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Gentle & Effective Treatment for Scalp Issues with Neem Oil

Neem oil is ideal for treating common scalp problems such as eczema, psoriasis, itchy scalp, and dandruff.

Neem oil is derived through crushing the fruits and seeds of the neem aka Azadirachta indica, which is a common tree in India, Burma & the Maldives.

Some industries extract the neem oil using hexane, which makes it a lower quality compared to 100% pure cold-pressed.

This substandard neem oil is used mostly in soap making. Every part of the neem plant can be utilized.

The fruits and seeds are used for oil while the antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal leaves are used in a lot of skincare products. 

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Oil Face Wash is one of my favorite cleaners. It’s gentle and very effective. 

How to use neem oil for scalp issues

Neem oil contains a lot of triterpenoid compounds, which account for its bitter taste.

It has a strong odor similar to garlic and sulfur. The color of neem oil varies depending on processing method.

Neem Oil Benefits for Hair

Neem oil helps soothe the symptoms of dry scalp, itchiness, redness, and irritation, eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff on the scalp. 

Neem oil also contains vitamin E and essential amino acids, which nourish the hair and scalp.

Neem oil has high concentrations of Azadirachtin, the substance that’s responsible for the effect of neem oil on insects and bugs. 

How to Use Neem Oil for Hair

Neem Oil Shampoo for Hair

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Neem Fruits

Neem Oil Overnight Treatment for Hair

Neem Oil Hair Mask

The leaves of the neem plant can be ground into a fine powder, which is used in Ayurveda. There is a whole section in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide dedicated to hair growth powders. 



  • Pour the neem powder into a bowl
  • Slowly pour in enough rose water, lavender water, or distilled water to form a smooth paste similar to mashed potatoes
  • Add in the jojoba oil, olive oil, or sweet almond oil and the vitamin E oil
  • Mix together and apply to your hair in sections. If you’ve ever used bentonite clay or henna and indigo, the concept is the same.
  • Cover your hair with a disposable cap and leave in overnight
  • Wash out the next morning with a moisturizing shampoo
  • If leaving it overnight is too drying for your hair and/or scalp, leave it on for only a few hours before washing it out
  • Use this mask once a week

If you’re fortunate to live in a place where the neem plant grows, you can just pluck the leaves, dry them in the oven, and crush to create the neem powder.

Otherwise, some premium neem leaf powder recommendations include:-

AyurForest Organic Neem Powder

AyurForest Organic Neem Powder

There is a possibility for neem oil to solidify at low temperatures. If this happens, put the bottle in a bowl of warm water. It should take only a few minutes for it to liquefy.

Neem Oil for Hair Growth

Due to its antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, neem oil can aid other hair loss issues in the effort to promote hair growth and recover from hair loss.

You can combine it with a number of oils from the hair loss archives to create a potent hair growth oil that will work excellently for your hair. 

Taking Neem Oil Internally

Neem oil is toxic and I do not recommend taking this oil internally. There are plenty of other oils that are safe to take internally.

Have a look at the cooking oils archives for more information on this. However, fresh or dried neem leaves can be consumed as a tea.

Ensure the source of the neem leaves is credible before buying. A good brand is All About Neem Inc Neem Leaves.

In any case, speak to your primary care physician before you start consuming neem tea especially if you’re pregnant, nursing, or have any medical issues. 

Where to Buy Neem Oil?

Always verify the neem oil you are buying is 100% pure.

Most of the neem oil available in the store is usually amalgamated with other things such as mineral oil, which has a tendency to clog pores.

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Now Solutions Neem Oil

Oleavine Health Cold Pressed Neem Oil

Oleavine Health Cold Pressed Neem Oil

Neem Oil Hair Products 

The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide

For more hair growth solutions, recipes, tips, tricks, and more, check out The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide.

Book 2 in the Healthy Hair Care Series is a comprehensive resource for recovering from hair loss, regrowing bald spots, and filling in thin areas of your scalp. Learn more HERE.

Reference – Neem Oil Properties

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Friday 2nd of May 2014

Ideally, 1 - 3 tablespoons should be fine but if you find out your hair needs more, increase it but I wouldn't go anything over 5 tablespoons though. HTH.