Neem has antifungal and antibacterial properties that make it very effective in treating dandruff and keeping your scalp healthy. It also relieves dryness and itching, two common symptoms of dandruff.
Boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 cups of water until the color of the leaves fades and the water becomes green. Allow this water to cool and then use it as a final rinse after you shampoo your hair. It will also help keep your hair conditioned.
Another option is to prepare a paste of a few tablespoons of neem powder and sufficient water. Apply it on the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Use this treatment 2 or 3 times a week until you get rid of the dandruff completely. This hair mask will also promote hair growth.
Treats Skin Problems
To keep your skin healthy and flawless, neem is a good option. Neem has antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help treat and prevent many skin problems, such as acne, rashes, psoriasis and eczema.
Moreover, its helps heal wounds and prevent any infections or septic conditions. It also contains high levels of antioxidants that help protect skin from environmental damage and delay the signs of aging.
For any kind of skin problem, grind some fresh neem leaves into a paste. Apply it on the affected skin. Allow it to dry on its own, then rinse it off with cool water. Use this treatment once daily until you are satisfied with the results.
You can also massage your skin with a mixture of 1/3 cup of olive oil or coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of neem oil to rejuvenate skin cells and restore elasticity. This in turn helps maintain glowing skin and an even skin tone.
Kills Head Lice
A study published in the journal Parasitology Research in 2012 found that neem seed extract can eliminate head lice infestation with a single treatment, thanks to its natural insecticide property. Plus, neem is effective in providing relief from scalp itching and irritations.
Wash your hair with any herbal neem-based shampoo 2 or 3 times a week and then use a lice comb to get rid of head lice.
Alternatively, apply a paste of neem leaves on your hair and scalp. Allow it to dry, then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Then comb out the hair using a lice comb. Follow this treatment 2 or 3 times a week for 2 months.
Massaging your hair and scalp with undiluted neem oil is also very effective. After massaging, comb out the hair using a lice comb to get rid of the lice. You can leave the neem oil in your hair for about an hour, or even overnight before washing it off.
Maintains Oral Health
Neem also helps maintain oral health and keeps different types of gum diseases at bay. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties help kill the bacteria that cause cavities, plaque, gingivitis and other gum diseases. It also offers long-lasting fresh breath.
Extract the juice of neem leaves and rub it on your teeth and gums. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Use this treatment once daily. You can also use soft neem sticks to brush your teeth.
Use toothpaste, mouthwash and oral health tonics that have neem as one of the key ingredients.