31 Staggering Health benefits of Neem - The herb that keeps on giving
Curious about the health benefits of Neem?
I’m so in love with this Ayurvedic herb and I think once you realise all it's amazing properties you will be too.
Among the vast variety of Ayurvedic super-herbs out there, there is one star Ayurvedic herb which is called the ‘Miracle’ herb because of its all-purpose benefits - yes, it’s Neem!
Each and every part of this tree have immense health and beauty benefits.
Native to the Indian subcontinent, this ancient tree is known popularly as Neem and it is also called Nimtree, Indian Lilac and Margosa.
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine has used neem in herbal formulations since ancient times because of its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties.
And although neem leaves are infamous for their bitter taste, you'll just need to get over it as they’re excellent for your health.
Being a natural detoxifier and blood purifier, Neem supports your circulatory, immune, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems, apart from giving you healthy skin and healing your wounds quickly.
Neem has been found very effective in the treatment skin diseases like psoriasis, scabies, eczema, ringworm.
It can also help in the treatment of more serious illnesses like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and hepatitis. But it doesn't stop there, see neem is also great for treating minor cuts, bruises, ulcers and even STDs such as herpes can be cured by neem.
So, let’s dive in into the health benefits of neem in proper detail.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF NEEM
1. NATURAL DETOXIFIER & BLOOD PURIFIER
Neem is infamous for its bitter taste and it also happens to be detoxifying agent which cleans out toxins from the liver and blood.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Neem is vata aggravating which means it extremely drying. So, if you want to detox with Neem, you have to take it with a combination of other Ayurvedic herbs like turmeric, manjistha, guduchi and ginger
2. ANTIBACTERIAL, ANTIFUNGAL, ANTIMICROBIAL & ANTIMALARIAL
Neem is a total enemy of all kinds of nasty parasites which cause infections and diseases in the body. As it has strong antibacterial properties and that’s why it is used in the treatment of chickenpox, smallpox, herpes and even Hepatitis B.
Not only that, Neem is also anti-fungal and it's extract/oil can be used to treat mild oral and skin candida infection. Research even shows that Neem acts as an antipyretic agent and protect the liver from the side effects of malaria.
3. IMPROVES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Neem leaves support the circulatory system by dilating blood vessels and improving blood circulation. And this herbs is also known lower a high heart rate and control high blood pressure.
4. BALANCES HORMONES
Ayurveda uses Neem leaves for preventing and restoring hormonal imbalance.
5. RELIEVES TOOTHACHE
If you’ve got a toothache it’s always better to treat it naturally instead of using commercial painkillers which have side effects. Since Neem is antibacterial, it prevents plaque formation and cavities which lead to toothaches.
You can either use a fluoride-free Neem toothpaste or tooth powder.
6. PREVENTS AND HEALS GUM BLEEDING
Gingivitis or gum bleeding is a pretty common periodontal disease. And not cleaning your teeth properly can lead to bacterial infections which cause inflammation of the gums.
Many studies indicate that brushing your teeth twice a day with Neem toothpaste can stop bleeding and discharge from the gums and restore their healthy color.
7. WHITENS TEETH
If your teeth are yellowing and you want to whiten them naturally without any expensive dental treatments, Neem leaves can help you.
To make a Neem teeth whitening infusion, boil a handful of Neem leaves with water. Strain and let the water cool down. You can then gargle with this homemade Neem leaf infusion every day.
8. KEEPS NAILS HEALTHY
Although people are getting to know about health benefits of Neem, not many know that it’s great for your nails.
Sometimes your fingernails or toenails can contract a nail fungus from a shower or a swimming pool. Such a fungi can infect the nail bed and can cause nail discolorations, thickening and crumbling of the nail after which the nail ultimately falls off.
Massaging your nails with Neem oil daily can prevent and heal fungal infections.
