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
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- 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.
It’s traditionally been used as a remedy for such conditions as:
- Long-lasting inflammation
- Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Joint pain
- Heart health
Are There Health Benefits?
Vitamins and minerals are abundant in moringa. Vitamin C in the leaves is seven times higher than in oranges, and potassium is 15 times higher than in bananas. Calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids are also found in it. These nutrients support muscle growth and healing.
Aside from its antioxidant properties, it may also boost your immune system. Some of these antioxidants may also lower blood pressure and reduce fat levels in the body and blood.
Uses of Moringa
Much of the research on moringa has used animals as test subjects. We do not know if humans would get the same results. Extracts from this tree are still being studied, but early studies show they may help with:Moringa leaf extract may reduce swelling, redness, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers have shown that insulin-like proteins found in moringa may lower blood sugar levels. Phytochemicals found in the leaves may help the body process sugar more effectively, as well as affect insulin release.
In laboratory tests, leaf extracts slowed pancreatic cancer cell growth and made chemotherapy more effective. Several other studies show that moringa leaves, bark, and roots all have anti-cancer properties that might lead to new drugs.
Some experts believe antioxidants and other plant chemicals may help heal stress and inflammation in the brain.
Scientists are also trying to see if it might help with:
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- High blood pressure
- Liver damage caused by medicines
- Stomach ulcers
- Wound healing
- Ulcerative colitis
- Weight Loss
Is It Safe?
There is some evidence that it is generally safe to eat leaves or young seed pods, and leaf extracts made from powder and water may also be safe. For pregnant women especially, eating bark or pulp can be dangerous. The bark may contain chemicals that cause the uterus to contract and cause miscarriage. Although you can buy it as a powder, pill, oil, or tea, supplements and powders containing moringa aren’t regulated by the FDA. For health benefits, there isn’t a standard dose. Additionally, companies do not have to prove that their products are safe or that they work as advertised. Don’t use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should consult your doctor before taking moringa or any supplements, especially if you are taking any medications.
CONDITIONS OF USE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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