18 Amazing Benefits Of Neem Leaves For Skin, Hair And Health February 2, 2017

Grown throughout India, neem tree is well known not only for its medicinal properties but also for taking care of environmental issues.

Benefit of Neem leaves:

Neem leaf, also known as ‘neem ke patte‘ in Hindi is an essential ingredient in many Ayurveda medicines. Neem leaves are known to contain nimbin, nimbinen, nimbolide, nimandial, ninbinene and other beneficial compounds that have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. Gedunin and nimbidol found in the leaves of neem are powerful antifungal agents that destroy fungi which cause athlete foot, ringworm and nail fungus.

A. Health Benefits Of Neem Leaves:

Neem leaves stimulates the immune system, improves liver functionality, detoxifies the blood and promotes a healthy respiratory and digestive system.  It is famous as a malaria treatment and works for diabetes well. Neem leaves enhance biological functions by strengthening the immune system

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1. Viral disease:

Neem leaves have often been used in India to treat viral diseases. Neem leaves extract, absorbs and eliminates virus. As a preventive measure, you can prepare a neem paste and apply on the affected area. It is very useful for treating warts, chicken pox, and small pox. This is because neem absorbs the virus and protects from entering the unaffected areas. Neem extracts, toxic to herpes virus accelerate healing. Tea prepared with leaves of neem and the application of neem ointment on cold sores relieves herpes symptoms.

Due to its anti-viral activity, neem leaves are boiled and are used for bathing especially for those who are suffering from skin ailments. This provides respite to conditions such as eczema, cold sores and warts. It soothes inflammation by soothing itching and irritation. Neem leaves also helps to remove intestinal parasites and restores healthy functioning of the intestine.

2. Cardiac Care:

Neem leaves are known to be an effective blood cleanser and drinking neem infused boiled water controls high blood sugar. Neem leaves extract is effective in purifying blood, removing toxins defending against inflictions and damages from free radicals in the body. Neem leaves helps to dilate blood vessels improving blood circulation and decreases elevated heart rates. It relaxes erratic heart beats and controls high blood pressure.

3. Fungal disease:

Neem is also effective against fungal diseases that affect human body. These include fungus that causes lung and bronchi infection and mucous membranes. Neem leaves reduce the symptoms of fungal infections and oral thrush. Neem is also effective against fungus that infects hair, skin and nails that includes ringworm that occurs in hands and feet. Consuming leaves also suppresses cancer cells.

4. Malaria:

Neem is used to treat malaria fevers. One of the neem components gedunin is very effective for treating malaria. Mosquitoes exposed to odours of crushed neem leaves result in suppression of egg laying. Consuming neem leaves is an acclaimed treatment of malaria.

5. Cancer:

Neem bark leaves contain Polysaccharides and liomnoids which are beneficial for alleviating cancer and tumor cells.

6. Arthritis:

Certain properties of neem leaf seed or barks naturally cure arthritis and reduce pain and swelling in joints. A massage with neem oil is effective in relieving muscle aches and joint paint and helps alleviate rheumatism, osteoarthritis and lower back pain.

7. Cures Poison:

Neem leaves are also effective in treating poisons and insects bites. This is due to anti-clotting agents that reside in neem leaf extract. Neem leaves are also used in treatment of ulcers and inflammation as they have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer activity.

B. Benefits Of Neem Leaves For Skin:

Neem leaves are easy to obtain and can be used to aid beauty and skin care.

8. Moisturizes Skin:

The leaves moisturize the skin keeping it soft and supple. They are effective for lightening scars and pigmentation caused by acne and scabies. If you have pimples on your face, apply the neem leaf decoction. This can even be used to treat minor wounds. To cure any kind of skin infection, mix turmeric with neem paste and apply it on your body. Do this regularly for 3 months.

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9. Cures Acne:

Boil a cup of neem leaves in water till the leaves are soft and discolored and the water turns green. Strain and store in a bottle. Add some water in your regular bathing water to get rid of acne, infection and body odour. A neem face pack grinding a few neem leaves with some water work best to treat the pimple and acne problems.

10. Skin Toning:

Neem leaves for skin can also be used as a toner. Just dip a cotton ball in boiled neem water and wipe your face with it overnight. This will clear acne, scars, pigmentation and black heads. This potion can also be used as a hair rinse to treat dandruff and excessive hair fall.

