Ayurvedic Skin Care: Neem Oil and Its Uses

Maria Isabel Rojas (Mahadevi)
March 17, 2021

Ayurvedic Skin Care: Neem Oil and Its Uses

The Neem tree is one of the very few trees known in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times for its medicinal properties. The name “Neem” has its roots in the Sanskrit word “nimba,” meaning “bestower of good health.”

There is a story in Indian mythology that relate how the elixir of immortality, amrita, was being carried by a semi-god to heaven when a few drops of this elixir fell on the neem tree giving it its miraculous properties.

One old proverb states, “There can’t be disease where the neem tree abounds”. This tree   has also been called “Divine Tree” or “Village Pharmacy”, and this is because all parts of the tree has been traditionally  applied as medicine for the treatment of a variety of ailments.

What is

Neem Oil

?

Neem oil comes from the tree Azadirachta indica, a South Asian tree. Neem oil can be extracted from most parts of the tree, but the seeds hold the highest concentration. For centuries the oil has been used to heal disease. And today is an ingredient in many organic cosmetic products.

Neem Oil

medicinal properties

  • Antimicrobial
  • Blood-purifying
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Antiviral
  • Diuretic
  • Anti-fugal
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antipyretic
  • Relieves redness

Neem Oil

benefits

One study has found that it contains as much as 130 active ingredients and therefore the diversity of uses of this Ayurveda oil, to treat human disease, boost the immune system and strengthen wellbeing is almost endless.

Ayurveda oil reviews revere its properties and it is recommended to pacify excess Pitta and Kapha dosha . The ayurveda oil, Neem has been traditionally used as folk medicine to alleviate diseases like leprosy, respiratory disorders, rheumatism and ulcers.

  • Purifies and detoxifies the blood
  • Reduces fever and pain
  • Treats fungal infections
  • Lubricates skin, reduces wrinkles
  • Enhances hair growth.

Neem Oil

uses

Oral Hygiene

The Ayurveda oil massage, neem, has a demonstrated antimicrobial effect on oral bacteria. Regular brushing with Neem-containing toothpaste and a gently gum massage with neem oil will prevents caries, and enhances the immune response for overall oral health. Ayurvedic medicine teaches that the bitter taste of Neem helps to remove toxins (ama) and foul odors from the teeth, tongue, and mouth.

Skin

Ayurveda skin care recommends the use of Neem oil  to control a variety of skin infections, skin ulcers itching and burning sensations. For external use, Neem Oil can be applied to treat eczema, dandruff, acne or pimples, inflamed wounds, scars and psoriasis.

The ayurveda face oil, Neem, is also known for its anti-aging properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, neem protects the skin from harmful UV rays and pollution. The vitamins and fatty acids in neem enhance and maintain the elasticity of the skin.

As part of Ayurveda treatments Neem oil is recommended to treat acne because of its antiseptic properties.

dosage

Ayurveda Skin Care Masks

Simple Acne Mask

  • 1 part sandalwood powder
  • 1 part neem powder
  • 1 part manjishta powder
  • For Pitta or kapha constitutions: Mix powders with rose water
  • For Vata or Pitta constitutions: Mix powders with milk
  • For Vata constitutions: Mix powders with yogurt

Apply this paste on the face, leave it for 10-15 minutes and remove with warm water. Repeat for 30 days as part of your Ayurveda daily routine.

Eczema Mask:  Ayurveda oil and herb powder

For Vata and Pitta constitutions

  • 1 part manjistha powder
  • 1 part Neem oil

Use equal amount of each, enough to make them into a paste and apply to the affected area. Use as needed.

Skin Fungal Infections (Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, Barber’s Itch)

  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part neem powder

Mix to make a paste and apply to the affected area. The use of ayurveda essentials oils is also recommended.

  • Apply neem essential oil to affected area.

Ayurveda Daily Routine, Simple Kapha Scrub

  • 1 part Mung dal and barley flour
  • 1 part Neem powder

Mix with rose water to make a paste.

Apply to the skin until a little dry, 5-10 min., massage face and rinse.

Caution & Side Effects

Using Neem Oil is contraindicated for pregnant women, children and if Vata dosha is already elevated.

Neem is astringent, bitter and pungent, cold, light and dry. All these qualities aggravate Vata dosha, that is why it is recommended to use neem in combination with other herbs to balance its effect on this dosha.

Contraindications

For people who present symptoms that indicate high Vata imbalance like weakness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Due to its cold quality, ayurveda neem oil reduces the temperature of the tissues.

It is to be avoided if coldness in the body can aggravate any existing condition. Neem oil is contraindicated for women who are trying to conceive as studies have shown it is an effective spermicidal contraceptive in humans.

Neem Oil

Presentations

For people who present symptoms that indicate high Vata imbalance like weakness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Due to its cold quality, ayurveda neem oil reduces the temperature of the tissues.

It is to be avoided if coldness in the body can aggravate any existing condition. Neem oil is contraindicated for women who are trying to conceive as studies have shown it is an effective spermicidal contraceptive in humans.

FAQs

How to select the right neem products for your skin?

There are 2 kinds of Neem oil: Pure extract or Ayurvedic oil, the last combines a base oil with neem leaves oil which is gentler than pure extract. Select organic oils to protect your skin from toxic pesticides.

Does neem work as a mosquito repellent?

Yes, it does. The scent of Neem Oil prevents the mosquitoes from biting.

Can I use Ayurveda neem oil as a mouth refresher?

Yes, swish the oil for at least 30 sec and discharge.

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Conclusion

Neem Oil has certainly earned its name as the “village pharmacy”. With its wide range of applications and medicinal properties it offers a wealth of benefits for many systems of the body and that is why this easy to think of it as the elixir of ancient mythology.

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