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How To Make Neem Oil For Dandruff: Home Treatment!

Neem oil is a herbal elixir that has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine as a universal healer of ailments. The Neem tree, or Sarva Roga Nivarini as it is called in Ayurvedic texts, is considered to be sacred, symbolising good health and giving protection against sickness, on both a physical and spiritual level.

What is Neem Oil?

When we talk about Neem oil, we’re essentially talking about a by-product of the Neem tree. The oil itself is made by pressing the tree’s fruits and seeds and collecting the liquid in a vessel. The potent extract is known to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic, making it a perfect natural alternative to commercial OTC medicines.

Benefits Of Neem Oil

There are a lot of benefits to using Neem oil. This is why Neem oil is used in a variety of applications, being equally effective in cosmetic as well as medicinal uses. In certain villages, the Neem tree is regarded as the ‘village pharmacy’, owing to the fact that every part of the tree can be used to create concoctions with medicinal properties.

Research has shown that Neem oil is rich in the following nutrients:

  1. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is known to have antioxidant effects that reduce oxidative stress and free radicals from affecting scalp health.

  1. Fatty Acids

Fatty acids ensure that thinning hair that is prone to breakage or split ends are strengthened to avoid prematurely breaking.

  1. Antioxidants

Antioxidants target harmful free radicals in the body caused by stress and the environment, seeking them out and destroying them before they cause irreversible damage to the cells in the body.

  1. Calcium

Calcium is not only the building block for strong bones – it is also an important mineral when it comes to hair growth.

  1. Triglycerides

Triglycerides are a kind of lipid that formulates a protective barrier on the hair surface to reduce the loss of moisture to the environment due to stress or pollution. It acts like a conditioner for hair, preventing it from drying out.

  1. Limonoids

Limonoids are found in citrus fruits and their seed, peel or juice derivatives. They are known to reduce cholesterol and fight against certain forms of cancer.

How Does Neem Oil Reduce Dandruff?

Neem oil works to reduce dandruff by suppressing inflammation in skin at the root level. This means it is useful in treating ailments such as psoriasis and dermatitis. When used on the scalp, Neem oil’s natural antifungal properties can help to reduce scalp irritation caused by yeast build-up – therefore reducing the symptoms or effects of dandruff and other scalp-related issues.

How To Make Neem Oil At Home?

Making your own Neem oil at home is very simple. All you need are Neem leaves and some coconut oil.

Take a bunch of fresh neem leaves, and grind them up into fine pieces using a grinding jar. Next, take a cup of coconut oil and pour it into a pan over a low flame. Add in the ground neem leaves mixture, and keep stirring and cooking the mixture over a low heat.

You will know when the Neem oil is ready when the leaves and mixture start to change colour – from a bright green to a dark green slushy. Switch off the heat when you see the colour change and let it cool.

When it cools down, strain the Neem and coconut oil mixture with a strainer and collect the oil in a pot. Finally preserve the oil in your vessel of choice for the different uses you choose to use it for. The best kind of vessel however, is a glass bottle with a secure cork top.

Neem Oil Hair Mask For Dandruff!

The process of making a Neem oil hair mask for dandruff is an easy one. Taking the Neem oil that you have made (or bought at your local natural medicine store), mix in about a tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it becomes a thick paste.

Apply this paste over your scalp as a hair mask, and leave it on for about 20 minutes to half hour. Use a shower cap to ensure it stays on your hair and also so that it doesn’t spill out. Wash off the mixture after it is dried suitably with warm water and a mild shampoo. Use this hair mask 3 times a week for best results to remove dandruff from your scalp.

Can I Mix Neem Oil With Other Oils?

Neem oil by itself is already potent enough to provide numerous benefits to the skin and body. However, if you’re mixing Neem oil with other carrier oils, Jojoba, Grapeseed and Coconut oils are generally known to be the best oils to mix with.

FAQ’s

Q: Is Neem oil a strong oil?

A: Yes, Neem oil is quite potent due to the characteristics of the Neem tree itself where it came from. However, diluting Neem oil with other carrier oils or making a mask with ingredients like Honey or Yogurt is a perfectly safe way to use it.

Q: Is Neem oil good for other hair issues other than dandruff?

A: Neem oil has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which allows it to fight issues such as hair loss, scalp itchiness and hair lice, while strengthening hair against breakage.

Q: Is Neem oil safe for all hair types?

A: Yes, diluted Neem oil is perfectly safe for frizzy, straight or combination hair types.

Neem Oil Side Effects

Because of how strong Neem oil is, some first-time users may report skin irritation when applied to the hair and scalp. Diluting the Neem oil a little bit more often alleviates these issues.

Before using Neem oil for the first time, users should consider performing a patch test on a small area of skin or on the scalp in order to avoid and assess the risk for irritation on the body.