Those having a skin problem like itchy scalp, acne, psoriasis or eczema are willing to try anything in ore to get rid of the pain and itchiness caused by the skin inflammation. Apart from coconut oil, neem oil is one of the most effective things you can use to alleviate the symptoms of such skin problems.
The neem tree is primarily found in South Asia and is key ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. Literally each part of the tree can be used to treat various health issues:
Leaves: They can be infused in tea to boost immunity or made into paste to treat skin diseases.
Seeds: Crushed, dried, or oil extracted to be used as tincture, ointment, or medicine.
Bark and twigs: Powdered to be used in traditional medicine or chewed for strengthening the teeth.
Roots: Powdered to be used as traditional medicines for treating a wide range of diseases.
Flowers: Eaten as a vegetable.
Fruits: Eaten raw or cooked for purifying the blood.
Health Benefits Of Neem
Neem has many outstanding medical benefits and one of its most important properties is its anti-cancer properties that kill cancerous cells. Ayurvedic practitioners claim that consuming neem in small amounts every day can bring the cancerous cells in our body under check and prevent them from being destructive. It’s no wonder that neem can be found in 75% of ayurvedic medicines.
Thanks to its miraculous medicinal values, neem is virtually a living pharmacy! Due to its anticancer, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it means that the potential for improving the immune system is tremendous and the number of ailments that it can treat is just almost endless!
Here are a few of its natural “anti” properties, unlike the “anti” you find in pharmaceuticals. This means that they treat symptoms in the body without disrupting the natural gut flora habitat, bodily system processes and functions:
Antibacterial: Destroys the bacterial overgrowth and the proliferation of bacteria.
Antimicrobial: Destroys the growth and development of harmful micro-organisms.
Antiviral: Prevents the growth of viruses and the development of diseases caused by viruses.
Antifungal: Prevents the growth of infections and fungi.
Analgesic: Provides relief to many parts of your body.
Anti-inflammatory: Reduces external and inflammation, tenderness and swelling.
Antihistamine: Reduces allergic reactions.
Taking these properties into account, it`s no wonder that neem helps treat so many health problems as long as used properly and correctly:
Digestive and brain health: It boosts immunity, removes worms and parasites, heals ulcers, and improves digestion. When the digestive health is strong, the brain functions optimally, too.
Blood health: It clears up fungal infections and yeast, detoxifies the blood, regulates both blood pressure and sugar levels, and improves blood flow.
Liver and kidney health: It protects against kidney disorders like kidney stones and infections as well as liver diseases like cirrhosis and hepatitis.
Skin health: It relieves itchiness, redness, irritation, burns, and inflammation; lightens skin pigmentation; treats acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Oral health: It strengthens both teeth and gums and protects against periodontal diseases.
Hair health: It prevents breakage, hair loss, dryness, graying, and it promotes healthy hair.
Using Neem Products
As mentioned above, almost every part of a neem tree is being used for a variety of purposes. One of the biggest uses of neem is in skin care products and many people have found them to be effective for relieving skin breakouts and for improving skin appearance.
They are made into various personal care products such as soaps, toothpaste, lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, facial masks, lip balms, ointments, repellents, shampoo, hair conditioners, body scrubs, etc.
Neem oil extracted from the seeds, is rich in vitamin E and the omega fatty acids, making it an excellent product for treating and healing skin itchiness, swelling, irritation and redness of psoriasis and eczema.
Applying neem oil on inflamed skin, prevents bacteria from settling in the cracks of broken skin and supports skin healing.
Ultimately, neem powder can be made into paste and used as hair mask, facial mask, toothpaste, and anything you like.
As much as neem sounds too good to be true, it also means that it is very potent and needs to be used with care.
A woman who is considering getting pregnant, is pregnant and nursing, should stay away from using neem orally as it may cause excess body heat that makes the womb not conducive for the fetus.