Neem, neemtree, Indian Lilac or Azadirechta indica is not at all new to Indian subcontinent. In most of the Indian household, to prevent skin infections the newborns are bathed in water prepared by boiling neem leaves for 15 minutes.
The protective and curative properties of neem have been known since a long time and this has been confirmed by the latest scientific research.
Neem enhances your immune system and helps body fight the invading infections.
Neem is a tropical tree and every part (seeds, bark, leaves, twigs and fruits) of the tree is enriched with therapeutic benefits.
Benefits of Neem
Here is a list of some health benefits of neem, few of which you might not have heard of.
Helps treat skin conditions-
Neem is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent and is therefore useful in curing chronic skin ailments. Application of neem extract can expedite healing of acne, itching, eczema, rosacea, ringworm, shingles, herpes and other fungal infections.
For minor skin abrasions, apply paste of fresh neem leaves or medicated neem creams.
Good for hair and nails-
Neem oil and neem shampoos are very effective in treating common hair problems such as dandruff, hair fall and psoriasis. Neem is antiseptic in nature and is therefore useful in curing yellow and brittle nails cause due to presence of fungi or yeast.
Excellent for dental care-
The researches of American and German scientists have revealed that neem extracts can be helpful in keeping gum diseases and tooth decay at bay. In olden days most of the people knew about the dental benefits of neem and used neem twigs for cleaning teeth.
Use neem toothpastes and mouthwashes widely available in the market, to keep your mouth germ-free and healthy.
You can prepare a neem rinse at home. Boil some neem leaves in clean water and allow it to cool. Store in a clean bottle and use it as mouth wash. The prepared neem wash can last for a week.
Treats a variety of viral, fungi and yeast infections-
According to scientists neem has amazing medical qualities to destroy fungi, bacteria and parasites.
Candida infestations, herpes infections and athlete’s foot can be prevented by using neem extracts.
Reduces cancerous tumors-
Neem-based creams and lotions have been tested on lymphocytic cancer. Scientific studies have shown that neem’s therapeutic qualities can help mitigate cancerous tumours.
Stabilizes blood sugar levels-
The bitter tasting neem is helpful in balancing blood sugar level in the body and is therefore beneficial for people with diabetes.
Keeps heart disease under control-
Taking neem extract in any form, be it liquid, tablets, capsules or chewing fresh leaves can control your rising cholesterol levels.
Neem is cardio-protective in nature. Neem is known for its ability to lower blood pressure, blood clots and soaring heart rates.
Plant a neem tree in your garden or near your house and reap its unmatched benefits to the maximum.