Neem Leaf Powder and Neem Oil have been 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.
Known benefit of neem leaves for scalp and hair
- Helps control dandruff
- Helps reduce scalp itchiness
- Helps enhances hair growth rate
- Conditions hair
The Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)
Neem, a leafy tree also known as the "Indian Lilac" is commonly used in traditional Indian medicine. 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. More than 140 active compounds have been isolated from this tropical plant. The leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, gum, oil and bark all have health benefits. The powder is made by drying and grinding neem leaves or a blend of leaves
Neem Leaf Powder and Neem Oil
Neem oil has been found to be an effective mosquito repellent. Neem oil has been used for centuries to eliminate dandruff and head lice. Traditionally, a tea is made from neem leaves and is used as a rinse to prevent hair loss. Neem oil and powder treatments soothe irritations, prevent dryness and flaking and nourish the scalp, improving its general immunity and health.
Neem Leaf Powder Scalp Treatment Recipes
Neem Powder Itchy, Dry Scalp Treatment
Massage paste made from Neem Leaf Powder mixed with coconut or olive oil into hair and leave for 20-30 minutes. Then shampoo, using Lustrous Henna® Shampoo Powderor Imbue ™Natural Shampoo. Repeat once weekly for 3 weeks or as long as necessary.
Neem Powder Oily Scalp Treatment
Massage paste made from Neem Leaf Powder mixed with Multani Mitti Clay Powder (Fuller’s Earth) and water into hair and leave for 15-20 minutes. Then shampoo, using Lustrous Henna® Shampoo Powderor Imbue ™Natural Shampoo. Repeat once weekly for 3 weeks or as long as necessary.
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.
Neem Leaf Powder Review
“So far so good. I like this stuff. Used it as a mask last night and my skin feels smoother and softer this morning. Neem is good for hair, skin and a lot of things. So I am glad to have some on hand.” -Amy, West Virginia USA
Rajeev Seenappa, (2009) Dinkal Agro Inc: Organic for Healthy Living
Puri, H.S. (1999) Neem: The Divine Tree. Azadirachta indica. Harwood Academic Publications, Amsterdam.