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How to Use Neem for Hair Growth and Glowing Skin

For centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners have revered Neem as a wonder herb” for its remarkable health benefits. Neem is highly valued for its ability to promote radiant skin and strong, lustrous hair, in addition to its well-known healing properties. This blog will look at Ayurvedic approaches to using Neem for achieving glowing skin and strong hair. Learn how to incorporate Neem into your beauty routine and unlock its potential for enhancing your natural beauty.

1: Neem for Glowing Skin

1.1 Neem Face Packs

Neem face packs are a popular Ayurvedic treatment for skin glow. They can help cleanse and rejuvenate the skin while addressing issues like acne, blemishes, and dullness. Here are two quick and easy Neem face pack recipes:

Neem and Turmeric Face Pack

Neem and Turmeric Face Pack

Directions to Use & Method

  • Prepare one tablespoon of Neem paste after boiling the leaves.
  • Combine it with a teaspoon of turmeric paste or powder.
  • Add this combination to one teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil.
  • Stir the mixture to make a paste.
  • Apply evenly on the face and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with cold water and moisturize.

Neem and Honey Face Pack

Directions to Use & Method

  • Combine equal quantities of neem and basil leaves.
  • Take half a cup of Multani mitti and combine it with one tablespoon of honey. 
  • Crush the leaves to make a paste.
  • Combine it with the multani mitti paste.
  • Apply and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Wash in gentle scrubbing motions with cold water.

1.2 Neem Toner:

Neem toners can help balance skin pH, tighten pores, and control excess oil production. Including Neem toners in your skincare routine can leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Here are two recipes for Neem toner that work well:

Neem Water Toner

Directions to Use & Method

  • Boil a handful of fresh neem leaves in water until the water reduces to half.
  • Dilute the mixture with the required quantity of water once it cools down and empty into a spray bottle.

Toner with Neem and Rosewater

Directions to Use & Method

  • Add 2-4 teaspoon of neem powder in a grinder, and add a few drops of rosewater and lemon.
  • Spray it on the face as and when required.

1.3 Neem Scrub:

Neem scrubs are effective for gentle skin exfoliation,  as it helps remove dead skin cells and impurities and reveal a brighter complexion. Furthermore, the antibacterial properties of Neem can aid in the fight against acne-causing bacteria. Here are two recipes for neem scrub to try:

Neem and Besan Scrub

Directions to Use & Method

  • Take neem powder and combine it with besan and turmeric. 
  • Emulsify the powdered mixture with rose water, and use the paste as a scrub mask.
  • Massage it over the face for about five minutes in circular motions, and then leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Wash with cold water and moisturize.

Neem and Yoghurt Scrub

Directions to Use & Method

  • Take one tablespoon of neem paste and combine it with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt.
  • Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to dry completely before washing your face with cold water.

2: Neem for Strong Hair

2.1 Neem Hair Oil

Hair oils infused with Neem can improve scalp health, promote hair growth, prevent dandruff, and strengthen hair follicles, resulting in stronger and healthier hair. Here are two recipes for nourishing Neem hair oil:

Neem and Coconut Hair Oil Recipe

Directions to Use & Method

  • Heat 1/2 cup coconut oil at low flame and add 10-15 neem leaves.
  • Leave it to cool down.
  • Add 1/4 cup castor oil into it and mix.
  • Massage your scalp and wash your hair for half to one hour after application.

Neem and Amla Hair Oil Recipe

Directions to Use & Method

  • Combie 1 cup of Neem leaves (dried or fresh) with 2 cups of Amla oil. 
  • Leave the mixture in sunlight or a warm place for about 2 weeks to let the nourishing properties of neem infuse in the oil. 
  • Shake the container gently to allow proper infusion.
  • Strain the oil after two weeks and use the hair oil to massage gentle.

