Neem oil has been trusted for centuries in India where it used as a treatment for an incredible array of ailments. We take a closer look at its use to combat hair loss.
The Neem Tree
A member of the mahogany family this fast-growing tree grows across the Indian sub-continent. It possesses a seemingly endless list of useful attributes and is used in a surprising range of applications. It is widely used as a natural pesticide for example, but the twigs have been shown to be as effective as toothpaste in treating plaque and gingivitis. It has been used for centuries as a key ingredient in construction as wall plaster. The tree is also effective at anti-desertification and is credited with being a highly effective carbon sink.
Most notably, for us at least, is its use in Ayurvedic medicine. The long list of its attributes includes anthelmintic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, sedative and even as a contraceptive. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to improve liver function, detoxify the blood and to treat skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
In 1995, western medicine took an important step in recognising its validity when they granted a patent to an American company using it as an anti-fungal product. The Indian govt objected on the basis that they had been using it in this way in India for over 2000 years. When the American company appealed, on the basis that the Indians had never written it up in a scientific journal, they lost and the patent was rightly revoked.
So Neem oil, derived from the fruits and flowers of the tree, has a range of medicinal benefits all of which can be shown to benefit our hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties ensure the hair and scalp are clean, with pores and follicles unclogged with sebum… which can negatively affect the natural growth cycle and lead to hair thinning. It is also highly effective against conditions like dandruff, which can also have a damaging effect on our hair.
How To Use
Neem can, these days, be purchased in health food shops as tablets. For treating your hair you are better applying it as a paste, which is made by boiling the leaves in a mixture of water and honey. Apply it to the hair and leave for 1 – 2 hours before washing thoroughly as normal.
While Neem is perfectly safe in tablet form it is not recommended, especially for women, to take the paste form orally… so stick to applying the paste to hair and scalp.
Hair Loss For Women
This remarkable tree and its fruit would make a sensible adjunct to your hair and scalp care routine. One recommended for millennia by medics across Asia and one we heartily recommend as a natural alternative to some of the chemical options available.
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