Moringa Seed Oil: Natural Sunscreen & Powerful Skin Healing
Thai people understand the Moringa tree - or มะรุม (ma-ruum) as it's called in Thailand. It grows like a weed and they EAT it. The young leaves are added raw to soups and curries for flavour and nourishment, and the fresh, green seeds are prized in the dry season as a yummy addition to curries. But consequently, moringa seed oil isn't well known in Thailand, since there are rarely any seeds left to dry and press oil from when Songkran comes around.
Moringa Seed Oil, also known as Ben Oil or Behen Oil, is derived from the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree. This tree, which is indigenous to both Africa and India and is also known as the "Miracle Tree," has been used for medicinal and nutritional purposes for literally millennia. It is in both the African traditional medicine culture and in Ayurveda that Moringa Seed Oil is prized for its almost miraculous skin healing properties.
Recent research has shown that Moringa seed oil has several properties that make it beneficial for the skin, including its natural sunscreen properties. Moringa seed oil contains high levels of antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation and oxidative stress. Studies have shown that Moringa seed oil can help to reduce sun-induced skin damage, such as erythema (redness) and edema (swelling).
In addition to its natural sunscreen properties, Moringa seed oil also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Inflammation and oxidative stress are thought to play a role in the development of several skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Moringa seed oil may help to reduce the appearance of these conditions and improve the overall health of the skin.
Moringa seed oil also has antimicrobial properties. This means that it can help to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses that can cause skin infections. One study from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North-Eastern Hill University, India showed that Moringa seed oil has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may make it an effective treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Moringa seed oil can be applied topically to the skin, it is safe to use and non-irritating . It is also gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. It can be used as a daily moisturizer or as a spot treatment for specific skin conditions, also as a natural sunscreen, by providing sun protection of around SPF 3.
In conclusion, Moringa seed oil is a natural and effective ingredient that can be used to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. With its powerful natural sunscreen properties, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, it may help to reduce sun-induced skin damage, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the overall health of the skin, and reduce the risk of skin infections.