Neem

Neem leaves have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties and hence they are quite effective on skin infections. They also soothe irritation and reduce inflammation without drying the skin. Bark and leaves of the plant are used for treating malaria, leucoderma, scabies, wounds, headache, tumor, ulcer, bronchitis and as anthelmintic*.


Teeth Infections

Our elders suggests that applying neem leaf extract gel to the teeth and gums twice daily for 6 weeks might reduce plaque formation. It also might reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth that can cause plaque. However, using a mouth rinse containing neem extract for 2 weeks does not appear to reduce plaque or gingivitis.


 

Hair Problem

Neem leaf is used to treat the problem of head lice, dandruff, excessive hair fall and to improve hair growth.

  • For dandruff, boil Neem leaves in water, cool and strain it. Use it to rinse your hair after shampoo.
  • To get rid of Head Lice, boil and grind Neem leaves to make a paste and apply it on the scalp. Wash hair after 30 minutes. This treatment will control hair fall, will prevent premature greying and will also boost hair growth.

 

Skin Benefits

  • Neem leaves have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties and hence they are quite effective on skin infections. They also soothe irritation and reduce inflammation without drying the skin. Boil a few Neem leaves till the time they turn soft, you will notice the water turning green because of the discoloration of the leaves. Strain this water and add some of it in your bath water.
  • The high fatty-acid content in neem oil helps prevent and treat scars from acne. Neem can come in handy as it not only keeps oil secretion in control but also fights any infection thereby clearing acne and preventing new ones. Boil a few neem leaves in water. Dab a cotton ball in that water and then apply it evenly on your face.

  • Natural skin toner When used regularly, neem works as an excellent agent to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. It works effectively on skin pigmentation as well. Strained neem water also helps in lightening acne scars and lesions caused due to skin conditions. It helps in firming the skin. Boil neem leaves and strain the liquid. Let it cool off and then apply it on your skin every night. If you have oily skin, you can add a few drops of rose water to it and apply. Wash your face in the morning for beautiful, soft skin.

  • Dry Skin A neem pack is quite effective in taking care of excessively dry skin. it has moisturizing properties which help keep dry skin from getting rough and itchy. Take some neem powder after drying neem leaves and add a few drops of grape seed oil in it. Apply this evenly on your face and leave it on for a couple of minutes before you rinse it off with cold water. Do this once or twice a week to see a difference.
  • In case of children, the leaves are used for treating ophthalmic and fungal infections *.
*reference "Clinically useful herbal drugs" by Prof SS Agrawal, Dr. B.P. Tamrakar, Mr. M. Paridhavi
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