USES AND BENEFITS OF NEEM POWDER
Neem has played an important role in traditional Indian remedies, Ayurveda and Naturopathy. Most houses in India have neem trees. Just growing a neem tree in your garden and inhaling its aroma can be beneficial in many ways. Since we don’ t have neem tree in our house, whenever I go to my relatives or friends house, I collect a lot of neem leaves from their trees and powder them at home and store it. Without a neem tree, it becomes difficult to make fresh neem paste face packs or neem juice everyday. But using the powder can give you the same benefits as fresh leaves. Also, since the powder is more concentrated, only little quantity is required for each use. Read on to know the various uses of neem powder and how to make at home.
Neem powder has anti-bacterial properties which is good for people with acne and pimple-prone skin. Mix neem powder with curd and apply as face pack regularly. This will eventually reduce the appearance of breakouts and pimples.
If you are suffering from dark spots, blemishes and pigmented skin, apply neem powder mixed with honey to get a clear, even skin tone.
Neem powder can also control excess oil secretion. If you have a very oily face, take some neem powder mixed with besan flour and rose water and apply all over face. Wash off after 15 minutes. This will help reduce sebum and oil production.
Neem powder is also very effective in treating dandruff and itchy scalp. Add some neem powder to your regular hair pack or make a hair pack using neem powder and yoghurt to get rid of dandruff and itchiness. This is also an effective lice treatment.
For a natural purifying scalp treatment, add some lemon juice to neem powder and olive oil and massage your scalp with it. The antibacterial effects of neem will deep purify your scalp.
Neem powder also stimulates hair growth and reduces hairfall when used regularly.
If you are facing any skin infections, just take add some neem powder to your bath water to get cured.
Neem powder can be used during manicure and pedicure as a scrub to cleanse and prevent nail/toe fungal infections.
Applying neem powder underarms acts as a natural deodorant.
You can also brush your teeth using a mix of neem powder and salt for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Diabetic patients can just dissolve a teaspoon of neem powder in a glass of water and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. It controls sugar levels and acts as an insulin.
It also helps to detoxify and purify blood. Take some neem powder, dissolve in milk and drink to boost body s immunity and health and clear out toxins.
Drinking neem powder in water can also treat ulcer as it has cooling properties. It also aids digestion by fighting intestinal worms.
Neem powder can be used as an insecticide and pesticide. Just dissolve some neem powder in water and spray over plants.
How to make neem powder: Collect a bunch of neem leaves and spread over a paper and sundry for 2 days. Then dry indoors or in shade for 3 more days. Make sure they are dried completely. If there is any wetness, it will spoil soon. Grind into a very fine powder.
To make neem scrub If you wish to make a scrub-like consistency, take fresh neem leaves and put in a frying pan. Dry fry in slow flame. When it becomes slightly crisp, take off and allow to cool. Grind into a scrub. If you need a face scrub, take off immediately when it starts drying. If you need a body or foot scrub, wait for it to become more crispier.