Neem is a popular medicinal herb that’s been part of traditional remedies that date back almost 5000 years. Also known as Azadirachta Indica in English or ‘Neemba’ in Sanskrit, the Neem tree is a really good example of how nature holds both the problem and the cure.
It’s home to more than 130 different biologically active compounds! No wonder it’s such an effective anti-viral and anti-bacterial, along with being a powerful immune-stimulant.
What are the biggest Neem benefits?
Let’s start with the obvious Neem benefits:
Health Benefits Of Neem
Both Neem oil and Neem leaf are terrific skin care ingredients:
- Neem relieves dry skin.
- It soothes itchiness, redness and irritation.
- It improves general skin health and immunity, combating bacterial infections, as in acne, boils and ulcers.
Compared to Antibiotics Neem does not promote resistance to bacteria. Antibiotics are over-prescribed and are becoming blunt as a weapon in our fight against diseases. Neem is an interesting alternative, and one that will never stop working.
One of the top Neem benefits is that it assists you in avoiding harsh chemicals and nasty insecticides when treating conditions like
- Psoriasis; a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.
- Head lice among other skin issues.
When used as hair oil
Neem promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness, prevents premature graying and may even help with some forms of hair loss.
Neem oil also makes a great nail oil.
No more brittle nails and no more nail fungus.
The biggest benefit of Neem oil and Neem leaf is that they are good for your general health, the condition of your skin and body, and your immune system. So whether you use them to fight some skin condition, or just to prevent any skin related problems in the first place, you are doing yourself something good.
Benefits Of Taking Neem Leaf
Neem leaf is an essential ingredient in many herbal remedies. Indians have known for thousands of years that taking Neem has many benefits.
- It stimulates the immune system,
- Improves liver function,
- Detoxifies the blood,
- It generally promotes a healthy circulative, respiratory and digestive system.
- It is famous as a malaria treatment and for diabetes.
In the western world people mostly drink Neem tea or take Neem capsules to boost immune function and for the blood cleansing effect, especially people with skin problems.
More Medicinal Benefits Of Neem
Yes, spermicide. Neem also shows great promise as a natural means of birth control.
Oral care and periodontal disease is another great benefit of Neem as well, when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums you can not go wrong with Neem.
The range of diseases that has been traditionally treated with Neem, or where research is being done, is huge:
AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, duodenal ulcers, kidney disorders, fungal infections, yeast infections, STDs, all kinds of skin disorders, periodontal disease, mononucleosis, blood disorders, heart diseases, nerve disorders, allergies… and the list goes on.
Benefits Of Neem For Animals
Wash your dog with Neem soap or a Neem shampoo, and you’ll discourage biting insects, ticks and fleas, ringworm, mange mites, any skin disorders or fungal infections…
Neem is just as good for the skin and hair of your pets as it is for yourself. Again, you avoid nasty chemicals and harmful medications. They only increase stress for the immune system rather than helping it, whereas Neem benefits the immune system and overall health of your pet.
Neem Benefits For Gardeners And Farmers
You probably know that Neem spray is a popular insect spray. One of the most valued benefits of Neem spray in the garden is that it is totally non-toxic to us, to other mammals, to birds, bees and even beneficial insects.
Spraying Neem does not create a death zone around your vegetable patch or orchard, like other insecticides do.
These days you never know what kind of chemical cocktail you eat with your bought fruit and vegetables.
Neem protects your garden crops from chewing and sucking insects and from fungal diseases, and your health benefits as well.
Another Neem benefit is that insects do not become resistant to it. Normal synthetic insecticides create resistant insects. So farmers need to spray more and more, and nastier and nastier chemicals to keep insects in check. When you use Neem oil you don’t have that problem.
Neem oil spray can also be used as a natural mosquito repellent. Neem keeps mosquitoes away AND it is good for your skin! On the other hand DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), the active ingredient in chemical insect repellents, is highly toxic.
Benefits Of Neem Trees
And there are more Neem benefits. Growing Neem trees takes little water. Their deep tap roots break through hard clay pans and mine the subsoil for nutrients. The nutrients are returned to the surface as leaf litter, for other plants to use.
Neem trees are especially good at accumulating calcium. Growing Neem trees can bring acidic soils back to neutral and so reclaim exploited soils.
Neem trees can grow in very marginal areas, and improve those soils over time.
Increasing use of Neem in the western world, and increasing demand, would open up economic opportunities in Nigerian Exporting. We have the ideal climate for growing Neem.
Neem grows quickly and makes good firewood. Excessive firewood clearing is the main reason for the spread of the desert.
And we all know that trees are carbon sinks, and that we need to contain our carbon emissions if we want to slow global warming, and the more trees we plant the better…
One of the best known books about Neem is called, Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems
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