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 Moringa Oil
Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also known as the Drumstick tree. Moringa oil has got a special name, it is Ben oil. It is called so because it has high amounts of behenic acid. Moringa oil has been mentioned as a very useful oil in the medicinal books of Greece and Rome. Even today, this oil is used for a number of industrial applications. It is great for topical use on the skin and the hair. It is also a nice cooking oil with a soft, appealing taste.

Moringa seed oil offers many health benefits when used on the skin and also when taken internally.  

1. Excellent Moisturizer Ben oil is one of the best moisturizers for the skin. It should be applied to the skin as a massage oil. It imparts glow to the skin and makes it well moisturized, but not too oiled. This oil is absorbed well into the skin, making it a nice ingredient in many home made cosmetic products. This brilliant moisturization effects is because of very high amount of omega- 9 fatty acid ( oleic acid ) in moringa oil. It also makes the skin quite smooth, because of the behenic acid in it. Behenic acid is used in many products for its ability to smooth the skin and condition hair. This oil slips easily on the skin and spreads well.

 2. Other Benefits for Skin Besides moisturizing, moringa oil can do a lot more for your skin.
  • Moringa oil pacifies dry skin. It is helpful in dry, irritated skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  • Acne - Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, moringa seed oil can be used as a spot treatment for acne. It also aids the body in healing acne scars.
  • It adds gloss to the skin, which may be needed sometimes, especially when the weather is dry.
  • It can be applied over scars left behind by wounds, scrapes, bruises and burns. Moringa oil mixed with tamanu oil is a powerful scar diminishing formula.
  • Fungal infections - Moringa oil can deal with certain fungal infections because it contains anti-fungal activity. One can use it on ringworm, athlete's foot and jock itch.
  • Anti-Aging - Regular application of moringa oil reduces the striking appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin It can be combined with an astringent product like aloe vera or witch hazel to make saggy skin taut.
 3. Moringa Oil for Hair
 Helps Promote Hair Growth
Moringa oil is high in many vitamins and minerals such as calcium, and Vitaman C. Moringa oil helps improve the appearance of your hair making it stronger, shiny and healthy. Moringa oil contains high contents of vitamin A, zinc, vitamin E, B vitamins and silica which is known to promote natural hair growth.

Conditions Hair
Moringa oil is also considered a powerful hair conditioner. It works well when used as a hot oil treatment. When used as a hot oil treatment, it leaves your hair very moisturized, The hair roots are nourished, dandruff is washed out and there is much less irritation on the scalp.

Strengthens Hair
Moringa oil also strengthens hair roots and as such can help with hair loss. It nourishes weak, damaged hair and reduces the lifelessness in them. The best result is the conditioning. Hair is manageable and can be combed nicely. It adds shine or gloss to the hair, making them look beautiful.This effect is because of behenic acid.

And to think we have Moringa trees (ssssssssssss)  wasting in my backyard, thanks to youtube,I am going to be watching how to extract Moringa oil from the plant. Maybe I will make plenty and do a Giveaway!!!

Will you be trying this Moringa oil for your hair and skin?

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