Can neem leaves make a good oil for dandruff?
Neem oil is a type of vegetable oil thought to be a perfect home remedy for fighting dandruff.
What do I mean by a perfect home remedy?
This paper on Neem leaves mentions the medicinal properties of the plant. Here’s a quote:
Neem leaf and its constituents have been demonstrated to exhibit immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties.
That’s a lot of great stuff!
It’s used for a number of chronic skin diseases like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Why haven’t I heard of this stuff before?
But, will it help with my dandruff?
Neem oil is a home remedy for dandruff. So it’s not scientifically proven to work. We don’t have enough clear, concrete evidence to confirm it will clear up dandruff.
That said, the number of people with eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis that have seen results is high. That coupled with all of the skin benefits neem oil offers make it seem like a good option.
However, the results are probably mild at best. Does it work? It seems to but, there are better options for dandruff home remedies that I would recommend over Neem oil.
There are a few downsides of Neem oil I want to go over before you give it a shot. Just so you know what you’re getting into.
How effective is neem oil?
I mentioned Neem oil is mildly effective. Why is that?
Although Neem oil has many antimicrobial qualities. We don’t know if it specifically targets Malassezia the fungus responsible for dandruff.
In fact, many vegetable oils actually cause Malassezia to grow. That’s due to their specific fatty-acid content.
But, we do know that besides essential oils, there are only three oils the fungus cannot feed on. And I would recommend those over Neem oil.
Neem oil has a really strong smell
Before you choose to use Neem oil, make sure you’re okay with the strong smell. I can describe the smell as something like a mixture of onions, garlic, and eggs.
It’s very strong. And very bad. If you can get over that, it’s really useful!
Most people can get over the smell, you can also mix it with other essential oils to dilute it a bit. In fact, other essential oils are perfect for dandruff too! But, no matter what it will be smelly.
But, if you’re very sensitive to smells I’d recommend trying something else.
Do a patch test before use!
Just like with other home remedies, some of you may have some kind of allergic reaction.
Make sure you do a patch test before applying neem oil to your skin!