What is neem oil?

In the world of natural oils and healing, we can find a whole host of details and information about various oils. One oil that seems to be quite clouded in mystery, though, is that of neem oil. Neem oil has come to prominence in natural healing circles for a whole host of reasons. It’s a natural by-product that comes from the neem tree. 

Mostly found in India, these evergreen trees provide various fruits and seeds. These are then pressed to receive the oil from the tree. Seen by many as a “wonder” solution, is neem oil really the master solution that it’s being linked as?

What about when it comes to using neem oil for hair? It’s become a commonly discussed topic among people who look for natural hair care. Is there any truth to this, though? Let’s take a look. 

Neem Oil For Hair: Benefits

As mentioned above, there has been a rise in the use of neem oil for hair. This has become a common discussion point throughout the industry for various reasons. However, is there any truth to the claims? Let’s take a look. Some of the benefits we might expect to see are:

  • Improve hair growth, albeit this is entirely anecdotal and lacks genuine evidence.
  • A high source of important fatty acids, vitamin E, and calcium: all good for hair health.
  • (slightly) reduce the amount of grey hairs that you are producing.
  • Treat scalp problems such as dandruff production and the rise of head lice.
  • It’s also been noted as a natural scalp cleanser, great for regular conditioning.
  • Can help to reduce the scale of frizz in your hair, making it easier to control.

However, at the moment there is very little clinical evidence of the above. While most of the information about neem oil is positive, it’s also mostly anecdotal in nature – at least today. That, though, could change in the future as more studies are done into the efficacy of neem oil for hair. 

Neem Oil Side Effects

For one, neem oil is extremely strong. Make sure that you never try and use neem oil without diluting it first. It should be diluted before you apply it to your hair or your scalp. Also, you should get checked out by a doctor before you start using neem oil. At the moment, the side-effects – much like the benefits – are not widely known with regards to neem oil. Keep that in mind, and you can make it a bit easier to find the right solution.

Those who have sensitive skin, though, might wish to avoid using neem oil. It has been linked with causing irritation and redness in the skin. 

 

Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 

 

Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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