Neem and Tulsi are highly eulogised in texts of ayurveda for their skin healing properties. These herbs are praised as “Kushtaghna”, which help in acne, pimple, scars and marks.
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Skin is the largest organ in human body .Naturally fresh and healthy skin is protector of body and a thing of beauty. Texts of ayurveda recommend many herbs and natural remedies to protect our skin from acne, pimple, scars, marks and wrinkles. These herbs and herbal remedies not only help in the above mentioned conditions but also effective in other skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema etc.
Structure of skin according to Ayurveda:
It is essential to know about structure of skin before analyzing the causes which make changes on skin. Skin is made up of multiple layers of epithelial tissues. Microscopic section of the skin shows two distinct parts. Epidermis is the top most layer. The upper layer of epidermis contains dead cells which gradually cast off. These cells are gradually replaced by fresh new cells produced by basal layer which is the lower layer of epidermis.
The Dermis lies below epidermis and consists of net work of collagen fibers which is responsible for elastic properties of skin. Sebaceous glands associated with hair follicles and sweat glands, are all present in dermis and get blood supply from the subcutaneous tissue present below dermis. Sebaceous glands get activated during puberty and produce oil like substance called sebum.
According to ayurveda acharya Sushruta, the skin has seven layers. These layers when get affected by imbalanced three doshas (vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha) give rise to different skin diseases.
Herbs like tulsi, neem, saffron, turmeric, Yashtimadhu or Licorice, sandal wood, amla etc help to keep the skin healthy and disease free. Among these the combination of Neem and Tulsi works wonders as it has wound healing, anti inflammatory and anti microbial properties.
Importance of Neem and Tulsi Combination
Kapha blocks pores on skin. This leads to formation of acne and pimple. The tikta rasa of neem and katu, tikta rasa of tulsi help to reduce kapha and unblock the pores. Tikta rasa acts as astringent and helps to close pores. Ushna veerya of tulsi cleanses the skin and the anti micro bacterial properties of these two help to prevent infection and formation of acne, pimples and back acne.
Tulsi for skin:
Tulsi helps in many skin disorders. Due to its Pungent taste (katu rasa) and Bitter taste (tikta rasa), it is effective in skin rashes, insect bites and itching. Leaves of this plant are effectively used in ring worm infections and leucoderma. Paste and Juice of Tulsi leaves help to reduce acne, pimples and scars. Tulsi tea is also an effective herbal drink which keeps skin healthy.
Tulsi is known to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes tulsi an ideal herb to ward of infections and keep skin clean. This herb acts as a blood purifier when consumed internally. It helps to expel body toxins and boost immunity of skin. Holy basil contains powerful anti-oxidants and helps to improve digestion and blood circulation. It acts as a best anti-ageing herb.
Neem for Skin:
The neem is proved to be beneficial in treating skin diseases because of its antibiotic, antifungal and blood purifying properties. According to ayurveda principles due to its bitter taste (tikta rasa) vitiated Kapha and pitta cause skin diseases. Neem pacifies vitiated kapha and pitta, thus helps to cure skin ailments. It promotes wound healing as it is antibacterial and astringent. In psoriasis it reduces itching, irritation, roughness of skin and heals the psoriatic patches. In same way it heals eczema too. It reduces infection and inflammation of acne. Neem helps to maintain the health of scalp skin and prevents dandruff.
The combination of neem and tulsi help immensely to control diseases of skin.
Neem and Tulsi face pack benefits for Acne, Pimple and Pigments
Neem and tulsi combination works wonders due to their immense medicinal properties. Here is a quick neem and tulsi face pack recipe. All the ingredients are readily available in store.
Neem powder – 1 tea spoon
Tulsi powder – 1 tea spoon
Aloevera (Kumari) gel – 2 tea spoons
Curd or yogurt – 1 tea spoon
Neem and Tulsi Water
Take few tender twigs of tulsi and neem. Wash them well in running water. Add water in the ratio of 1:4 (herbal mix : water). Boil this and allow it cool. Store this in a spray bottle and keep it in fridge. Use it as a astringent water. Discard the stored neem tulsi water after 3 days.
Neem and Tulsi Skin Toner
Toner is used in skin care to balance skin PH level. Bacterial activity on skin leads to formation of an acidic layer on skin. This is detrimental to skin health. Hence a toner is used to balance this. Apart from this toner is also useful to close open pores and prevent formation of wrinkles. A toner has to be used after cleansing the face and before using a moisturiser or face cream. Neem and tulsi toner is very effective as both these herbs have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. They also boost immunity of skin and prevent formation of wrinkles as they have “Kashaya rasa” (astringent factor) and “tikta rasa” (bitter factor).
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