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The humble neem tree, which is a part of almost any garden in India, has multiple medicinal benefits. In-fact, most of its parts, right from bark, to fruit, to leaves can help in cure of various ailments. Also known as ‘Indian lilac’, Neem has been an integral part of Ayurvedic cures for years. It is easily available all through the year and has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Neem can be used as an antiseptic, beauty product, ingestible medicine or even be burnt to repel mosquitoes. Let’s look at various benefits of neem in detail:
Neem is rich in Vitamin C and has antibacterial and antifungal properties which are extremely beneficial for acne and pimple prone skin. It can also be used to remove blackheads. Here are some easy ways to use neem to cure skin problems.
Add a few drops of neem oil to distilled water and apply it on blackheads. This solution will remove blackheads and close the pores to prevent the recurrence.
Boil neem leaves in water and simmer for a few minutes or until the water becomes green. Use this water as a skin toner on daily basis to clear pimples, acne and blackheads. Here’s another useful pimple remedy – make a paste of neem and tulsi leaves with rose water. Use it is a face pack regularly for pimple free skin.
To naturally tone oily skin, make a paste with neem leaves, natural yogurt and lemon juice. Apply it on the face and let it dry, then wash off with mild cleanser. This will gradually decrease the oil glands on the face.
Mix neem powder with milk, rose water and yogurt and apply on the face. Wash it off when it dries. Daily use of this pack will make your skin glow.
Eczema is a skin disorder which causes major discomfort and itchiness. To get relief from eczema rashes, boil neem bark till it becomes soft. Make a paste out of boiled bark and apply it on the rashes for long term relief.
Natural antifungal and antiseptic properties for neem can help cure many hair related problems like baldness, dandruff and hair fall. Listed below are few ways to use neem in hair and scalp disorders –
Baldness can be caused by excessive hair fall, stress, hormonal imbalance, poor diet or excessive use of allopathic medication. Regular application of neem makes hair stronger and acts as a conditioner. Use of neem hair pack also promotes hair growth.
After every wash, rinse your hair with a decoction made by boiling neem leaves in water. This rinse can clean the scalp of debris, reduce inflammation and condition the hair.
Neem oil can reduce mucus accumulation, decrease wheezing, cure cough and regulate breathing. Drinking few drops of neem oil daily can provide long term relief for breathing problems.
Neem leaves have a high percentage of fiber and amino acids which improve metabolism and aid in digestion. Regular intake of neem reduces gas, bloating and constipation.
Neem restores the natural PH level of the digestive system and hence provides an effective cure for stomach and intestinal ulcers. It also provides relief from the pain caused by ulcers.
Neem purifies blood, controls blood sugar levels and improves metabolism. This way it effectively controls the sudden fall and rise in blood sugar and provides long term relief.
Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all the vital organs. Therefore, cleaner and enhanced blood circulation can promote overall good health. To cure blood related disorders, make a paste of neem leaves and mix it with honey. Take a spoonful of it on empty stomach for couple of months for improved blood circulation.
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