In India, Neem was commonly called “the villlage pharmacy” because it has so many health benefits. According to Ayurvedic myth, the healing properties of this plant were engendered when it was graced with a drop of nectar (amrta) from the cup of immortality. Because of its bitter property, Neem is indicated as having a calming and cooling effect on heat or redness as it shows up on the skin, as well as in the lining of the digestive tract.
For its skin-smoothing, purifying, and beautifying benefits, Neem has been dubbed “Queen of the Skin” in Ayurveda. Its role as topical and internal support for skincare is one of Neem’s greatest glories.
In the digestive tract, Neem functions to balance the beneficial bacteria – supporting the body’s defense against unfavorable microbes. In addition, its high chlorophyll content makes it useful to neutralize odors in the case of foul-smelling sweat or halitosis. For this property, Neem is often used is Ayurvedic toothpastes, and the young twigs themselves have been known to be used in place of toothbrushes.
Neem is also said to cleanse the blood, benefit the eyes, and balance acidity.
Energetics of Neem
Taste (Rasa): Bitter
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent
Quality (Guna): Light, dry
Tissue (Dhatu): Plasma, blood, fat, reproductive
Channel (Srotas): Digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive
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Neem: (Azadirachta indica) is traditionally called “the Queen of Skin,” as it supports healthy skin. While we have skin that wraps our bodies, we have even more skin on the inside of the body. There is the skin or epithelium that lines the digestive and respiratory tract as well as numerous other locations in the body such as the arteries and heart. It is said that 80% the complexion and radiance of the skin is due to the health of the inner skin of the gut. Neem is Ayurveda’s most powerful support for healthy inner and outer skin. Neem also supports healthy liver, intestinal, pancreatic and immune function. Neem has been historically used for the treatment of skin in beauty and skin care products, and we employ it in our LifeSpa skin care line.
Blooming Lotus Mud Mask: All at once moisturizing and gently exfoliating, Blooming Lotus Mud Mask combines chickpea flour with Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki and Triphala. Raw honey and clay serve to tighten the appearance of enlarged pores and leave the skin looking restored. Softening apple pectin has been found to lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and environmental damage.
Luscious Mango Body Butter: Lifespa’s Luscious Mango Body Butter is a full-body Ayurvedic moisturizer that, when used daily, will offer deep moisture and promote a glowing and rejuvenated appearance to the skin. An opulent blend of Ayurvedic herbs and plant butters, Luscious Mango Body Butter leaves the skin looking richly nourished and radiating the delicate and intoxicating aroma of vanilla and ylang ylang.
Crystal Clear Cleanser Toner: Crystal Clear Cleanser and Toner is a revival of an ancient Ayurvedic cleansing formula. Chickpea flour is employed as an exfoliating scrub that removes oil, dirt and make-up, leaving the skin looking soft and nourished. Ayurvedic herbal stars Neem, Amalaki and Triphala combine with a coconut lipid extract and glycerin to create a delicate, non-drying lather. The soft scent of tangerine lends a crisp, clean finish.
Fountain of Youth Skin Serum: A highly concentrated moisturizer and nutrient blend, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is designed to be applied to target areas to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in time-tested Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki, Vacha (Calamus), Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Bala, along with vitamins A, C, D and E, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum brings Ayurvedic beauty solutions to the areas of your skin most vulnerable to aging and environmental damage.