A humble tree belonging to the Mahogany family is commonly found in India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. For years, users of Neem have known that it is not only a great acne fighter but also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-malarial properties; and therefore, it is often called sarva roga nivarini meaning that which keeps diseases at bay.
Due to Neem’s uniqueness, it has been gaining popularity all over the world as a result of its health applications which include medicinal remedies, skincare, hair care uses and more.
If you have been looking for a natural solution for any of the above issues, search no more. Here’s how Neem can help.
Blood and skin cleanser: A clean intestine equals to clear skin. Neem helps in purifying the blood and eliminating toxins that lead to acne, pimples, eczema, skin rashes and psoriasis. Neem also obstructs growth of propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and staphylococcus epidermidis, acne causing bacteria.
Eliminates bacteria and parasites: Being anti-fungal and anti-bacterial Neem is adept at fighting contagious and infectious diseases like chicken pox, diarrhea, giardia, tapeworms, etc.
Prevents cancer: Components of Neem leaves help in cancer prevention and treatment. Ongoing research indicates towards Neem leaf extract having the capability to kill cancerous prostate cells, according to a study published in ‘Journal of Ethnopharmacology.’
Fights dandruff, promotes hair growth: The anti-fungal property of Neem makes it an effective dandruff fighter. Application of Neem paste or Neem water on hair aids in relieving hair dryness and itching and encourages hair growth.
Anti-aging properties: The antioxidants present in Neem leaves are extraordinarily high which, help protect skin from damage. Neem contains carotenoids (similar to carotene) which help defend the skin against age-promoting free radicals.
Apart from the above benefits of Neem leaf, this one tree pharmacy plant also treats bleeding nose, eye problems, gum diseases, birth control, low sperm count, and poor appetite.
Home remedies using Neem for acne, hair loss and more…
Neem is used as an Ayurvedic ingredient in a great range of beauty recipes for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. We list out simply ways in which you can use this simple herb to fight hair fall, acne, skin breakouts, hair growth and more.
Natural acne treatment: In half a liter water add 15-20 Neem leaves and bring to boil. Strain the water and store the green concoction in a bottle. Using a cotton ball use this liquid for cleaning your face every night. This natural toner will fight acne, clear scars and pigmentation.
You can also use the above concoction to fight skin rashes and body itch. Just add 100 ml of this liquid in your bathtub to prevent skin infection.
Natural face mask: Mash a few Neem leaves with Tulsi leaves, you can also use Tulsi and Neem powder to make a paste using rose water. Apply this directly on your face concentrating on your acne prone areas.
Natural moisturizer: Use Neem oil to moisturize your skin to treat dry and itchy skin.
Natural blackhead remover: Dabbing Neem oil on your blackheads directly will help reduce them considerably.
For oily skin: In a saucer, take a tablespoon of Neem powder, few drops of lemon juice, a tablespoon of yogurt, mix well and apply it on your face directly.
Natural skin toner: A cotton ball dipped in Neem water will act as a natural toner for your skin. You can also make a face pack using honey, milk, yogurt, Neem water and orange peel powder and apply it evenly on your face. Wash it off after it dries up. This will help in clearing acne marks, whiteheads and reduce pores.
Natural scalp treatment: Boil fresh Neem leaves in water, use the water to rinse your hair after you shampoo them. This will solve all your stinky, itchy scalp issues, hair fall and dandruff.
Natural hair growth solution: A good head massage using Neem oil promotes hair growth.
Natural conditioner: Neem powder mixed with Amla powder makes for a natural face pack that equates to a conditioner that will thoroughly condition your hair and make them healthy.
Contraindications of neem
Neem oil is especially not recommended for children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Depending on the conditions, Neem may not recommended in the case of auto-immune diseases (such as multiple sclerosis), diabetes, surgery or organ transplants. Always remember to consult your healthcare professional before using any health care products.
Hao F, Kumar S, Yadav N, Chandra D. Neem components as potential agents for cancer prevention and treatment. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Jul10;1846(1):247-257. doi: 10.1016/j.bbcan.2014.07.002. [Epub ahead of print]Review. PubMed PMID: 25016141.
Harish Kumar, et al, Investigational New Drugs; The Neem Limonoids Azadirachtin and Nimbolide Inhibit Cell Proliferation and Induce Apoptosis in an Animal Model of Oral Oncogenesis; 2010.