The race for beautiful healthy hair is always on for us naturals. Some of us are patient, and others are ready to get results now. But be that as it may, when going natural things happen on their own accord and on their own cycle — just as nature intended.
When you use natural remedies for your natural hair, the results you get are amazing and well-worth the wait. The latest (but not newest) remedy that you can use to help promote hair growth, and beautiful skin at the same time, is moringa oleifera.
Moringa is regarded as the “Tree of Life” in Africa because all parts of this tree can be used for healing and nourishment. However, the part of the tree you need to accomplish beautiful hair and skin are the leaves and seed oil.
What are the hair benefits of Moringa leaves?
To get you aboard wanting to try this out, just take a look at the various benefits it offers your hair. Not only does it help with growth, but with dandruff, breakage and split ends. It is its own super nutritious supplement provided by mother nature herself. Here’s a closer look at why it’s one of the best ingredients to use for your locks:
➤ It’s packed with vitamin A* and delivers optimum oxygen to your strands, along with nutrients to your hair follicle’s circulatory system, which is all necessary for hair growth. The role of vitamin A is to develop healthy tissues and cells that can prevent hair loss. When you’re deficient in vitamin A, it can cause your scalp to thicken, which then results to dandruff and dry hair.
➤ It also has zinc and silica, which boosts your immune function, resulting in hair growth stimulation. Combined with vitamin A, the two minerals help prevent drying and sebaceous gland clogging (responsible for sebum production). When you don’t have enough zinc in your body, it can cause atrophy of the hair follicles, which is caused by impairment of protein synthesis and DNA.
➤ It contains the powerful antioxidant we know as vitamin E*, which also promotes scalp blood circulation. When your scalp has lots of blood flow, it allows it to absorb nutrients from the hair follicles much better. This is why a lot of people perform scalp massages.
➤ It prevents hair loss owing to the high rate of nutrition it contains. Hair loss is caused by vitamin B deficiency, most notably B6; hence, a lack of biotin, folic acid and inositol will result in hair loss. Since moringa has lots of vitamin C*, when combined with vitamin E*, the circulation in your scalp is improved because your capillaries (which are responsible for delivering blood to your follicles) are properly maintained.
➤ Overall, moringa is packed with nutritional goodies like iron, potassium, selenium, calcium, magnesium* and manganese, which are all important for obtaining and maintaining healthy hair.
What are the skin benefits of Moringa?
It’s great to have a natural product/ingredient that you can use on your hair and face. If you’re a minimalist beauty, then you’ll appreciate the fact that with moringa you can.
It has lots of vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy skin, including vitamin A*, B, C, D, E, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, silica, manganese and magnesium*. Here are more reasons why you should definitely include it in your face care regimens:
➤ It offers anti-aging properties, thanks to its ability to stave off free radicals, which are known to cause wrinkles and speed up the process of your skin aging. Moringa cleans your skin cells of these damaging free radicals, helping you to regain and maintain a beautiful complexion that’s youthful and supple. The leaves of this miraculous plant have around 30 antioxidants, and using the oil can be an excellent way to absorb its nutrients into your skin.
➤ It has sulphur, which is the mineral that can be found in every part of your body, and is much-needed for the creation of collagen and keratin. Collagen is what makes your skin elastic and soft, while the keratin helps keep it firm.
➤ It detoxifies your skin by filtering out impurities (especially the seed extract of this herb). It also rejuvenates, balancing out your natural tone and color. The leaves can also be used for this purpose by making it into a mask.
➤ It protects your skin from pollution, such as heavy metals, smog, free radicals and even cigarette smoke.
How to put this Moringa goodness to use
Alright, so you get the gist of why this super food ingredient is a must-have in your beauty regimen, but how exactly should you use it? There are so many ways that you can, but for this article, we’ll focus on the three methods of distribution — putting into your body, onto your skin and onto your hair.
Create a nourishing clay mask
One way to implement moringa leaf powder into your skincare regimen is to include it in your clay masks. This will give your mask an extra detoxifying boost, while at the same time nourishing your skin.
Or you can opt to put it into your seaweed mask, creating a nutritious face paste. Just add 1-2 tsp of moringa to 1-2 tb of your favorite clays and mix with water or aloe vera gel* until it’s creamy.
Just make sure to place it in a non-metal bowl and only mix it using a non-metal spoon. You want to avoid metal when you’re dealing with clays because it rips the heavy metals right out of those spoons and bowls. And you don’t want that on your face!
Rinse your hair with Moringa tea
You can purchase moringa leaf tea bags or loose form powder and boil it as you would any tea. If you decide to use loose powder, add 1-2 tb to 3-4 cups of water and bring it to a boil, then put it on simmer for about 10 minutes. Then strain it and rinse your hair with the solution. If you want to use the moringa seed oil, you can massage it into your scalp.
Drink it as a tea or in your smoothie
If you enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, bring to boil 8 oz of water and pour in 2 tsp of moringa. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and then consume it with organic or 100% pure maple syrup. Another option is to add those 2 tsp into your favorite smoothie.
It’s great rediscovering the greatness of our African history and its “long lost secrets”. This tree has been used for centuries (and still is by Africans today) but is just now becoming mainstream in the Western hemisphere.
You can find tons of reviews from people who have used moringa to prevent hair loss and even reverse gray hair to its natural color. It’s a natural remedy you can afford to try, so why not?
Have you yet tried or heard of moringa? Do you plan to?