Neem tree has been used since ages in India from using it as a toothbrush to treating diseases like chicken pox and small pox. Neem has been used in almost 70% of Ayurveda medicine. Modern age has also found its uses in products like toothpaste, shampoo and soap.
Why Neem benefits Skin care and Hair care?
The term “neem” is derived from Sanskrit name “nemba” meaning “to give good health”. It has an unpleasant smell but you will forgive the smell for its incredible results.
- Analgesic – providing pain relief.
- Antiviral – inhibits the growth of viruses.
- Anti-fungal – inhibits the growth of fungi.
- Antibacterial – destroying the growth of bacteria
- Anti-inflammatory – reduce certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness.
- Antimicrobial – destroying the growth of microorganisms.
- Age defying.
Beauty Uses of Neem
Some effective applications tried and tested.
1. For curing a pimple, grind a few leaves and apply it gently on the pimple. Apply it 2 to 3 times a day. The pimple will vanish in a few days. You can store the grinded leaves in an air tight container for three days.
2. Apply the paste in a thin layer as a face mask and then leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and gently rinse off. It prevents premature aging, wrinkles, black heads and white heads.
3. Traditionally, Indians bathe in neem leaves boiled in hot water to cure skin ailments and allergic reactions. This water is proven to works efficiently. The water can also be stored and used for toning. Dip a cotton ball with the water and wipe entire face for preventing pimple and acne. Otherwise, fill a prayer bottle with neem water to spritz whenever needed. After shampoo, use the water as a conditioner for hair to effectively prevent frizzy hair, dandruff and lice.
5. Apply a paste of grinded neem leaves and turmeric powder on face and then wash it after 15 minutes. This also prevents and treats skin irritations for oily skin.
6. For bright and radiant skin, use leaves paste, orange peel/pulp, honey and yogurt mixture as a face pack and then leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
7. For clear skin, dab neem oil with your daily moisturizer. The high fatty-acid content prevents and treats acne.
8. To tame frizzy hair, add a few drops of this oil to your regular shampoo and use it regularly.
9. Add few drops of its oil with olive oil in 1:10 ratio apply it to your face and hair for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off. It acts as a good conditioner for face and hair.
10. Heat coconut oil with few drops of the its oil and apply it to the scalp using a cotton ball and gently spread it over the roots evenly. Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off with a mild shampoo. This cures lice and also prevents hair fall. Use it once or twice a week.
11. For fungal infections during humid seasons, apply neem seed oil on the affected area. Apply it twice a day for desired results.
12. Add a dab of neem oil to toothpaste and brush for whitening teeth and also to reduce tooth decay and improve oral health.
13. Twigs of neem cleans the gums of teeth well. The gum massage and the goodness of twigs ensure to prevent plaque and strengthen gums.
Tips and Precautions:
- The active ingredients present in it causes a tingly sensation. It is normal to feel the tingly sensation.
- Do a patch test on a small area of skin before using it on face.
- You can use raw neem leaves or its powder available on market.
- Never use neem oil directly if you have sensitive skin, always dilute it with carrier oils like coconut oil, olive oil or castor oil. Keep it away from children and babies too.