Recently, I’ve been fascinated by Hindu herbal blends of all kinds. I’ve been applying a couple of them and I have to tell you that the majority of these natural marvels didn’t let me down. Now my new hit is Azadirachta indica, commonly known as neem. This is an amazing plant which I’d love to tell you something about. Naturally, I’ll focus on the benefits neem has for hair and skin. Trust me, it’s worth exploring this topic.
Neem: What exactly is it?
Azadirachta indica is an evergreen tree growing in Asia. Each part of this amazing tree is precious and has capabilities to heal your body and improve your appearance. Neem is a rich source of all-natural nutrients.
Fun fact alert! Do you know that “neem” in Sanskrit means “the one that brings good health”? This explains a lot! This is exactly why dried fruit, powder and oil taken from neem are so potent and able to improve our appearance.
Neem oil in beauty rituals
This is one of the most common versions of neem. The plant is macerated, releasing its precious nutrients to oil. Combined with omega acids, this extract gets even more powerful.
For centuries Hindu women have been using neem oil in their hair routines. Why? Because it is a potent antiseptic and cleanser that nourishes, deals with hair loss and promotes hair growth. Since neem oil is able to eliminate bacteria and fungi, and brings relief, it’s perfect for acne-prone, oily and dry skin. On top of that, this oil prevents bugs and insects from biting!
I think I should also tell you that neem oil is commonly used as an anti-ageing agent. It delivers and locks moisture inside skin, evens out skin tone and prevents wrinkles. Lastly, neem oil helps skin recover quicker, meaning that it deals with the adverse effects of sun overexposure.
Neem oil: Benefits for skin and hair
- Reduces acne
- Relieves inflammation
- Prevents blemishes
- Defies ageing
- Combats free radical
- Evens out skin tone
- Repairs skin and hair
- Cleanses the scalp
- Helps eliminate dandruff
- Prevents hair loss
- Promotes hair growth
- Stimulates collagen production
- Improves the appearance of skin
Quite a number of benefits, huh? 🙂
[RECIPE] Home neem facial/hair mask
Obviously you can just pour neem oil over your scalp and massage it into the strands. You can also use neem oil as a hair serum, and if you see some blemishes on your face, you can give a neem facial mask a shot. What is the recipe for neem facial mask? Combine a spoon of neem powder with either mineral or thermal water. When you obtain a thick mass, you can apply it to the face. Let it sit for 20-25 and rinse using lukewarm water. If you want to, you can use the same mask to improve the appearance of your hair. Apply it to the strands and scalp.
Let me know if you use any ayurvedic herbs. Take care!