Indian Lilac, which is commonly known as neem, has been an integral part of Ayurveda for the benefits associated with it. It is an herb that is commonly available throughout the year and has benefits that only a few natural products can provide (1). Neem has antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that not only benefit your health but also can help you get rid of common beauty problems. So, read more about the uses of the neem tree to know how you can use this miraculous herb in your daily beauty regime.
A. Benefits Of Neem For Skin:
Neem proves to be a miracle for people with problematic skin, thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Neem is a boon for people with sensitive or oily, acne-prone skin.
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Neem contains Vitamin C, which helps in getting rid of skin problems like blackheads, pigmentation, dullness and aging, thus leaving the skin with a youthful glow.
Here are some ways in which you can use neem to get that glowing skin you have always wanted:
1. Clears Acne & Dark Pigmentation:
Boil a concoction of about 20 neem leaves in half a litre of water till the leaves are soft and discoloured, and the water turns green. Strain and store in a bottle. Use this liquid as a skin toner by just dipping a cotton ball into it and wiping your face with it every night. Regular usage will help in clearing acne, scars (2), pigmentation and blackheads.
2. Prevents Recurrence Of Blackheads:
In case you have a very sensitive skin and are suffering from blackheads, dilute neem oil with water and apply it over the blackheads (3). Make sure that that you don’t use more than 2-3 drops of neem oil. Applying this regularly will help you in getting rid of blackheads and also prevent them from coming back.
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3. Treats Skin Infection:
4. Prevents Acne Breakouts:
To get rid of acne, take about 10 neem leaves, boil them with small segments of orange peel in a little water. When they become a little soft, let them cook a little and then pound them into a pulp. Apply this to your face and let it sit till it starts drying after which you can rinse with cold water. This face pack will help in clearing acne and prevent breakouts (5). It also helps in getting rid of whiteheads and blackheads.
In case you have very dry skin, you can add a little honey and yogurt to this pack.
5. Turns Skin Clear:
Another effective remedy for acne and pimples using neem is to make a paste of neem leaves and turmeric and use it twice a week. Regular usage gives you a clear and flawless skin (6). You can also add some grated cucumber to it as well.
6. Treats Pimples:
Just like neem, tulsi is another herb that has many benefits for the skin. Grind together a few neem leaves with a handful of tulsi leaves or you can use the powder form of both, if they are available to you. Mix it with rose water to form a paste and apply it to naturally treat pimples (7).
7. Controls Excess Oils:
Oily skin beauties who are looking for some sebum control can make a paste by mixing neem powder with lemon juice and a little bit of yogurt. This will not only control the excess oil but also prevent acne and infections that are common problems associated with this skin type (8).
8. Adds Glow To The Skin:
For getting a glowing skin with a clear complexion (9), mix neem powder with rose petal powder, yogurt and a little milk to make a smooth paste. Apply it and let it rest for 15 minutes and rinse with water that is mixed with 2-3 tbsp. of rose water.
You can also add fuller’s earth or gram flour to this pack to make it into a scrub.
9. Lightens Skin Pigmentation:
To get rid of pigmentation and blemishes on the skin, mix neem powder, with tulsi powder, sandalwood powder and rose water to make a fine paste. Apply the paste on your face and let it dry before you wash it off with cold water. Regular usage will help in lightening the blemishes (10).
10. Treats Skin Dryness:
Not many people know about the moisturizing properties of neem but, nonetheless, neem helps in getting rid of dryness of the skin without making it oily, thus giving a very balanced effect (11). Mix neem powder with some water and few drops of grape seed oil and apply it to your face.
11. Delays Signs Of Skin Aging:
Neem contains immune-stimulating compounds and regenerative properties that help the skin fight pathogens below the skin surface, thus keeping the skin remain supple. Applying neem oil on your face or adding neem powder to your face packs helps in soothing the skin and reducing the effects of aging (12).
12. Treats Skin Allergies & Infections:
Neem has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help in soothing the skin in case you are suffering from some skin allergy or infection (13). Boil the neem leaves & apply the water on the allergy after refrigerating it so that it cools down.
13. Heals Psoriasis:
Psoriasis is a skin disease that is not only painful but also leaves your skin looking as if its burnt. The most common problem associated with this disease is dryness and scaling. Neem oil helps in getting rid of itchiness and irritation. It also helps in keeping the skin moisturised, thus reducing the dryness and scaling. The antibacterial properties also prevent development of any further skin infections (14).
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14. Treats Eczema:
Eczema is a skin disorder which makes the skin dry and itchy. Neem offers instantaneous and long-term relief from eczema. It also effectively cleans the rashes caused due to eczema. You can boil neem bark in water and use its paste as a pack against eczema (15).
B. Benefits Of Neem For Hair:
Every girl dreams of having long, shining and healthy hair just like Rapunzel. It doesn’t matter whether you are born with healthy hair or with an unruly mane, it is important to take care of those tresses. Neem is a magical herb that not only helps to treat skin problems but also scalp and hair problems, that too, effectively and safely. If you are tired of using chemical laden hair products that make big promises but disappoint you when it comes to results, then stop looking and just read on to find out about some simple DIY with neem that will prove miraculous for your hair.
15. Treats Dandruff & Hair Fall:
To reduce hair fall and to get rid of dandruff, boil a handful of neem leaves in 2 cups of water till the leaves change colour and the water becomes greenish. Use this water as the last rinse after you shampoo your hair. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of neem help in getting rid of the dandruff, keeping your scalp healthy and help in stimulating hair growth (16).
16. Reduces Scalp Itchiness:
To tackle the problem of dandruff and itchy scalp, you can also apply a paste of neem powder and water and let it sit for an hour followed by your regular shampoo and conditioning (17).
[ Read: Effective Dandruff Remedies ]
17. Enhances Hair Growth Rate:
Neem has regenerative properties which help in reducing hair fall. An oil massage to the scalp using neem oil can increase the blood circulation in the scalp and help in enhancing the rate of hair growth (18).
You can mix it with any of your favorite carrier oils (olive, almond, coconut, jojoba etc) as well.
18. Conditions Hair:
Just like neem can be used to moisturize dry skin, it can also be used as a natural conditioner for dry and fizzy hair. Just make a paste of neem leaves boiled in water & honey, and apply it to the hair followed by regular hair wash, and your dry and untamed tresses will be well-conditioned, dandruff-free and without frizz (19).
19. Treats All Scalp-Related Problems:
Another hair mask that will help you deep condition your hair can be made by mixing neem powder with amla powder, shikakai powder and reetha powder with water and lemon juice. Apply this to your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes before you wash it off with your regular shampoo. The ingredients of the pack will help in keeping the scalp problems at bay while retaining the moisture in the hair and preventing dryness.