Los beneficios para la salud de aceite de Neem

El aceite de neem es una sustancia natural extraída de las semillas del árbol de neem ( Azadirachta indica ), un árbol de hoja perenne originario de la India. Utilizado durante mucho tiempo en ciertos sistemas de la medicina tradicional (como el Ayurveda ), se cree que el aceite de neem ofrece una serie de beneficios cuando se aplica a la piel y / o el cabello.

El aceite de Neem contiene varios ácidos grasos que se consideran beneficiosos para la piel, como el ácido oleico y el ácido linoleico.

Beneficios de la salud

En medicina alternativa, el aceite de neem se usa a menudo en el tratamiento de problemas como la caspa y el cuero cabelludo seco. En estos casos, el aceite de neem generalmente se diluye en un aceite portador , se masajea en el cuero cabelludo y se deja reposar por un período de tiempo (generalmente 30 minutos o más) antes de enjuagar.

Además, el aceite de neem se utiliza para tratar los hongos en las uñas y el acné . También se dice que el aceite de neem suaviza la piel.

Algunos defensores también sugieren que el aceite de neem puede actuar como un repelente de insectos natural . Conocidos como “azadirachtins”, se cree que ciertos compuestos encontrados en el aceite de neem poseen propiedades insecticidas.

Aunque la investigación sobre el uso medicinal del aceite de neem es bastante limitada, hay algunas pruebas de que el aceite de neem puede actuar como antimicrobiano (un tipo de sustancia que mata o inhibe el crecimiento de microorganismos, como las bacterias y los hongos).

A number of studies also show that shampoos containing neem oil may help treat head lice. In a 2011 study published in Parasitology Research, for example, scientists used a neem-based shampoo on 12 children with head lice. They found that a one-time, 10-minute treatment with the shampoo destroyed all head lice. Repeating the experiment with eight other children, the study’s authors observed that a one-time, 20-minute treatment delivered similar results. What’s more, several other studies suggest that that neem-based shampoo may get rid of head lice and their eggs without triggering any side effects.

Additionally, preliminary research indicates that neem oil may help protect against insect bites. In a study published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health in 1995, for instance, scientists discovered that a blend of neem oil and coconut oil may act as a mosquito repellent.

Potential Side Effects

Since some individuals experience allergic reactions to neem oil, it’s important to discontinue use of the oil if you experience symptoms such as itching or reddening of the skin.

It should also be noted that neem oil has a strong, pungent smell similar to that of garlic or sulfur.

In addition, neem oil should not be taken orally unless under the direction of a qualified herbalist or healthcare professional.

Dosage and Preparation

There is not enough scientific data to provide a recommended dose of need oil. Different doses have been used in clinical trials. For example, in studies investigating insect bites, a cream containing neem oil 1 percent, 2 percent, or 5 percent has been used.

The appropriate dose for you may depend on factors including your age, gender, and medical history. Speak to your healthcare provider to get personalized advice.

What to Look For

Neem oil is sold online and many health food stores. Many sources recommend 100 percent pure, organic or cold pressed neem oil. Neem oil should be yellow-ish and have a small that is similar to garlic.

Due to the lack of supporting research, it’s too soon to recommend neem oil as a treatment for any condition. If you’re considering using it, talk to your doctor to weigh the potential risks and benefits. Keep in mind that alternative medicine should not be used as a substitute for standard care. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.