Neem uses make you and me get great skin, hair, enhance beauty! These neem leaves, though bitter as hell, prevent and cure over a hundred diseases because they anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and even anti-cancerous. We frown upon eating because of the unpleasant taste but it has been used for cooking, bathing and chewing for centuries in India for to its powerful medicinal properties.
Have you noticed that the best things in nature are concealed in an unpleasant mask? Like the sparkle of a diamond for instance, is hidden in the darkness of coal, and it takes great effort to reap that sparkle. Don’t you think that neem is the diamond of the plant family?So what if it is bitter in taste, it is so beneficial for health that for me it is even more precious than diamonds.
Here are some effective ways in which neem can be incorporated into our daily routine so we can get the benefits of its powerful healing and protective qualities.
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Neem Uses help get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty
Disclaimer: Pregnant and women who are breast-feeding please avoid ingesting neem because its safety at such times has not been established. It increases the heat and energy in the body and can be spermicidal in large quantities. Drinking lots of water or ash gourd juice brings down the body heat.
1) Neem leaves in Tea
Neem leaves, tender and young leaves, can be added to boiling water till the water turns slightly greenish and sipped on its own. You can also add it to your choice of tea. I personally prefer to go for neutral tea like regular green, white or black tea rather than their flavored counterparts. Neem leaves have a calming effect, have anti viral properties and strengthen your immune system.
2) Neem flower in Thandai
We prepare and drink Thandai during Holi, at the beginning of summer. We tend to catch infections when these seasons change.
Neem being rich in anti-oxidants prevents viral, bacterial and fungal infections. We use neem flowers in the preparation of Thandai to prevent us from catching cold or viral infections.
3) Neem leaves for Tempering in Curries & Dal
Tender, young neem leaves are less bitter and we can use them like curry leaves in tempering curries and dals. The small quantity prevents the curry from getting bitter while adding the therapeutic qualities of the wonder leaf to your food.
4) Neem Leaves in Curry
Try using blanched neem leaves, like in some South East Asian and Thai seafood curries, such as shrimp curry. Neem leaves are blanched two to three times in hot water to get rid of the bitterness, and then added to shrimp curry with palm sugar and tamarind paste.
5) Neem flower in Rasam & Rice preparations
Neem flower is less bitter than neem leaves. You can use these flowers as a vegetable. They call it Veppam pooand add it in South Indian vegetable curry preparations such as rasam and rice preaprations like Neem Flower tempered rice which uses roasted neem flower powder.
6) Neem in Bengali Vegetable Curries & Stir Fry
Use it in Bengali dishes which use bitter flavours in the cuisine beautifully incorporated in stir fries and curries. Other than the use of karela, neem is cleverly used in preparations such as neem begun, which is, eggplants simply tempered with neem leaves, turmeric and some other spices. Neem can control diabetes and purify blood.
Neem for Teeth, Skin & Hair
7) Neem for Teeth
You may have seen your grandmother or many people in villages chewing the bark of a neem tree. Many toothpaste brands also boast about carrying the properties of neem for healthier gums. Not only does the neem bark strengthen the gums, it also makes your teeth pearly white. It will prevent ulcers, infections and bad breath. So next time you see a neem tree, do break a twig and chew it!
8) Neem for Hair
Remember taking a neem water bath as child when I had chicken pox? We did this to prevent the itching and scars from the pox. Use Neem leaves boiled in water to rinse and wash hair. Neem water prevents dandruff and other infections on the scalp.
9) Neem for Skin & Beauty
I’ve had an oily skin and acne issues ever since I was a teenager. Not just that, I tend to get redness on my cheeks as well. Each time people looked at my face, they would start with a chapter on skin care advice. Why don’t you try haldi? Do you go for clean-ups regularly? I think you should use our special 1000-rupee mudpack that will clear up your skin right away!
I’m a real believer in natural remedies; I avoid applying chemicals or never-heard-of fancy sounding compounds on my face, it makes me nervous. I’d much rather try the haldi and neem remedies. Bathing with boiled neem leaves or applying neem seed paste on the skin can help in clearing skin and reducing acne, even so it is really inconvenient to use neem in this way. The problem is, I could never make or apply these natural pastes regularly.
My Daily Skin Ritual
Its tough to include this ritual with a hectic work schedule. Incidentally, I found something that I can fit in my daily routine. I find Himalaya Neem pack easy to use, and can be applied and cleaned in a matter of minutes. The best part is that I don’t need to find and grind the neem seeds, and go through all that pain. I can actually get the goodness of neem without all that hard work. My Himalaya Neem pack has the neem and haldi both. Neem helps me disinfect the skin and the haldi also works as an antiseptic to keep germs away. I try to apply it every other day to keep my skin clear and healthy.
love the smell of the neem..
I’ve recently started using the Himalaya Neem pack around a week ago. Recently, I bought a bottle for 130 bucks last week. Its really helped in clearing my skin and the redness I had on my cheeks has reduced. The pack made my skin softer, cleaner and it looks hydrated. I’ve got oily skin, so in case you have dry skin and you want to try this pack, do read the label on the back. Raiding the kitchen every weekend to make my own face pack is a hobby, but this one really has helped me. I would use dried neem, haldi powder with some besan. This pack is a lot like that home pack, very natural and safe to use. Incorporating neem in your daily routine is a great idea, just make sure you don’t have any allergies to any of the ingredients.