Neem is a well-known herbal remedy that has been used for centuries. It is packed with potent ingredients, which can cure or aid with a plethora of skin and hair conditions and is therefore found within countless proprietary skin and hair care products.
Neem houses a variety of antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and it therefore makes for the perfect addition to any skin care regime.
This exceptional and effective herb is also known as Indian Lilac, and it is particularly revered as it is highly versatile. Neem can be found in the form of creams, gels, powders and lotions, as well as in tablet form, topical or internal treatments and, of course, as a fresh herb. Unlike the majority of herbal remedies, both the stems and the leaves are used with equal importance which makes this a very user-friendly ingredient.
The known benefits of this wonder herb include:
- The lessening of skin redness, irritation and infection
- Aids with blood purification
- Assists with the eradication of acne, minor pimples and blemishes
- It can help ease the side effects of dandruff or dry scalp conditions
The Benefits Of Neem For Skin Care
Neem is particularly useful if you are wanting to avoid using antibiotic or prescribed medications and have a preference for natural and holistic healing methods.
Evens Out Skin Pigment
Uneven skin pigment can be an embarrassing and confidence destroying condition – however all is not lost. By applying a paste made from the leaves of the neem herb across any problem areas, on a regular basis, you will achieve a more even skin tone.
Removes Dark Circles
Eye-strain, fatigue and illness can all lead to those unsightly dark circles under the eyes. By applying a paste made from the neem leaves and stems under the eyes you will uncover a new and refreshed you! It is recommended that the paste be left to work its magic for around 15 minutes before rinsing away with clean water.
Cures Ring Worm Infections
Unfortunately, some people are susceptible to ringworm infections and these mites can often be seen under the skin. They are not only unattractive but carry an array of bacteria which is bad for your overall health. If you find yourself prone to ringworm, by drinking the juice extracted from the neem leaves on a daily basis, it will restrict the fungal growth associated with a ringworm infection. An alternative method is to take frequent baths in the liquid removed from the neem plant.
Aside from the above examples, neem is used in a variety of other ways:
- The leaves are used in facial washes and creams to help combat oily or acne prone skin.
- Neem powder within face packs and masks is particularly effective for reducing blemishes and lessening the redness that comes with skin infections.
- The bark and foliage of neem is used within Ayurvedic medicine practices for both haircare and skin care.
- Neem can also be consumed to internalize its benefits, in particular freshening the appearance of the skin and minimizing pores.
- You can also find neem in tablet form, which is made from fresh neem extract and can be beneficial for a variety of hair and skin ailments. However, you should ensure that you buy a quality and reputable product.
Homemade Neem Face Packs
Neem and sandalwood face pack
The anti-bacterial effects of both the sandalwood and neem can help reduce the bacterial infections associated with acne or psoriasis. This face pack can be made by making a paste from fresh neem leaves with 2-3 drops of sandalwood and 2-3 drops of rose water. Apply to the face and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing clean.
Neem and gram flour face pack
Gram flour, coupled with the effects of neem, makes for a great way to combat oily skin. Make a paste from the gram flour and neem powder with a dash of milk before applying to the face. Leave for 20 minutes before washing away.
Neem and honey face pack
Honey is a highly moisturizing ingredient that also has anti-bacterial properties. Dry and acne-prone skin can look red and dull, but the mix of honey and neem can rejuvenate the skin.
Neem and papaya face pack
For an instant glow, a mix of neem and papaya pulp applied to the face is an unbeatable way to nourish the skin.
Neem and Fuller’s Earth face pack
By creating a paste from neem, Fuller’s Earth and coconut water you will achieve a face pack that is perfect for absorbing excess oil from the skin. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing clean.
Neem and tomato face pack
By creating a face pack from a mix of neem and fresh tomato pulp you can boost the level of moisture within the skin whilst refreshing tired pores and clearing blemishes.
Neem and turmeric face pack
Turmeric is a highly effective antibacterial root that is ideal for use within any skin care regime. Create a paste using ground fresh turmeric, neem powder and a dash of milk and this will help combat a whole array of skin complaints.
Neem and multani mitti face pack
For an effective facial scrub, mix neem powder with multani mitti and massage gently into the face in circular motions before rinsing. This is a great way to remove dead skin cells from dull skin and get that glow!