9. RELIEVES MUSCULAR AND JOINT PAIN
In Ayurveda, Neem is used for treating joint pains caused by inflammation such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Studies show that Neem has polysaccharides which reduce inflammation and swelling in people who have arthritis. It also suppresses pain and stops arthritis from progressing.
10. MAY PREVENT BREAST CANCER
A study published in Cancer Biology & Therapy in 2014 proves that Neem leaf extract stops the proliferation of breast cancer cells.
It shows how a stage IV breast cancer patient used Neem to counter the side effects of chemotherapy such as fissures, cuts, red patches and nail infections.
11. SUPPORTS THE TREATMENT OF ANOREXIA
One of the most unexpected health benefits of Neem is its potential to treat something as complex as anorexia.
Ayurveda says that anorexia (aruchi) is caused when all the 3 dosha - vata, pitta and kapha get aggravated in the stomach and create a distaste towards food. Ayurvedic doctors use Neem flowers to treat anorexia.
12. TREATS DIABETES
If you have diabetes, you can help keep it under control naturally by using Neem leaves. Neem tablets made with Neem leaf extracts and seeds can be useful to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.
But you’ve got be careful with Neem supplements because they may lower your blood sugar levels too much.
Also, if you’ve had an organ transplant or have to get a surgery, do not use Neem as it may have adverse effects.
13. HELPS CURE STOMACH ULCERS
When bacteria attacks your gut and creates a sore in the stomach lining, it causes a stomach peptic ulcer. The symptoms include stomach upset, severe stomach aches, nausea and acid reflux.
Medical research shows that Neem bark extract is helpful in curing peptic ulcers. Check with an Ayurvedic practitioner before you take Neem bark extract because an overdose can cause stomach irritation.
14. TREATS ASTHMA
Asthma occurs due to the inflammation of the respiratory system which creates breathing difficulties, coughing and wheezing. Neem seed oil is extremely effective in the treatment of asthma and some patients claim to be cured by it permanently.
15. SOOTHES IRRITATED EYES
You can use Ayurvedic Neem oil eye drops to soothe, cool and protect your eyes from infections.
Washing your eyes with Neem leaf infused water can reduce the symptoms of pink eyes and conjunctivitis. To prepare this liquid just boil 10 Neem leaves with 1 litre water for 10 minutes, cool and strain.
16. AIDS THE TREATMENT OF LEPROSY
Neem has been used as a remedy for leprosy since thousands of years in India. Leprosy is a chronic skin disorder caused by a bacteria which damages the skin and nerves. Neem leaves, sap of the Neem tree and its oil can treat leprosy.
17. IMPROVES LIVER FUNCTION
Neem helps clean out toxins from the liver and improves its functioning. However, if you have had any liver or kidney diseases in the past, do not use Neem-leaf based products as they can cause side effects.
18. AIDS DIGESTION
Neem supports the digestive system and provides relief from bloating, intestinal parasites, stomach infections and ulcers.
I know that getting to know so many health benefits of Neem is a lot to remember. Watch this video for a quick recap:
Also, make sure that you don’t miss out on the beauty benefits of Neem.
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF NEEM
Among the most popular beauty benefits of Neem is it’s ability to make acne disappear!
Since Neem is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic, it is very powerful to remove and reduce an acne breakout.This wonder herb contains salicylic acid that reduces inflammation, redness, and sensitivity caused by pimples.
If you want clear skin, this Three Ingredient Neem Face Wash recipe is worth a try.
Neem oil smoothens wrinkles as it is rich vitamin E, & fatty acids that rejuvenate the skin and make it elastic.
A study published in the Journal of Biochemistry and Photobiology found out that Neem leaf extract is effective in preventing wrinkles and anti-aging.
Just another reason why we include Neem in our Renew Cleanse & Polish all natural exfoliator.
21. STIMULATES COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
Another reason for premature aging of the skin (including wrinkles and fine lines) is decreased collagen production after your mid-20s. Neem stimulates the production of collagen which helps the skin release its natural oils.
