Everybody knows that neem leaves are packed with a many medicinal qualities. From being an antiseptic to relieving skin problems, neem is one of the most versatile medicinal plants. One of the most common applications of neem in Indian medicine is as a cure for chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox will remember how the skin was smeared with a thick neem paste. The reason neem is used so widely is not only because of its qualities but also because it is easily available in the markets. In most homes, there is a neem tree growing in the backyard. Here are some beauty benefits of neem:
Neem Evens Skin Tone: Neem leaves are packed with antioxidants that are extremely beneficial in reducing melanin production and making the skin tone even. It also reduces dark spots and blemishes. All you need to do is prepare a neem concoction by boiling neem leaves in water and then straining the concoction. You can store this in a jar and apply on the skin every night to get even toned skin free from acne and blackheads.
Neem Relieves Acne: Neem is one of the most ancient antiseptics. Making a face pack with neem can really control acne and even get rid of existing ones. Boil a few neem leaves and orange peel in water. When then become soft, remove them and grind them into a paste. To this paste, add honey, yoghurt and milk to make a smooth pack. Apply this pack on your skin and allow it to dry and then wash it off. Repeating this process thrice a week ensures that there are no breakouts and blackheads on your skin. Read our post on- Neem for Acne and Pimple Treatments.
Neem is an Effective Hair Conditioner: Neem is known to moisturize hair and add bounce and luster to dull hair. You can either massage the scalp with neem oil regularly or can make a good conditioner in your kitchen. To make a hair pack, you need to boil neem leaves in water. Make a paste when the leaves become soft. Grind the leaves into a paste and then mix with honey. Apply this paste to your hair and wash it off when it dries for soft and conditioned hair.
Neem Cures Scalp Problems: Neem is one of the most effective remedies for lice and dandruff. You will get neem powder that has been made with the help of the bark and roots of the neem tree. Making a paste and applying this on the scalp regularly drastically reduces dandruff and lice issues. You can add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to this paste for better results.
Neem Acts as A Teeth Whitener: We have all watched movies where characters in rural India brush their teeth with a twig. That is nothing but neem twig. They are easily available in the rural markets and are effective in whitening the teeth and getting rid of many teeth problems like plaque, cavities and deposits. All you need to do is chew the end of the twig really well until it becomes brush-like. Massage this end on the gums and teeth for a while and then rinse the mouth. Read our posts on “10 Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening” here.
If you are alright with the bitter taste, you can also chew about 2-3 neem leaves everyday. The neem juice cleanses your system internally and gives your hair and skin the nourishment it needs.
If you do not have enough time to make all these pastes and concoctions, there are alternatives that you can try. You can get neem oil readily in the market to use on the hair and skin. You can also look for shampoos and soaps that consist of neem extracts to get good results.