As Indians we are lucky to have a great botanical wealth. One can find a treasure trove of medicinal trees and plants in their very own neighbourhood. One such tree, we are sure you must have chanced across in your locality is neem. It is also not an uncommon sight to spot how people make maximum use of what the tree offers. Neem trees are nearly 30-50 feet high, and almost every part of the tree is profuse with antiseptic and healing properties. According to the book Home Doctor: Natural Healing With Herbs, Condiments and Spices, by Doctor P.S Phadke, neem oil made with flowers and leaves is renowned to cure eczema, ringworm and scabies. Dandruff could be reduced by using water and neem leaves as a rinse. It is an age-old practice of using neem twigs as toothbrush, due to its high antimicrobial properties. Neem leaves, fruits and the bark are used to treat fevers, sore throats, earache, mouth ulcers, boils, lice, diabetes etc. One of the most common uses of neem is in our desi hair care rituals. According to Ayurveda, neem, amla, shikakayi, reetha are herbs that have been known to promote hair growth, reduce hair fall and give you shiny, voluminous and healthy locks. Neem can be used in numerous ways, you can ingest it, or make a neem hair mask, along with your tresses, it also helps nourish the scalp. In other ways, a bunch of neem could help you set up your own mini hair spa at home.
Neem paste for hair growth is an effective remedy you can try at home2. For DandruffDandruff is one of the most common scalp conditions faced by millions across the world. It is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (the oily secretions from our scalp) and the dead skin cells which occur naturally due to formation of new skin. While the phenomenon is natural, the problem occurs when the fungus starts eating too much into the scalp.What to do?Massaging hair with neem oil is one of the most effective remedies to beat dandruff. Neem oil is available across many stores. However, you can prepare it at home too. Add a few neem leaves to coconut oil and bring it to a boil. Then add a few drops of lemon to it. Rub this oil gently on your scalp, allow it to stay overnight and rinse it off in the morning with a mild shampoo.You can also make yourself a thick and grainy neem paste. A combination of neem and curd is the ideal way to curb dandruff. This paste helps to exfoliate, cleanse and nourish the scalp. Make a paste of neem leaves, add it to a bowl of curd and apply all over your scalp. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off. The anti-fungal properties of neem coupled with the soothing and cool effect of curd could help curb dandruff naturally.(Also Read: 15 Effective Tips to Control Hair Fall)
3. For Lice:Getting rid of lice is no easy feat. Also known as Pediculosis capitis, these tiny creatures live on human hair, feeding on tiny amounts of blood they draw from the scalp. Neem oil is one of the best alternatives suggested by experts to treat lice. It is believed that neem oil is rich in active component azadirachtin, which helps disrupt insect life cycle.What to do?Massage your scalp well with neem oil and leave it overnight. Next day, rinse your hair with mild shampoo.
Neem oil for Lice could be an effective remedy
Not just India, the world too is slowly taking to the wondrous benefits of Neem on hair and skin, It is your time to put it to use and see the effect for yourself. If you feel it is not suiting you or there is some kind of reaction, it i advisable to consult a dermatologist as soon as possible.(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)
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