Health column by Cameron Olsen ND
Moringa oil: the secret and essential ingredient for skin and hair
The longest-lived populations across the planet have one thing in common: a diet rich in antioxidants. What are antioxidants? It’s a molecule that protects our cells from “oxidative stress” caused by environmental pollutants, food toxins, or a sedentary lifestyle. The oxidation of our cells occurs at the level of our DNA.
One of the best sources of protection can be found in medicinal plants such as Moringa Olifeira, recognized as one of the richest sources of antioxidants. People who are familiar with this herb and use it regularly can attest to the beneficial health qualities it provides. More and more, we are starting to discover cosmetics in which moringa oil is present. These new products are not just a passing trend. Well, I hope so, because this oil yields many health benefits for hair and skin. Thus it can replace many components easily.
First, Moringa oil is an emollient that builds a barrier to lock in moisture. This quality helps a lot those who suffer from dry skin problems, including eczema and psoriasis. In fact, one study showed remarkable efficacy in reducing psoriasis inflammation. Second, Moringa oil is gentle enough to suit all skin types. Additionally, the rich source of vitamin E gives the oil an antibacterial quality that can also help treat acne.
What I see most often in describing the qualities of this oil is the term “anti-aging”. The oil can counter this phenomenon by being rich in oleic acid, phytonutrients and antioxidants, nutrients that are known to help slow down the aging process. In addition, moringa oil enhances the tightening of facial skin, thus fighting the appearance of wrinkles.
In terms of scalp benefits, Moringa oil can be used to fight dandruff, for dry hair, or to restore shine. Just use a small amount of the oil on wet hair and take the time to gently massage it in.
Moringa oil has not been recognized for a long time for its many qualities, both for the body and for the hair, but the cosmetic industry has chosen it as a new magical ingredient. I recommend that you do it.
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