2.2 Neem Hair Mask:

Neem hair masks can nourish the hair, promote growth, and protect against scalp infections. They also aid in the restoration of shine and vitality to dull, lifeless hair. For strong and beautiful hair, try these Neem hair mask recipes:

Neem and Fenugreek Hair Mask

Directions to Use & Method

  • Soak the fenugreek seeds in water for about three hours. Next, add the neem leaves to the seeds, along with a few drops of water, and give it a good blitz.
  • Once the paste is smooth, add yogurt and lemon juice to it.
  • Apply this paste to oiled hair, and leave it on for about an hour. Wash it off.

Hair Mask with Neem and Yoghurt

Directions to Use & Method

  • Add 3-4 tbsp. neem leaves powder or ground neem leaves in a cup of curd or yogurt.
  • Add 1 tbsp. honey for added moisturization of your hair.
  • Blend or mix it with a spoon until it becomes a fine paste.
  • Apply it for over an hour and rinse with shampoo.

2.3 Neem Shampoo:

Using Neem shampoo can help keep your scalp clean and healthy, reduce itching, and promote hair growth. Here are two Neem shampoo recipes to try as part of your hair care regimen:

Homemade Neem Shampoo

Directions to Use & Method

  • In a clean, empty bottle or container, pour in 1 cup of the liquid castile soap.
  • Add 1/4 cup of Neem oil to the bottle and mix well. If the Neem oil solidifies at room temperature, you may warm it slightly to make it easier to mix.
  • Optional step: add the 10-15 drops of essential oil for fragrance and the vitamin E oil for adding nourishment and mix thoroughly.
  • The homemade Neem shampoo is ready to use. 
  • Pour a small, lather it in your hair, and massage the scalp. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Shampoo with Neem and Aloe Vera

Directions to Use & Method

  • Follow the recipe mentioned above, only add ¼ cup of pure Aloe Vera gel to step 2.

Neem’s Skin and Hair Benefits

  • Provides deep nourishment to hair and skin. 
  • Prevents oily scalp and skin.
  • The antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antimircobial, and anti-inflammatory properties of Neem prevents fungal and bacterial infections of the skin and hair.
  • Prevents breakouts and acne.
  • Provides moisturization to hair, scalp and skin. 
  • Deep cleans skin and hair and unclogs pores.
  • Prevents signs of aging by reducing fine lines, wrinkles and premature greying of hair.

3.1 Neem for Pimples and Acne:

Neem is well-known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective acne treatment. It can aid in the reduction of inflammation, the control of excess oil production, and the prevention of bacterial growth, all of which contribute to clearer skin.

3.2 Anti-Aging Properties:

It contains antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals, and prevent premature aging. The use of Neem-based products on a regular basis can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, promoting a youthful complexion.

3.3 Scalp Health and Hair Growth:

The antifungal and antimicrobial properties of Neem aid in the scalp infection treatment, dandruff, and itching. A healthy scalp promotes hair growth, allowing your hair to become stronger, thicker, and more resilient.

4: Neem from an Ayurvedic Perspective

4.1 Neem Benefits Ayurveda:

It is classified as a bitter and cooling herb in Ayurveda. It is well-known for balancing excess Pitta (fire and water elements) and Kapha (earth and water elements) doshas, which are frequently associated with skin and hair problems.

4.2 Ayurvedic Skin and Hair Care Tips:

The importance of a holistic approach to beauty is emphasized in Ayurveda. In addition to Neem-based remedies, try the following Ayurvedic practices for glowing skin and strong hair:

  • Maintain a balanced diet in accordance with your dosha type.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Exercise on a regular basis and employ stress-reduction techniques.
  • Maintain good sleep hygiene for healthy skin and hair.


The amazing healing and rejuvenating properties of Neem make it a gift from nature for healthy skin and strong hair. It provides a variety of Ayurvedic remedies, whether for the skin through face packs, toners, or scrubs, or for the hair through hair oils, masks, and shampoos. You can unlock Neem’s potential to enhance your natural beauty by embracing its power and incorporating it into your beauty regimen. Adopt Ayurvedic wisdom and discover for yourself how Neem can transform your life.

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About Dr. Ranjana Kaushal

Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 11 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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