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Unless you’re a skincare aficionado, you may not be familiar with moringa oil. It’s a traditional skincare ingredient that’s been used for centuries and is currently soaring in popularity. There’s good reason for that — the moringa oil benefits for skin are impressive. It's chock full of monounsaturated fatty acids which are fantastic skin barrier support, and it’s widely regarded as a gentle, soothing oil ideal for sensitive skin.

But the moringa oil benefits for skin go beyond its fantastic topical feel. It’s positively packed with powerful active ingredients like quercetin, which has a reputation for cooling inflammation and histamine reactions. Just one of the many things that makes it an ideal choice when you’re dealing with rashes.

Before we take a look at all of the amazing things moringa oil can do, I’d love to recommend my completely FREE Skin Rash Root Cause Finder. It’s a quick and easy-to-use workbook that will help you narrow down what’s at the root of your rash so you can get to work stopping it! It’s the same process I take my private clients through to help them heal from rashes for good! Download it here and let’s figure this out, together!

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In This Episode:

  • Moringa Oleifera drumsticks for the win
  • The seriously diverse health benefits of moringa oil
  • Top 3 ways this ‘miracle’ oil helps your skin
  • How to use moringa oil for rashes
  • What to look for in moringa oil formulas

Quotes

“Moringa oil is packed with more than 40 natural powerful compounds that potentially explain why it’s adept at fighting inflammation and oxidation. Among these, quercetin is one of the most interesting for rash fighting. Quercetin is an antioxidant that’s got an incredible reputation for inhibiting histamine. Which we know can be a possible driver of skin rashes.”

“Moringa oil’s also loaded with vitamin E, a known skin-supportive ingredient that’s considered an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and a fantastic moisturizer.“

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340: Moringa Oil Benefits For Skin {FULL TRANSCRIPT}

Welcome back to episode 340 of the Healthy Skin Show! In today’s episode, I’m discussing moringa oil benefits for skin. We’re talking all about why it’s so amazing, and how to best use it for rashed skin.

Moringa seed oil has a unique and interesting history. It’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and is prized for its ability to penetrate and protect the skin barrier.

Let’s take a look at why it’s been used as a skin soother for over 5,000 years and some of the more modern research behind this incredible plant.

 

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Introducing Moringa Oleifera (Drumstick)

Thousands of years ago, Ayurvedic practitioners noted in their classic texts that the moringa oleifera plant showed an array of health benefits — from decreasing swelling to helping with skin disease and fever. (1)

They were so impressed with this plant that they nicknamed the moringa tree the “tree of life” or “miracle tree.” (2) Today, it is often referred to as a “drumstick tree” or “horseradish tree” because the immature seed pods look like drumsticks and can be substituted for horseradish roots in cooking.

Moringa is currently having a moment, both as a skincare ingredient and as a superfood. And that’s because so many parts of this tree are beneficial. The drumsticks can be eaten, the leaves are used to flavor foods, the flowers are used for making tea, and the seeds are roasted and eaten like a snack, as well as ground into a powder.

Nutritionally, moringa is an absolute powerhouse. Different parts of the plant are reported to contain a wide array of minerals, vitamins, and protein. (3)

Another cool thing about moringa is that it grows quickly, and it’s easy to grow. It thrives in dry environments and is frost-resistant. (4) It also produces a harvest rather quickly and gives a high yield, making it an eco-friendly, sustainable crop.

Researchers have noted that moringa has anti-cancer, liver protective, neuroprotective, antidepressant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing potential. (5)

When it comes to skin and rashes though, our focus is on moringa oleifera seed oil, an oil extracted from the seeds of this magnificent tree.

Let’s explore the benefits of moringa oil for skin.

 

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Moringa Oil Health Benefits

The moringa oil benefits for the skin are truly remarkable. Here are what I consider the top 3.

1. Moringa Seed Oil And Hydration

Moringa oleifera oil is packed with a ton of skin-benefitting compounds, and it’s over 70% oleic acid. (6) Oleic acid is a rich and nourishing oil that is also very similar to the oil your own body produces — so it’s unlikely to clog pores or irritate sensitive skin. Oleic acid is a skin barrier supporter and it’s also considered an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

One study found that when moringa seed oil was incorporated into a cream base, participants enjoyed increased hydration levels in their dry skin. The people in the study did not experience any skin irritation due to the moringa oil, either. And while I definitely wouldn’t recommend moringa oil as a sunscreen, researchers also observed it appears to have some protective properties when it comes to the sun, too. (7)

Another study also looked at moringa oil’s ability to hydrate and revitalize the skin, offering some potential anti-aging benefits. Participants noted a decrease in both scaliness and roughness after three months of using a moringa oil-infused cream base on their skin. (8)

2. Moringa Oil Supports Healthy Levels Of Inflammation

Moringa oleifera seeds are considered anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-oxidative, and anti-carcinogenic. (9)

Moringa oil’s also loaded with vitamin E, a known skin-supportive ingredient that’s considered an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and a fantastic moisturizer. (10)

Research suggests that moringa seed oil could reduce swelling when applied topically, as well. In one study, researchers induced edema by applying chemicals known to cause inflammatory swelling in mouse ears. Then they applied moringa seed oil and observed a significant reduction in the epidermal swelling and inflammation of the skin. (11)

Moringa oil is packed with more than 40 natural powerful compounds that potentially explain why it’s adept at fighting inflammation and oxidation. (12) Among these, quercetin is one of the most interesting for rash fighting. Quercetin is an antioxidant that’s got an incredible reputation for inhibiting histamine. (13) Which we know can be a possible driver of skin rashes. Read more on histamine and rashes here.

3. Moringa Oleifera Oil Is Calming

With all of its powerful active ingredients and anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties, it makes sense that moringa oil is so calming to irritated skin.

In one study, researchers again used chemicals to induce psoriasis-like lesions in mice. Then they applied three separate constituents they’d isolated from moringa oil to these psoriasis-like lesions…and they found that all three compounds showed a “profound inhibitory effect” on the irritated skin. (14)

 

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Moringa Oil Uses

Personally, I love and recommend moringa oil to my clients all the time.

Moringa seed oil is a feature ingredient in all three of our Quell creams and I’ve seen these formulas produce remarkable results when it comes to rashed skin.

It’s important to note that when it comes to rashes, moringa oil is best when it’s diluted. High levels of oleic fatty acid can be more irritating, especially to keratinocytes when the skin barrier is compromised. (15) In our Quell creams, we pair moringa oil with black cumin seed oil in a soothing cream base that feels incredible on your skin so it’s properly diluted.

There’s at least one reported case of an allergic reaction to ingesting moringa powder, which may be more common as this plant becomes more popular as a superfood. (16)

While moringa oil use is generally unlikely to cause irritation or allergic reaction topically based on the small amount of data we do have, it’s still best to proceed with caution and do a patch test.

You can order samples of our best-selling creams that contain moringa oil to test here (they’re basically FREE)

 

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Key Takeaways: Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil Benefits

Moringa seed oil is a powerful ally when it comes to soothing and taming rashes. It’s positively loaded with active ingredients that inhibit histamines, oxidants, and inflammatories. It’s adept at moisturizing the skin and supporting the skin barrier.

Plus, it’s a gentle oil that’s typically very safe when applied topically, not greasy or heavy, and has a wonderful texture.

It’s a favorite of mine and that’s why we’ve included it in all of our Quell formulas.

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moringa oil benefits for skin