Hermal oil, also known as Syrian rue oil, is extracted from the seeds of the Peganum harmala plant which grows in the Middle East and South Asia. The seeds and other parts of this plant have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years via maceration, infusion and burning. Hermal oil contains alkaloid compounds which give it potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties. This oil can be taken internally to treat urinary and gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. Its anti-microbial properties make it a popular natural treatment for head lice when applied to the scalp.
It is also a wonderful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory oil that is used externally to treat painful joints, skin cancer and skin inflammation.
Directions for use
The dosage for internal use is 1 teaspoon of hermal oil per day, but speak to your doctor first as it may not be safe for everyone.
Massage this oil into the muscles and joints to treat pain and inflammation, and into the skin to treat infections and skin conditions. Apply some oil to the hair and scalp and let it soak in to treat lice, dandruff and hair loss.
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