyorrhea. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, and neem oil effectively works to treat it. It can treat bleeding gums, toothaches, foul breath. The antiseptic properties of neem help to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
9. Promotes Healthy Scalp
Neem oil promotes a healthy scalp, which invariably leads to a healthy scalp. The medicinal and remedial properties of neem oil treat the scalp and enhance the beauty of hair. It moisturizes the hair and keeps it healthy.
10. Treats Scabies
Neem oil is beneficial in treating scabies and other skin parasites. It kills the live nymphs present on the skin surface and treats it from the root.
- Dab the neem oil with a cotton ball on scabies infected skin and leave for 15 minutes.
Doing this regularly will help eliminate mites and reduce theinflammation and itching caused by scabies.
How To Use
- You can use it as an antiseptic by mixing neem oil with olive oil and applying on minor cuts and wounds.
- Use it as a Pest Control by sprinkling neem oil in the house that keeps mosquitoes and other bugs away.
- Use it for skin benefits by mixing with some carrier oil and aloe vera.
- Use it to prevent dengue by spraying neem oil in mosquito-infested areas to keep them away.
How much to use?
Neem oil is safe to be used topically in skin thrice-weekly but shouldn’t be kept overnight.
[Read: Use Neem Oil for Scabies]
- You should consult a doctor before using neem oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it may interfere with lactation.
- There are no known side effects of using neem oil, but you should do a patch test before using neem for face and body to avoid allergic reactions.
- While applying on face, ensure it doesn’t get in contact with your eyes.
A lot of studies are being performed to understand and explore the usage of neem oil benefits. The properties of neem oil make it the most opted oil for medicinal purposes by holistic practitioners. The list of benefits is endless, moreover, it a sought-after remedy to all hair and skin problems.
1. Can I Leave Neem Oil Overnight?
If you use neem oil for a face pack, it is advisable to wash in 15 minutes as leaving it overnight can cause skin irritation.
2. Can Neem Oil Be Applied for Babies?
Although it is not known to have any side effects, it is best to take doctor’s advice before using it on babies. Use neem oil with a carrier oil for bathing or as a repellant only on the advice of a doctor.