Benefits of using neem powder and oil
For over two millennia, Indian Ayurvedic practitioners have used the neem plant (also known as Margosa and Azadirachta indica) for all kinds of medicinal purpose. Neem is a large tree whose parts (bark, fruit, seeds and leaves) are used for healing various disorders. “Nimba” is the Sanskrit term for neem, which means “great health,” while the Vedas described neem benefits as “one that cures all ailments and ills” (sarva roga nivarini). Modern researchers have discovered more than 60 medicinal recipes, where the components of the neem plant are used. Today, neem powder and neem oil are popular far beyond the South Asian countries where its use originated. With all of its positive health properties, the only drawback of neem oil is its smell and taste which is bitter.
Using neem oil in medicine and cosmetology
Neem oil is a very thick, dark-colored oil with a sharp unpleasant odor. However, it possesses antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antiparasitic and antifungal properties. It is thanks to these characteristics that neem oil is used in many body care products. In India, you can find neem toothpaste, hair care cosmetics, and facial products (creams, lotions, scrubs) that contain neem oil. Neem soap is known as an effective anti-acne treatment. WebMD has even named neem oil among cosmetic components that are safe for people suffering from eczema.
The truth is that neem oil is considered a panacea for many diseases in Asia. It indeed has many healing properties, among which are wound-healing and moisturizing properties; it also stimulates cell regeneration and contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Neem oil can also be used as a first aid tool for burns, colds, herpes, etc. With the help of this neem remedy, some viral, bacterial and fungal infections can be treated. Many Ayurvedic practitioners use neem oil to strengthen the immune system. According to an article published in 2015 in the Times of India, due to its sharp odor, neem is effective against animal ticks and fleas, it frightens off flies and mosquitoes.
Believe it or not, this is not the entire list of health problems that can be treated with the help of neem oil. Since ancient times this oil is applied on the skin to help get rid of psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis; it can also help abate inflammation of the gums, stops bleeding and swelling. It is known to effectively relieve a sore throat, eliminate a cough, relieve pain and reduce some of the inflammation from arthritis and sinusitis. It is quite possible to stop hair loss, get rid of dandruff, prevent wrinkles, and remove fungus with the help of cosmetic products based on neem oil.
Neem oil uses
As you can guess, the spectrum of neem oil uses is very wide:
Neem oil for hair – this is an excellent anti-dandruff product. Neem oil is not used alone; normally it is mixed with olive or sesame oil. When using it for the first time, add only a few drops to the base oil. Apply the mixture on hair, massage it and leave it for an hour, then rinse with your usual shampoo.
Neem oil for skin – this oil can be added to a ready-made ointment or cream. There are also recipes for making neem soap that you can make by yourself or you can add some drops of oil to the liquid soap to enhance its antibacterial properties. If you want to use neem oil for acne, you should mix it with white or blue clay and apply to the affected skin areas. In case of psoriasis, as well as for improving the skin condition, add some oil into a warm bath and soak the body or certain body parts in it.
Using neem powder
Neem powder, which is made from the fruit of neem plant, has the same useful properties as neem oil but it does not have such a strong smell. Neem powder is used for skin treating masks for the face. They are very effective for oily and porous skin as well as for acne treatment. In India, neem powder has found a wide application in the complex treatment of various health disorders and it is prescribed as the preventive medication for neurodermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Take about a tablespoon of neem powder and mix it with warm water till its consistency resembles cream thickness. Apply on irritated skin areas and leave for 10 minutes. Then rinse with water.
It is believed that neem powder cleanses the blood by removing toxins and excess cholesterol; it also helps to bind free radicals. Many consumers note the rejuvenating effect of neem powder. Due to its unique antiseptic properties, neem powder is ingested to kill a number of human intestinal parasites.
However, keep in mind that using neem powder or/and oil has certain contraindications. Neem oil should not be taken by people with increased sensitivity to medications, by pregnant women, nursing mothers, or infants. Topical application of neem cosmetics is safer and has no harmful effects unless a person is allergic to neem powder or/and oil. If you have any questions or concerns about using neem, consult with your doctor.