You can also prepare a face pack using neem leaves. Boil neem leaves with small segments of orange peel in a little water. Add little yoghurt, honey and milk to form a smooth paste. Apply this to your face and wash of when it dries. This will clear acne and break outs, white heads and even reduce the appearance of pores.

C. Benefits Of Neem Leaves In Water:

Neem leaves boiled in water provide numerous health benefits. Its application provides gentle and very effective relief from ailments.

11. Neem leaves for Hair – Scalp and hair issues:

Add a cup of fresh neem leaves to boiling water, and use this water to rinse your hair after shampooing your hair. The anti-bacterial property of neem helps to treat dry scalp, dandruff and hair fall issues.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Remove Black heads ]

12. For injuries:

A burn injury can be healed faster with the usage of neem water. The application of neem water on the burnt surface helps to recover the skin faster and also protects against allergy and infection on the infected area.

13. Chicken pox:

Post chicken pox treatment, a patient is always advised to take a bath with neem water to soothe the patient’s skin and prevent additional spreading of the infection.

14. Eyewash:

Boil fresh neem leaves in water for about ten minutes and let it cool completely. Use this water as an eye wash during conjunctivitis and irritation of the eyes.

15. To treat sore throat and tired foot:

Gargling with neem water provides relief to sore throat and soaking the feet in warm neem water provides relief to the foot ache.

Other uses:

16. Apply a paste made of neem leaves boiled in water and honey on your hair. This helps to tame the frizz.

17. Neem leaves are considered safe to be taken internally on a regular basis. Neem leaves relieve the symptoms associated with viral infections including common cold, herpes, influenza and chicken pox. Eating neem leaves lose reduce fever associated with viral infection.

18. Extracts of neem leaves and seeds produce pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and fever reducing compounds that can help in healing cuts, wounds, ear aches, sprains and headaches.

So, these are the uses of neem leaves for hair, skin and health. Are there any more benefits which are not mentioned? You can share them through comments.

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  • Naa Laingoi

    Any idea on dosage please??????

    • Deepak Aji

      Well its herbal there is no side-effect even if u consume more, however if you are planning for daily dosage(internally) then 8-10 leaves are enough to be eated.

  • Mary Ann

    Where can I buy Neem leaves from?

  • prince boris

    its very good medicines

  • Suresh Handa

    Neem capsules are available in market and I take one daily. I have no problem as such in body but it is taken just for gooh preventive herb. Is it safe daily.

    Handa S K

  • Fariya

    Very informative and well-researched article! Loved reading the post. Neem is acclaimed as the best herbal and medicinal tree. Would definitely love to try neem leaves for better skin care regime. Thank you for sharing such an in-depth and informative article on neem leaves. Keep sharing more such articles.

  • Deepak Aji

    So one should also plant neem saplings in order to overcome the shortage of such a wonderful and beneficial tree i.e. NEEM.

  • Jeingim Jenne Lajuni

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I use neem a lot and at times cook the still reddish shoots as medicinal vegetable

    • http://www.stylecraze.com xavier

      Hi Can you share the recipe for the reddish shoots and its benefits

  • andrea

    my son has been getting boils on the legs. doctors have been telling they are mosquito bites . pls help

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Andrea, there are several home remedies to treat mosquito bites. Some of them are:
      1. Lemon – Lemon contains anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties that make them very useful in treating mosquito bites. Cut a lemon into two pieces and rub the inside of one of the halves against the itchy skin for quick relief. You can try rubbing the yellow rind of the lemon over the skin too.
      2. Aloevera – Aloevera is a natural antiseptic agent.Cut a portion of an aloevera leaf to extract the gel. Chill the aloevera gel in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. Rub it directly onto the affected site.
      3. Ice – Hold an ice pack or some ice wrapped in a washcloth on the affected area for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will give quick relief from the swelling as well as itchiness.
      Hope you find these tips to be useful..!!

