Neem tree (Indian lilac) is said to be a “village pharmacy” as each part of the neem tree is used to improve well-being and treat ailments. The twigs are used as toothbrushes, the leaves are boiled in water to treat skin problems, the flowers are used for aromatherapy and the seed, as well as the fruit, is used to extract the very powerful and potent Neem oil. All of Neem’s antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties are found in this Neem Oil.
Neem oil comes from the seed of the neem tree. This “wonder plant” has been widely used in traditional medicine and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Although it has a harsh odor, it’s high in fatty acids and other nutrients, and it’s used in a variety of beauty products like skincare creams, body lotions, hair products, and cosmetics. Neem oil contains many ingredients that are extremely beneficial to the skin.
Neem oil is rich in:
It has been used in beauty regimens and skin care to:
treat dry skin and wrinkles
stimulate collagen production
minimize warts and moles
Promotes healthier scalp and hair
Topical application delivers these nutrients directly to your hair, potentially resulting in healthier locks. It’s also worth noting that vitamin E and other antioxidants can help skin cells regenerate. This may promote a healthier scalp hair.
Neem Oil has regenerative properties that support healthy cell division and stimulate hair follicle growth and function. It also helps in countering hair thinning caused by pollution, stress or medication. Therefore, regular application of the neem oil promotes thicker, stronger, and more luxurious hair growth.
Conditions dry hair
Regular application of neem oil will result in lustrous and healthy hair. Neem oil contains several fatty acids such as linoleic, oleic, stearic acids which nourish the scalp and hair. These fatty acids present in Neem oil revitalize and restore dry, under-nourished or rough hair.
Neem oil contains the active ingredient nimbidin which can help to suppress inflammation, which may make it useful in treating dermatitis, psoriasis, or other scalp irritation. Neem oil also has antifungal properties which helps to control dandruff and irritation. For those who are prone to dandruff, Neem oil should be used regularly. It maintains the pH balance of the scalp and prevents dandruff formation.
Treats head lice
Neem seed oil can kill head lice larvae, may be due to the oil’s azadirachtin content. Azadirachtin can make it difficult for insects to grow and lay eggs by interfering with their hormones. Neem oil is very effective in treating head lice without any side effects. The pungent smell of Neem oil repels lice hence it is also used as a preventive treatment. To get rid of lice, apply neem oil on your scalp and leave it overnight. The next day, comb your hair with a thin comb to remove dead lice from your hair.
Prevents premature graying
If your hair is turning gray due to hormonal imbalances, then neem oil is a good choice for you. Regular application of Neem oil to hair helps treat premature graying. However, applying Neem oil is only useful in delaying or preventing graying. It won’t affect hair that has already turned gray due to aging.
Moisturizes the skin
Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids present in Neem oil enable it to absorb into the skin and heal cracks caused by dryness. It also restores the protective layer of skin which further helps in reducing moisture loss.
Soothes inflamed and itchy skin
Neem oil contains anti-inflammatory substances like Nimbidin that help in treating eczema, burns, psoriasis, and rashes and dermatitis. It has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help in fighting skin infections while its analgesic properties (pain-relieving) reduce discomfort caused by inflammation and skin problems.
Heals minor wounds
Neem oil has been used for healing since centuries. Due to its antiseptic properties, it’s an ideal choice for minor cuts and abrasions. When Neem oil is applied to the wounds or to the injured skin, it enhances the overall immunity and accelerates the healing process.
Repels insects from the skin
Neem oil is an effective mosquito repellant, especially effective against Anopheles, the class of mosquitoes that spread malaria. It can be applied to the skin (after diluting with Sesame oil or Sweet Almond Oil) or burned in diffuser/kerosene lamps.
Benefits of Applying Neem Oil on Face
To use Neem Oil on the face, it is recommended to dilute equal parts (50/50) of Neem Oil with Sweet Almond/Sesame Oil and Apply on clean skin, massage gently in an upward direction. It should be left for 20-30 minutes. Here are some of the benefits of applying neem oil on the face regularly.
Treats acne and pimples
Applying neem oil regularly on the face is an excellent long-term acne treatment. Neem Oil prevents future breakouts by eliminating acne causing bacteria, tightening the pores, and evening out skin tone.
Neem Oil works as a natural substitute for Anti-aging products. It aids collagen production, which reduces wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It also contains carotenoids that are effective in protecting the skin against the free radicals which cause aging.
Tones the skin
Neem oil removes the pathogens that have accumulated beneath the skin’s surface. It also unclogs the pores and results in healthier and smoother skin. By balancing the overall oil production of the facial skin, it acts as an effective toner.
Applying Neem Oil on the face reduces the production of the substance known as melanin which causes hyperpigmentation.
Treats scars and blackheads
Neem oil also works as a natural alternative to heal the skin tissue which reduces blackheads and scars. The fatty acids in neem oil prevent marks and scars caused by acne.
Protects against environmental damage
Applying Neem oil forms a protective layer on the skin. The high-level antioxidants present in Neem oil help protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays. These antioxidants also help in neutralizing free radicals that cause skin cancer and other chronic diseases.
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