How to get clear, glowing skin with Neem

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Shahnaz Husain

Grown throughout India, Neem which is one of the most used herbs in Ayurveda, unani, naturopathy as well as homeopathy medicines is called “the village dispensary” in rural India. The Sanskrit name of neem, Arishtha, means “reliever of sickness. Every part of the Neem tree with incredible curative properties has amazing medicinal and health benefits. Neem tree also called as ‘one tree pharmacy’ is most versatile, easily available with powerful ingredients contain antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which is widely used component in skin care products.
The Neem tree contains awesome pesticidal properties is one of those trees whose every part has got some amazing medicinal as well as health benefits. Neem is one of the most popular ancient herbs blessed with exceptional skin and health benefiting properties. Neem leaves with incredible curative properties are the most versatile, easily available with powerful ingredients and the widely used component in skin care products. The neem tree with over 150 different biologically active compounds can prevent all kinds of nasty diseases and ailments, including diabetes, heart disease, libber issues and ulcers. Neem leaf is loaded with numerous health and skin benefits has been part of our ancient health care system since vedic times . Neem tree , one of health and beauty’s best-kept secrets is widely used as a skin moisturiser and a toner.
Neem (Margosa) is not only one of the most powerful natural antiseptics, but is also nature’s own antibiotic. Over the centuries Neem has been highly valued in India for its healing and purifying properties and it is probably the most widely used among plant products. It is used as a preventive and treatment for several ailments. It is also commonly used in homes to treat and clear skin problems like prickly heat, boils, rashes, itching, etc. During the ancient times, poultices were made from neem leaves for skin diseases and skin ulcers, In fact, neem leaf infusions are still used to relieve itching and rashes, as well as for clearing away scabs of diseases like chicken pox and measles.As far as the skin is concerned, Neem contains organic sulphur compounds, which have been found extremely beneficial. Due to its versatile healing actions, neem extracts and oil have been used in protective, preventive and corrective care of the skin. It has a healing and soothing effect on inflammatory and eruptive skin conditions. The cooling and soothing action of Neem has made it invaluable for the care of oily skin conditions like acne, pimples, rashes and spots, as well as scalp conditions like dandruff. It also helps to soothe skin-sensitivity in dry and dehydrated skins. It restores health to the skin and imparts a healthy glow.Neem is also ideal in terms of aiding the elimination of toxins and wastes. That is why it is so relevant to modern times, when we are constantly exposed to chemical pollutants in our water and air. The skin is affected by the grime and pollutants in the environment. These pollutants must be removed regularly and Neem is ideal, as it not only helps the elimination of these toxins, but restores the normal balance of the skin. In fact, it makes the skin healthy and adds a glow. During hot and humid weather, the skin is more prone to rashes and eruptive conditions. The skin also attracts more dirt and pollutants during humid weather. Neem can easily be used as a home remedy for the skin, not only to prevent problems, but also to soothe and cure. Neem leaf infusions can be used to wash the skin. First boil water and add the neem leaves to it. Do not boil the leaves, but cover it and let it stand in the water overnight. Next day, strain the water and use it to wash the face and hair. In fact, the water can also be poured as a last rinse on the body. In cases of pimples and acne, or even boils, neem leaf infusion will help. It helps to prevent and soothe heat rashes and prickly heat. For an acne conditioning, make a paste of the boiled neem leaves and apply on the face. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. It not only cures acne, but also adds a glow to the skin. During humid weather, people with oily skins suffer from increased oiliness. Sweat deposits remain on the skin, leading to rashy conditions. Neem can be used in scrubs for oily skins. The leaves should be dried and powdered and then added to wheat bran (choker) or oats. Add a little rose water and use it as a scrub, rubbing it gently on the skin. It helps to reduce oil and keep the skin free from pimples and spots. It also helps to add a glow to the skin.
For oily skin, add a few drops of lemon juice to neem leaf infusion and apply on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This also helps to reduce oil and prevent skin problems.
Neem is such a versatile ingredient that we have formulated an entire Neem range of products. Our Ayurvedic formulations are a perfect union of an ancient tradition and the latest scientific techniques. I would say that Ayurveda has been tested by the most exacting test of all….the Test of Time.

The author is international fame beauty expert and is popularly called Herbal Queen of India