Neem for Eczema – Benefits and Uses

Orange and Neem face pack

Neem is an extremely useful medicinal herb which has been used traditionally as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. So much so, that it is called nature’s own doctor. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and has a variety of uses for beauty and health. One of which includes treatment of eczema.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema

Eczema is a commonly occurring skin condition in which the skin becomes red, inflamed, itchy, dry and cracked. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Atopic refers to conditions which involve the immune system and dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin.

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is ultimately an allergic reaction. People suffering from eczema will often experience flare-ups of symptoms which mostly occur due to exposure to an allergen. Eczema like most other allergies does not have a total cure but eczema is treatable with some home remedies and its symptoms can be kept in check.

Skin Healing Properties of Neem

Neem has a tonne of benefits for skin which can help in treating several ailments. These benefits are present in almost all parts of the neem tree. Popularly used skin applications of neem use either the neem leaves of the neem oil, an oil extracted from the seeds. Neem oil helps in soothing dry and irritated skin. Here are a few benefits of using neem and neem oil for your skin –

1. Anti-inflammatory

A lot of common skin ailments including eczema involve inflammation. Neem has useful anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in treating inflamed skin. In fact, scientific studies have demonstrated that neem can help relieve both chronic and acute inflammation.

2. Antibacterial

Neem has been known to have antibacterial properties. Staphylococcus aureus is a well-known bacteria which causes a range of diseases which also include skin infections neem oil can counteract the effects of this bacteria hence protecting your skin.

3. Analgesic

Neem is an effective analgesic, it can be used to reduce pain caused by inflamed skin and joints. It can also be used to accelerate the healing of minor cuts and wounds.

4. Antihistaminic

Allergic reactions are caused by the release of histamine by our immune cells when they come in contact with allergens. Eczema is a type of allergic reaction can be counteracted by antihistamines. Neem oil has antihistamine properties which help it combat eczema.

How to Use Neem for Eczema?

Due to the abovementioned properties, neem can be used in the treatment of eczema and other skin conditions. Here are a few recipes using neem oil for eczema and neem leaves for eczema-

1. Neem, Turmeric & Honey Paste

Neem and Turmeric

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon neem powder (crushed dry neem leaves)
  • 3-4 drops neem oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply this mix to the affected area.
  3. Keep it on for about 20 mins
  4. Wash it off.
  5. Repeat this process till the symptoms get reduced.

Why It Works

Neem and turmeric both have useful benefits such as antimicrobial properties. This mix keeps your skin moisturized and helps allay the symptoms of eczema. Turmeric can also be used as a face mask to moisturize the skin.

2. Neem Water for Bath

Neem Water Bath

Ingredients

  • 10 drops neem oil
  • A handful of neem leaves

Directions

  1. Boil neem leaves in water and strains the water.
  2. Pour this neem extract along with neem oil in your bath water.
  3. Use a neem-based moisturizer after this bath.

Why It Works

This neem water bath has a hydrating effect on your skin which helps in reducing eczema symptoms. Make sure that the bathwater is not too hot.

3. Neem and Papaya Paste

Neem and Papaya

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon papaya pulp
  • 3-4 drops neem oil

Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients till you get a paste-like consistency.
  2. Apply this paste on the affected area
  3. Leave it on for 20 mins.
  4. Wash it off.

Why It Works

Raw papaya and neem both have anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing the redness, irritation, and inflammation associated with eczema. Papaya has its own set of benefits and uses for the face as well.

4. Neem and Tulsi Liquid

Neem and Tulsi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup neem leaves
  • 1 cup tulsi leaves

Directions

  1. Boil the tulsi and neem leaves in water till half the water evaporates.
  2. Use cotton to apply this liquid to the affected area.
  3. Leave it overnight.
  4. Repeat till it symptoms get reduced.

Why It Works

Tulsi and neem both have anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing the redness, irritation, pain, and inflammation associated with eczema. The benefits of Tulsi leaves for skin are amazing.

5. Neem and Coconut Oil Mixture

neem and coconut oil

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Neem oil – 3-4 drops

Directions

  1. Mix the two oils
  2. Apply this mix to the affected area.
  3. Keep it on overnight
  4. Washing it off the next day.
  5. Repeat this process till you see the symptoms reduce.

Why It Works

Coconut oil itself has antimicrobial properties. Together these two oils help in reducing eczema symptoms.

 

Also, read: Tips and Home Remedies for Pimples & Acne

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