Neem has been referred to as a “wonder herb” for the many beneficial properties it possesses. It has as many as 130 different biologically-active compounds that enhance the well-being of several body parts such as skin, hair and blood, among others. This wonder herb is a cornerstone in preventive health remedies to achieve holistic wellness. During monsoon, there is an increased risk of infections, and your skin and hair also require extra care, all of which neem can help you with. Here are some expert tips on how neem can help you stay healthy in monsoon.
2. Skin care
In Ayurveda, it’s commonly known that neem is an incredibly effective acne combatant and is often associated with naturally beautiful, glowing skin. During the monsoon, the sebaceous glands that are responsible for producing body oils and regulating perspiration, go into overdrive due to the increased humidity. This can lead to breakouts and oily skin. The anti-bacterial properties of neem have a positive impact on any pimples or black/whiteheads. The harmful effects of bacteria that cause these breakouts are nullified by the anti-inflammatory properties of neem. Mild skin problems like rashes, irritation, burns and infections can also be healed with this herb. Apply a paste of neem, milk cream, sandalwood powder and turmeric on the skin regularly before going to sleep.
3. Hair growth and dandruff control
Dandruff and dry scalp can also be treated with neem. The change in weather can affect your scalp’s pH balance, making your hair oily, frizzy or dandruff-prone, depending on your skin type. Because of the antibacterial properties of neem, a dry scalp and dandruff can be tackled. Dandruff, much like acne, can be significantly reduced with the purifying properties of neem. It can also be used to strengthen hair and prevent hair fall. Mix neem paste with coconut oil, methi powder and some curd and allow it to rest. Apply on your scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
4. Blood purification
The changing seasons are said to have a huge impact on the body and, compounded with unfavourable diet and lifestyle, leads to a build-up of toxins in the body. Ayurveda recommends cleansing of blood as a healthy measure against the toxin build-up, to boost immunity, prevent infections and promote overall well-being. Neem, which is rich in natural antioxidants, and has other medicinal properties, is traditionally known to be a very effective blood purifier. It is also known to support key organs – the liver and kidney — that assist in taking out waste and toxins from the body. Neem also helps to promote blood circulation by supporting healthy dilatation of blood vessels. Regular intake has also been useful in controlling high blood sugar and regulating blood pressure. Wash 5 neem leaves and eat them on an empty stomach in the morning.
5. Intestinal health/digestive wellness
A healthy digestive system is extremely important for one’s overall health. Prevention is always better than cure, and neem is very beneficial in maintaining and supporting a healthy digestive system. During monsoon, the integrity of your food, especially leafy vegetables, is compromised. This often leads to stomach issues and infections or parasites. The herb can be used to treat intestinal worms, nausea, belching and phlegm. The anti-inflammatory properties of neem make it incredibly useful for intestinal health as it soothes the entire digestive system. It is a great immunity booster and its regular use can help one feel naturally energised.
6. Oral health
Neem is used as an active ingredient in many toothpastes and mouthwashes and can also be used to treat toothaches. During monsoon, complaints about sensitive teeth increase due to the cold air and changing weather. Neem helps stave off gingivitis and suppress swelling and inflammation of the gums. In many places, neem twigs are chewed as a natural substitute for brushing teeth; this is because it is a natural oral deodorant with antibacterial properties. The antimicrobial and antifungal properties present help minimise plaque build-up and reduce the presence of bacteria associated with tartar and gum diseases. Mix neem oil with coconut oil and practice oil pulling at least twice a week.
7. Home cleaning
Add a few drops of neem oil and some salt in a bucket of water and wipe your floor with this water to keep away ants, flies and cockroaches.
8. Cleaning fruits and veggies
Soak your veggies and fruits in water to which neem paste has been added. Add some salt and turmeric and allow them to rest for 30 minutes. Wash in clean, running water. This process removes traces of chemicals, germs and dirt from them.
9. Anti-mosquito spray
Add some citronella oil and neem oil in a spray bottle. Mix a little water and shake well. Your DIY anti-mosquito spray is ready.
10. Anti-fly air purifier
Mix a few drops of neem oil and 2-3 camphor balls in a diffuser and your home will be free from fries, mosquitoes and unclean air.