22. MOISTURIZES SKIN
Neem oil soothes dry skin because it has Vitamin E, emollients and fatty acids that stop the body from producing histamines and other chemicals that cause flakiness, swelling and redness.
If you have very dry skin, here’s what you can do daily: cleanse with a Neem soap or face/body wash and then moisturize with either pure Neem oil or lotion.
23. TREATS ECZEMA AND PSORIASIS
In Ayurvedic medicine, Neem is used to balance Pitta and Kapha. Excess Pitta in the body shows up as a skin disorder, although Neem cannot fully cure either eczema or psoriasis, it is the most natural way to provide relief to itchy and dry skin.
Eczema or dermatitis is a skin inflammation which is quite common and it gets aggravated by dust and pollen.
Similarly, psoriasis is another skin inflammatory disorder. Neem oil contains 2 anti-inflammatory substances - nimbin and nimbidin, which cool down skin and prevent flare-ups.
Here's a recipe for Handmade Neem Balm which can soothe dry & itchy skin.
24. REMOVES DARK CIRCLES
One of the beauty benefits of Neem powder is that it helps in reducing dark circles under the eye. You can make your own Neem dark circle removal paste.
Just mix ¼ teaspoon of Neem powder with rose water and dab it around eyes. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. You can either rinse this area with filtered water or wipe it with a damp clean cloth.
25. HEALS THE SCALP
Neem is known to heal all sorts of scalp-related disorders and is useful for controlling psoriasis & eczema of the scalp. Massaging your scalp with Neem oil twice a week helps you maintain a healthy scalp.
If you want wash your scalp naturally and prevent dry hair, check out this recipe for Solid Shampoo Bar with Neem Oil.
26. SUPPORTS HAIR GROWTH
Neem’s regenerative power lowers hair fall by making hair strong and slowing the thinning process. So, give yourself a head massage with a Neem infused hair oil twice a week to make your hair grow faster. You can combine pure Neem oil with coconut oil to see quick results.
28. HAIR CONDITIONER
If you need to tame your dry and frizzy mane, Neem can come to your rescue. You can use a homemade Neem hair conditioner which is fairly simple to make.
All you need to do is boil half a cup of Neem leaves in water for 3-4 minutes, strain them, mix them with 2 tablespoons of honey and blend them into a paste.
Massage this paste all over your hair after shampooing it. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse.
Alternately, you can also make DIY Neem Infused Coconut Oil and massage your hair with it 30 minutes before you wash it. Your hair will feel super silky.
29. HELPS PREVENTS BALDING
Baldness can be caused by a number of reasons like overexposure to sunlight, side effects of long term heavy medication, chronic stress etc.
Neem oil massage and conditioning coupled with a diet rich in greens, fruits and veggies, along with lots of relaxation can help regrow hair and is known to aid in preventing baldness. You can easily learn how to make neem oil at home.
It's also important to wear a hat or cover your hair with a scarf when going out in harsh sunlight.
There are tons of anti-dandruff shampoos out there which claim to cure this chronic scalp condition. Dandruff occurs when the scalp is too dry and the skin begins flaking.
Shampooing usually removes the moisture from the scalp while cleaning it which makes it even drier.
Again, including Neem oil in your weekly hair cleaning & conditioning routine can remove dandruff gradually.
If you’ve got a serious case of head lice, its very important to get rid of them naturally because many commercial anti-lice shampoos can be quite toxic.
Neem is the perfect natural solution to kill hair lice and get rid of them permanently. If you ever have the misfortune of getting head lice, make this Homemade Lice Repellent Hair Spray with Neem Oil.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WHEN USING NEEM
Neem should not be taken by pregnant and lactating women because it can cause miscarriage. . Neem should never be given to infants because it can be fatal and cause death.
People with allergies, fatigue, kidney & liver problems and low blood sugar levels, should use Neem only after consulting their doctor or an Ayurvedic practitioner. People with an organ transplant should not use Neem either.
Sometimes you need something as bitter as Neem to make your life sweeter.
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