Moringa oil for hair and skin
There are commercially-produced products, such as Herbal Essences Golden Moringa Oil for hair, that may provide easy-access benefits.
You can also create a skin or hair care oil treatment with moringa essential oil
How to make your own moringa oil?
of mature Moringa seeds on hand. In a skillet, stir the Moringa seeds until they turn dark brown. Crush the seeds thoroughly, and place them in boiling water. Once the oil rises to the top of the seeds, continue boiling them for a few more minutes. As the oil rises, it will settle at the top.
- 2 cups of a carrier oil, such as almond oil, that has moisturizing properties
- 5 to 10 drops of moringa oil
- 5 to 10 drops of a beneficial essential oil, such as lavender or tea tree oil
- Mix the oils together in a glass bowl or bottle.
- Apply to the hair, massaging into the roots.
- Cover hair, and leave on overnight.
- Shampoo and condition hair as usual.
- You can also heat this mixture for a few seconds in a microwave, prior to applying. Some people like the heightened scent that heating gives the oils.
- Use the same ingredients as the hair treatment. Try experimenting with different carrier oils and essential oils to vary the scent.
- Massage gently into your skin on the face or the body.
- Tissue off any excess.
Moringa oil has a relatively long shelf life up to about 1 year. However, you should store any oil blend in glass at room temperature, in a dark space, to prevent it from going rancid.
- The seeds of Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as Drumsticks, are used to produce Moringa oil. In spite of the fact that most people are familiar with this ingredient, it has many health benefits.
- Oil for cooking. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated, healthy fat, is found in Moringa oil. The oil is a healthy and economical alternative to more expensive oils when used for cooking. Food-insecure areas where moringa trees are grown are increasingly consuming it as a source of nutrition.
- Cleanser and moisturizer for the skin. Using Moringa oil topically as a cleanser and moisturizer is beneficial due to its oleic acid content.
- Cholesterol management. It has been demonstrated that moringa oil contains sterols that are beneficial to the body to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
- Antioxidant. Moringa oil contains beta-sitosterol, which may have antioxidant and antidiabetic properties.
Anti-inflammatory. Several bioactive compounds in Moringa oil have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both when ingested and applied topically. As a result, moringa oil may be beneficial for acne breakouts. Some of these compounds are tocopherols, catechins, quercetin, ferulic acid, and zeatin.
The entire moringa tree is used for various purposes. Keep in mind that moringa oil comes solely from its seeds, not from its leaves or flowers.
Some purported benefits of moringa may not be derived from the oil, but from other forms, such as leaf powder.