Used in ancient Ayurvedic Science for thousands of years, Neem is a herb enriched with more than 130 different biologically active compounds. Thus providing various benefits that can be found only in a few natural products. Neem is known as various names depending upon the language of the people using it. For example, it is known as Vepa in Telugu, Nimba Pata in Bengali, Aaru Veppila in Malayalam, Limba in Gujarati, and Veppilai in Tamil. Other names of Neem are Paraiso, Huile de Neem, Margosa, Arishta, Azadirachta indica A. Juss, Persian Lilac, etc. It is also known as Mwarubaini in East Africa which means ‘The Tree of The Forty’ because of its ability to treat forty different diseases.
Neem contains antibacterial, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties, still, only a small portion of the population know about its benefits and its importance in Ayurveda. Here we will discuss some amazing properties of Neem and how you can use it for some amazing skin & hair benefits, so let’s get started.
The sebaceous glands present beneath your skin pores produce an oil known as sebum. When this oil reacts with oxygen, it turns black and forms a blackhead. Blackheads can be very embarrassing and not only do they ruin the beauty of your face but also lowers your self-confidence. There are loads of face washes and beauty creams available in the market claiming to be effective against blackheads but they do nothing. Let aside the hefty prices you pay for them. It may be surprising for you to know that you can prevent recurring blackheads by using Neem.
Put some leaves of Neem in water and boil it. When the water boils up, steam your face. Use a towel to cover up your head so that the steam concentrates fully on your face. Once done, apply a paste of Neem leaves directly on your face and wait for at least 15 minutes, or until the mask is dry, before rinsing it with cold water. Repeat this process twice a week.
Treat Skin Dryness:
Neem helps in eradicating toxins from the body that are harmful to your skin. Neem contains vitamin E which is an excellent cure for dry skin. Neem also helps in restoring the natural elasticity of your skin. In addition to that, Neem has antibacterial and antiviral properties which help in preventing any type of bacterial and fungal infection. Mix Neem powder with a few drops of grape seed oil and apply the mixture to your face. Leave it till the mask dries and rinse it using cold water. Apply the mask twice a week. You will get better results within a few weeks.
NOTE: You can consume a few drops of Neem which will purify your blood, resulting in a better skin. Also, you can take bath in water having Neem leaves which will help in eradicating mild skin infections.
When the collagen and elastin fibers break and lose their elasticity, the skin starts to develop wrinkles and other signs of aging. This natural process cannot be totally prevented but can be delayed. No, not by using beauty products, rather with the help of Neem. The presence of vitamin E in Neem makes it a natural antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals, thereby prevents the formation of wrinkles. Also, because of the presence of omega-6, omega-9, and palmitic acid, Neem helps in a quick repair of damaged skin cells, thus preventing your skin from aging. All you need to do is grab a bottle of diluted Neem oil and apply it to your face. You can also use Neem powder and mix it with your face packs. It will help you delay the signs of skin aging.
Enhance Hair Growth:
If we see from a general perspective, your hair truly adds to your personality. And no matter what happens, you just cannot compromise on the way you look. Neem has regenerative properties that can reduce hair fall and also enhance your hair growth. There are a lot of ways you can make use of Neem for your hair related problems and benefit from its properties. You can use Neem Oil (alone or along with your regular oil) and apply it on your scalp which will help in improving the blood circulation in the scalp, thus enhancing your hair growth. You can also prepare a Neem paste by grinding some fresh leaves. Apply the paste to your hair from roots to tips and leave for 30 minutes before washing your hair with your regular shampoo.
Dandruff can cause strong irritation and itching. It is also responsible for hair loss. However, it can be countered by using Neem. Mix Neem powder with water until you get a thick paste and add a few drops of almond oil or olive oil to it. Apply the paste to your scalp and make sure you cover the entire scalp. Leave the paste for at least 20 minutes and then shampoo as usual. This will fight dandruff and at the same time condition your hair.
Now you know how many benefits does a single herb provide. So next time you think about fighting your skin and hair problems, you know what all you need.