Everybody knows that neem leaves are packed with many medicinal qualities. From being an antiseptic to relieving skin problems, neem is one of the most versatile medicinal plants and is commonly used in various Ayurvedic medicines. However, one of the most common applications of neem in Indian medicine is a cure for chickenpox (1). Anyone who has had chickenpox will remember how his/her skin was smeared with a thick neem paste.
The reason neem is used so widely is not only because of its beneficial qualities but also because of its easy availability. It is grown throughout India and can be found in any market. Today, we will explore a few beauty benefits of this versatile leaf.
What Are Neem Leaves?
Azadirachta indica, commonly known as neem or Indian lilac, is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae (2). Neem leaves have been used to treat tooth decay, eye disorders, bloody nose, indigestion, lice, tooth plaque, and liver problems. Neem leaves also have numerous skin and hair benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the five of them below. (3)
Beauty Benefits of Neem Leaves?
Neem leaves have been used for centuries to help women look more beautiful. It’s a traditional method of amplifying beauty that is still practiced today because it works so well. Here are a few of its benefits and the methods used to achieve them.
1. Neem Evens Out Your Skin Tone
Neem leaves are packed with antioxidants that are extremely beneficial in reducing melanin production. This results in less pigmented skin and can help maintain an even skin tone. It also reduces dark spots and blemishes, giving your face a clean and airbrushed appearance. You can achieve a flawless look by simply using a neem decoction. Prepare this by boiling a few neem leaves in water and then straining the decoction. You can store this in a jar and apply it to your skin every night to remove acne and blackheads and even out your skin tone.
Because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties, almost all parts of the neems are used for medicinal and beauty benefits.
2. Neem Relieves Acne
Neem is a powerful antiseptic that has been used since ancient times. By making a face pack with neem, you can control your acne and even get rid of blackheads and other impurities on your skin. Boil some water with a few neem leaves and an orange peel to prepare this face pack. When the leaves and orange peel become soft, remove them and grind them into a paste. Add honey, yogurt, and milk to this paste to create a smooth face pack. Apply it evenly on your skin and allow it to dry before washing it off. Repeat this process thrice a week to ensure no breakouts and blackheads on your skin.
3. Neem Is an Effective Hair Conditioner
Neem has been proven to moisturize hair, add a luster, and bounce to dull and flat hair. You can either massage your scalp with neem oil regularly or prepare 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, smooth, and conditioned hair.
4. Neem Cures Scalp Problems
Neem is one of the most effective natural remedies to get rid of lice and dandruff. You can buy neem powder that has been made from the bark and roots of the neem tree. Making a paste of this and applying it regularly on the scalp drastically reduces dandruff and lice issues. You can also add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to this paste for even better results.
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5. Neem Acts as A Teeth Whitener
We have all watched movies or heard stories where people from rural India brush their teeth with a twig. That is nothing but a neem twig. These are readily 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 one end of the twig well until it becomes brush-like. Massage this end on the gums and teeth for a few minutes, and then rinse your mouth with water. This method has been practiced for many years in rural India and has been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective way to fight germs in your mouth and maintain good oral hygiene.
Neem is widely used for pest control across the world. However, Neem oil is not allowed in Canada for pest control because of potential side effects.
How Can I Achieve These Results?
As mentioned before, you can prepare the following items at home to help you look and stay beautiful:
- Neem decoction for smoothening out your skin tone
- Neem and orange peel face pack to get rid of acne
- Neem hair pack conditioner
- Neem powder paste for dandruff
- Neem twig for whiter teeth
You can also chew about 2-3 neem leaves every day if you do not mind the bitter taste. The neem juice cleanses your system internally and gives your hair and skin the nourishment it needs.
You can prepare any of the above methods quickly and easily. However, for even more convenience, you can buy one of the alternatives below:
- Neem oil for your skin
- Neem oil for your hair
- Shampoos containing neem extract
- Soaps containing neem extract
- Face packs containing neem extract
These are the five beauty benefits of neem leaves I wanted to share with you today. So do try them out and see their magical beautifying effects yourself.