Neem is just another member of most Indian households. Botanically known as Azadirachta indica, neem is found in India and many of its neighbouring countries in South Asia; however, now it has a reputation worldwide as well for its medicinal properties.
The herb has a number of healing properties internal (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, etc.) as well as external (skin care, insect repellant, etc.). Neem's helpful properties also make it a commercially successful product.
Speaking about the good effects of neem, neem powder is a product which offers us a number of benefits. While it can be taken in tea or with food, it can be used externally in the form of cosmetics as well.
Here are the top 10 benefits that neem powder has on our health:
1. Curing Dandruff:
Dandruff is a common problem and is very difficult to get away with. It takes the shine off our hair and can also be a major cause of an embarrassment. Dandruff is mainly caused by shedding of the dead cells from the scalp. Adding neem powder in water and applying it to hair roots and rinsing after leaving it for half an hour will help you overcome the problem.
2. Curing Skin Infection:
Fungal skin infection (ringworm or red, ring-shaped patches) can be effectively cured by using neem powder, since it has antifungal properties. Mix neem powder with water along with a few drops of olive oil if your skin is dry. Apply it to the affected areas and leave it on for some 10-15 minutes and then wash it. Follow this for a few days. It also treats skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.
3. Curing Acne/Pimples:
Acne is a frequent problem for people with oily skin. Even those in adolescence also face this problem. The antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of neem help in treating this problem, which can be embarrassing a lot of times. Use powdered neem for facial treatment and you will get the desired results. You can use yogurt with neem powder to make a face pack and apply it as well.
4. For Good Oral health:
Neem powder can also be used to brush your teeth with, as it keep the gums and teeth healthy and takes care of your overall oral health by killing the bacteria, giving a good breath and fighting cavities.
5. Reducing Hair Fall:
Hair fall or hair loss is a frequent problem for both men and women nowadays, thanks to a wide variety of reasons. Neem powder can be a helpful agent in tackling this problem as well. Mix the powder with water and add some Aloe Vera and apply the paste on the hair root and scalp about half-an-hour before bath, twice a week.
6. Treats Diabetes:
If you are a diabetic, mix a teaspoon of neem powder in a glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach everyday morning. It controls the sugar level and acts as an insulin.
7. Dealing With Lice:
Lice in the hair is something that not only causes us irritation but also adversely affects our health. To deal with this, neem powder is a great agent. Prepare a paste of neem powder and water and also add some henna powder to make it thicker. Apply it to your hair, allow it to dry and then rinse if off. Try this every alternative days. Neem powder curbs breeding of lies and helps you get rid of the menace.
8. Treats Sinus Problem:
Take neem powder as a nasal drop to treat painful sinus problem. Mix one teaspoon of neem powder in a glass of hot water and take 2-3 drops of it twice in a day. It will reduce the inflammation.
9. Purifies Blood:
Neem powder detoxifies and purifies the blood. Take some neem powder and mix it with milk to boost your health from within.
10. Treats Athlete’s Foot:
Contagious fungal infection in the foot skin, which is also known as an Athlete's Foot, is something which can be cured by using neem powder. Use compression of neem powder mixed with hot water in the affected areas of the foot to get desirable results.
How To Make Neem Powder:
You can make neem powder at your home as well. Collect neem leaves and dry them on a paper outside for two days. Then, dry them in the shade for three more days. Once the moisture is gone, grind them into a fine powder.