The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is in the mahogany family and is native to India, Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Pakistan, growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions. In East Africa the neem tree is also known as Muarubaini (Swahili), which means the tree of the 40, as it is said to treat 40 different diseases.
Neem Leaf Powder and Neem Oil
Used for preparing hair and skin cosmetics for centuries
The ancient benefits of neem (Azadirachta indica): lighten blemishes, rejuvenates facial skin, treats acne, tones the skin, skin astringent, helps relieves psoriasis symptoms, effective treatment for eczema, athlete’s foot and other fungal or bacterial infections.
In a previous article, I shared neem tree recipes for scalp and hair treatment. The following are treatments for skin. Note: Neem has a very pungent smell, which can be masked with a few drops of a naturally scented essential oil. Keep this in mind in mixing the recipes.
Mix 1 tablespoon of neem powder with lukewarm water. (Can add rose petal powder to mix, too). Gently apply to face, avoiding eyes. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Gently rinse off.
Add 1 tablespoon of neem powder to Saba’s herbal face & body mask skin treatment and follow the above instructions.
Combine 1 tablespoon each of neem powder, amla powder and multani mitti clay (fuller’s earth) with lukewarm water and follow instructions for Neem Face Pack.
Moisturizer: Mix neem powder with water a few drops of grapeseed oil and apply to face to treat dry skin. Follow above instructions.
Lighten dark circles: Mix as above and apply gently around the eyes, avoid getting mixture in your eyes. Wait 15 minutes and gently rinse off.
For feet: Follow instructions above and apply to feet and in-between toes.
The flowering neem tree is a real gift from nature and beneficial for skin and hair. Experience the power of the neem tree!
Contact Saba Botanical of USA to purchase.
Rajeev Seenappa, (2009) Dinkal Agro Inc: Organic for Healthy Living
Puri, H.S. (1999) Neem: The Divine Tree. Azadirachta indica. Harwood Academic Publications, Amsterda