Neem tree is quite commonly found in India and on account of the presence of polyphenol flavonoids with antibacterial and antifungal properties, neem leaves are beneficial for catering to a variety of health and beauty needs. However, it might not be feasible to get hold of fresh neem leaves all the time, which is why, neem powder can be your saviour! Neem powder is derived by crushing neem leaves that have been dried in the sun. Keep reading to know an easy recipe to make neem powder at home as well as the benefits and uses of neem powder.
BEAUTY BENEFITS AND USES OF NEEM POWDER
Beauty Benefits And Uses:
Skincare Benefits– Neem has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe infections, blemishes, rashes and irritation. Neem contains margosic acid which kills the pimple causing bacteria leaving a clear skin. The moisturizing properties of neem helps in getting rid of dryness of the skin
Prepare a face pack by mixing 2 tbsp. neem powder with enough rosewater. You can add 1/2 tsp turmeric to this mixture. Apply it on face and let it dry. Wash off with cold water to reveal radiant skin.
Haircare Benefits– The anti-fungal properties of neem powder help treat dandruff and scalp infections.
Neem proves to be a miracle for skin and scalp. Neem has anti- fungal and anti- bacterial properties, and rich in Vitamin C , which is a boon for people with sensitive or oily skin.
Mix 3 tbsp neem powder and a tbsp lemon juice with little water to make a paste. Apply the paste on your scalp. Wash it off after 30 minutes. Apart from treating dandruff, this hair mask helps cleanse the scalp, strengthens hair follicles and keeps lice at bay. READ MORE – CLEAR DANDRUFF AND STOP HAIR FALL OVERNIGHT with bay leaves
NEEM POWDER HEALTH BENEFITS AND USES
When ingested in the right amount (under expert advice), neem powder can be beneficial in detoxification of the body and for boosting immunity:
Blood Purification– Neem acts as a natural detoxifier and helps purify blood and cleanse the liver effectively.
Stabilizing Blood Sugar– Neem powder has glycosides, triterpenoid and flavonoids that help stabilize blood sugar levels and hence, it’s good for diabetics.
Boosting Gut Health– Neem powder helps prevent intestinal disorders. It treats worms in the intestine, cures ulcers and boosts digestive system.
Promoting Dental Health– Neem powder promotes dental health when used on gums and teeth. This powder can be added to your toothpaste to cure dental decay and ease tooth ache. READ MORE – ALOE VERA HAIR GROWTH POWDER
HOMEMADE NEEM POWDER RECIPE:
Take a handful of neem leaves and wash them thoroughly (use organic neem leaves free from chemicals and pesticides to get the best quality powder). Separate the neem leaves from the stalks and use a kitchen towel to pat the leaves dry. Spread the leaves on a tray with a parchment paper. Dry these leaves for around 2 days, preferably in a shade. If you think the leaves aren’t dry enough even after 2 days, keep for a day more. Remember that dried leaves ought to feel crisp when you touch them. Use a spice grinder to grind the dry leaves to get fine neem powder. Store it in an air-tight jar in a cool and dry place, away from the direct rays of the sun.
- If you are planning to ingest neem powder, do it under expert advice.
- Ask your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before consuming neem powder.
- Do not give neem powder to babies.
- If you opt to buy readymade neem powder, buy it from a reputable source.