Chaulmoogra oil has various benefits for the skin and in this post, I share 3 different ways to incorporate chaulmoogra oil into your skincare regimen.
Chaulmoogra oil is derived from the seeds of the chaulmoogra tree, which is aka Hydnocarpus wightiana (can you say that 3 times in a row?).
What is Chaulmoogra Oil?
Chaulmoogra oil is obtained from the seeds of the tree via steam distillation to preserve the purity of the oil.
Chaulmoogra oil is a pale yellow/brownish color with a potent woodland aroma. In ancient times, the oil was used in India and China to treat ailments like leprosy and rheumatic conditions.
Other names chaulmoogra is known by include Taraktogenos kurzii, Hydnocarpus kurzii, and Hydnocarpus laurifolia.
The chaulmoogra tree grows in tropical forests found in India. The chaulmoogra tree can also be found in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Uganda.
What are the Benefits of Chaulmoogra Oil for the Skin?
1. Excellent Antimicrobial
Chaulmoogra contains an active ingredient known as hydnocarpic acid, which is an excellent antimicrobial agent. It can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, bruises, wounds, and sores.
2. Can Be Used a Mild Preservative
Due to its antibacterial properties, you can use chaulmoogra oil as a mild preservative in DIY concoctions for hair and skin.
3. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Chaulmoogra oil has relaxative and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help muscle spasms caused by rigorous exercise, cramps, and heavy lifting.
How to Use Chaulmoogra Oil
- For DIY concoctions, add 8 – 10 drops of chaulmoogra oil per 4 oz mix.
- For other treatments, dilute 3 – 5 drops with a few tablespoons of light carrier oil and massage into the treatment area as needed.
Caution: Chaulmoogra oil is extremely strong and can be irritating to the skin. Do not apply it alone.
Chaulmoogra Oil Side Effects
Chaulmoogra oil should not be consumed internally. It contains traces of cyanide and can cause poisoning.
It can also affect respiratory and organ functions if consumed internally. Use only topically and start with little amounts to observe how your skin reacts to it.
Do not use chaulmoogra oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is Chaulmoogra Oil Good for Hair?
Its anti-inflammatory properties make chaulmoogra oil a good oil for scalp issues such as dandruff, irritation, and dryness.
It can also help regulate the production of sebum on the hair. Add a few drops to your scalp massage oil.