  • Jagadees

    The articles are very good.I just wanted to share with you all that,I was having high diabetic abt 320mg in fasting.As advised by my grant father i started drinking the neem leaves boild water in empty stomach every day three times.when i checked after three weeks the result was amazing !!! and it came down to 110 reading.
    My worry is that is there any side effect ?Can i continue with this ?still i am taking tablets as per the direction from the doctor.I didnt discloses the matter with doctor.He is thinking that i have controlled with alopathic tablets.
    Kindly advice.

  • suhas

    We have tree at home if you want let me know.I am in India

  • thomas

    Good news about h bp

  • vaibhav

    Very good knowledge article.

  • Umapathi

    Without knowing anything I had brush with neem stick and had neem leaves few times. This completely solved my gum problem. I used to had bleeding gum heavily but no bleeding at all and looks healthy. Wanted to share

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Keep posting :D

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Filippa, as your daughter has these patches for a long time, it is important to consult a dermatologist and know the cause of this condition. In the mean time rub a piece of ginger on the spots three times a day, for at least 5 minutes each time. This will help to get rid of the white patch. Also always keep the face clean. Infections will usually thrive on oily, dirty skin.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Yogesh, Gastritis may be classified as acute or chronic. Acute gastritis maybe characterized as erosive and nonerosive. Chronic gastritis is determined by histopathology. There are many causes of gastritis like bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, alcohol, certain drugs, bile reflux, stress reaction etc. Biopsy of the stomach mucosa, done during endoscopy examinations, is often used in patients to identify the causes of chronic gastritis. Your doctor can determine what tests should be done to identify the cause and the treatment. In the meantime it is advisable that you avoid hot and spicy food., eliminate irritating foods from your diet such as lactose from dairy or gluten from wheat. You should talk to your doctor before stopping any medicine or starting any gastritis treatment on your own.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Yogesh, one of the most important antral gastritis remedies is to develop good eating habits. Consume foods that are light and avoid high fat foods like fried foods, butter, and fatty meats as they can delay the emptying of the stomach. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables like dates, eggplant, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables. While there is no such antral gastritis cure, it is essential that you maintain a proper diet along with the treatment suggested by the doctor to bring relief. It is also important that when you notice any of the symptoms mentioned, you get checked immediately by a doctor and avoid taking over the counter medications to bring down the symptoms. The sooner the diagnosis is done and treatment given the less suffering you will experience. Ensure to keep yourself stress free.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Filippa, a little tingling sensation in the face after the application of ginger is fine but if the itching is constant and uncomfortable then discontinue its use. You can wash off the ginger from the face once it dries out. Regular application of ginger should show a slight improvement within a week or two. If not do consult a dermatologist for further treatment.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Christine, you can apply ginger to your daughter’s face once or twice in a day or night whenever possible. Continue with the medication as well as apply ginger when there is no cream on the face.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sabeena, acidity and eating acidic food can lead to acne. Acne are usually indicators of your intestines being clogged and unclean but acne in general is usually a sign of the body being too acidic. Acidity is not determined by how the food taste, but rather by the pH of the food you eat during and after digestion. To prevent acne, you need to make change in your eating habits. Include foods that are high in fiber. Take lots and lots of water and vegetables and fruits, especially vegetables with Vitamin A such as arugula, broccoli, and cantaloupe. Also include foods rich in zinc as having a zinc deficiency can cause acne. Foods high in zinc includes pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut. Watercress is also good for warding off acne as it contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E. Drink plenty of water to remove toxins from your body.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Lipika, neem leaf extracts and seeds are used as an active ingredient as an effective cure for diabetes. It is always better to consult your diabetologist before using neem for diabetes treatment at home.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Rahul, prolonged exposure to bright sunlight or polluted air, ageing or hormonal fluctuations may cause patchy skin darkening, making your skin look unhealthy. One of the simplest and safest bleaching agents you will ever find – lemon juice. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and apply this with a cotton ball onto the area where the skin has darkened. Leave on for at least an hour and then wash with water. While you do this, avoid complete exposure to sunlight when you have applied lemon juice onto your skin or your skin will only get darker than before. Another remedy is using yogurt. Add a few drops of lemon juice and 1 spoon of oatmeal. Add yogurt to this mix to make a thick paste, apply this paste to darkened skin. Keep it on for 15 – 20 minutes and wash off with tap water. Follow these remedies for a couple of weeks regularly to see the difference.

  • G kusumita

    Very informative. THANK YOU.