There is a superfluity of benefits of planting neem trees, from health to environmental impact. Neem trees are an important part of every community. They are an integral part of Ayurveda. Each part of the tree is loaded with incredible medicinal properties. Very few people are aware of the Neem benefits that can help you lead a much healthier life.
Being anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, the herb is used for preparing many medicines and beauty products.
Benefits of neem leaves to skin: Vitamin C content of neem leaves combats blackheads, pigmentation, dull skin, wrinkles and fine lines. Having regenerative properties, it gives a youthful glow to the skin. Neem leaves are one of the best natural skin toners. It can clear scars and acne if used regularly. Just grind few leaves with water to make a fine paste and apply on your face. Don’t forget to wash the leaves before making paste. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes. You may add little yogurt or few drops of lemon juice to it. Oily skin beauties can also use it to control excess oil production. Neem leaves extract controls sebum also and acts as an effective moisturizer for dry skin. Honey can be added to neem paste to hydrate the skin from deep inside. Neem leaves act as good exfoliator that can remove dead skin cells to give smooth and clear skin along with natural glow. Rose water, sandalwood powder, olive oil or orange peel can also be added to neem paste to attain beauty results more efficiently. It can treat various kinds of skin infections including eczema and psoriasis.
Benefits to hair: The anti-bacterial properties may help treat dry scalp, dandruff, scalp infection, hair-loss and hair thinning. Make paste of neem leaves adding little water and apply this paste to your hair from root to tip. Apply this paste on the scalp also. Let it rest for two-three hours. Rinse the mask with water and shampoo usually. It will help prevent hair-loss, dandruff and scalp infection (dry or itchy scalp). Application of neem pack on hair makes them long, strong, shiny and lustrous if used regularly. You may also use neem oil to make your hair more beautiful. Being high in vitamin E, it has an important antioxidant that people need to have for healthy growing hair. Having high moisturizing capacity, neem oil assists hair to keep the moisture within their roots making them healthier. It makes hair grow faster. When you leave neem oil in your hair for few hours, it leaves your hair soft and manageable after shampooing. It also ensures that your scalp is healthy. Not only will your hair grow rapidly, it will become thicker as well. Neem oil can prevent and cure fungal ailments and lices.
Make your own neem oil at home. It is far more effective and cheaper than store bought product. Very easy to make at home – Take fresh neem leaves. Wash them thoroughly and ensure there should not be any dirt on them. Blend the leaves to a smooth paste in a food processor. You may add few drops of water to make blending easier. Take one cup of melted virgin coconut oil. Heat it in a double boiler adding 10 tablespoons of neem leaves paste. Stir continuously for 15-20 minutes. The oil will turn in dark green colour. Turn off the flame. Strain it. Let it cool at room temperature. Fill it in a clean glass bottle. Use it as per your needs.
Note: Use only fresh neem leaves to make pure and effective neem oil.
Health benefits: Neem leaves boost immune system, reduce inflammation, treat gastric conditions, slow aging process, speed up wound healing, treat leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cough, asthma, piles and urinary disorders.
Use this miracle leaf extract in your daily skin, hair and health care regimen. If you can’t get fresh neem leaves, you may use store bought neem powder and add other ingredients to it as per your requirements. The secret is out. Now it’s time to make good use of it. Good luck!