Neem also known as Azadirachta indica is a native to the Indian subcontinent and some countries in South Africa. It possess tremendous benefits. The bark, leaves, seeds, fruit have some benefits or the other. These all have bitter taste but still has culinary uses and used in many dishes. It is loaded with fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It can help to deal with any skin and hair issues and give healthy skin and hair. Also used in Pest and disease control, Medicines, polymeric resins and many more.
- Neem leaves help in reducing inflammation in gastro intestinal tract. They also help to heal ulcers and other digestive issues like cramping, bloating and constipation.
- Neem leaves also help to regulate the blood sugar level and also the blood pressure.
- Neem exhibit anti bacterial , antifungal , antiviral, anti inflammatory properties and can treat many infections and heal wounds.
- Neem oil extracted from leaves and bark helps to relieve the symptoms related to skin problems such as ringworm, eczema, itching etc.
- Help to reduce the pain and swelling in joints related to arthritis.
- Used as an mosquito repellent.
- Chewing the neem twigs help to keep teeth clean, arrests bleeding gums and pyorrhea and relieves tooth pain.
- Regular consumption of neem leaves acts as an immunity booster.
- It acts as a very effective blood purifier and detoxifier.
Neem benefits for skin:
Suitable for all skin types.
Purifies the blood and hence improves skin tone and texture.
Fatty acids and vitamin E in Neem act as a perfect moisturizer and nourish the skin making it soft and supple.
Shrinks the pores and exfoliates the skin thus removing impurities and prevents the occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads.
Boosts the production of enzyme procollagen and protein elastin thus promoting collagen production and reduces signs of ageing.
Antibacterial properties helps treating and preventing acne.
Being antifungal, antibacterial and ant inflammatory ,it soothes irritation and inflammation and can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema, itching, psoriasis
Treats warts and moles.
Contains antioxidants and vitamin E which minimises fine lines, wrinkles.
DIY for Skin:
Boil neem leaves in water till it acquires a color indicating the properties getting infused in water. Strain. Apply the water with cotton on the entire face. Regular use will help to bring out the white heads and blackheads out from within and open the clogged pores.
Make a paste of neem powder, turmeric and water and apply to the scars and blemishes. Regular use will help to lighten the scars.
Make a paste of 2 tsp of neem powder, 1 tsp of lemon and some rosewater to get the right consistency. Apply the paste and wash off with cold water. This gives a glowing spotless skin.
Neem Benefits for hair:
Antifungal properties relieve itching, inflammation and irritation due to dandruff and dry scalp.
Massaging neem oil on the scalp help to boost blood circulation of the scalp and promotes hair growth.
Anti oxidant properties help to reverse the premature greying of hair. Regular use of neem mask or neem oil can help.
Contains fatty acids which nourishes the scalp and keep the hair smooth.
DIY for hair:
Boil some neem leaves in water and use the water to rinse your scalp. Lightly massage the scalp and then wash with a mild chemical free shampoo. Using it twice week will help get rid of dandruff and give a clean moisturized scalp.
Apply a hair mask of neem powder and coconut oil from roots to tip. Keep it for 20 minutes and wash off with a mild chemical free shampoo. This will help to reduce hair fall and give strong healthy hair which good texture.
Mix neem powder with half cup of curd and apply on the scalp. Wash off after 20 minutes with a mild chemical free shampoo. This will help to control premature greying of hair.
*Though using Neem orally or topically is extremely safe. Its advisable to consult a doctor before using it long term