People who are suffering from skin problems such as itchy scalp, acne, eczema, or psoriasis are prepared to do anything that is necessary to get rid of the skin itchiness, pain, and any discomfort that could be caused by the skin inflammation.
One of the most effective plants that has been used to relieve skin problems in neem oil.
The neem tree (also known as Azadirachta indica or Indian Lilac) is native to India and the Indian subcontinent (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan). Ayurvedic Medicine often uses this plant for the treatment of numerous health issues. The best thing about this tree is that almost all of its parts can be used to relieve various ailments.
- Leaves: The leaves are used to make a paste that can treat numerous skin diseases. Also, they can be infused in tea to boost the immune system.
- Seeds: Dried and crushed, or oil extracted can be used as medicines, tinctures or as ointments.
- Bark and twigs: You can chew them to strengthen your teeth. Traditional medicine has used bark and twigs in powdered form to treat some common health problems.
- Roots: The powdered roots of neem tree are traditional medicines for treating various ailments and diseases.
- Flowers: They can be used for culinary purposes or simply eaten as a vegetable.
- Fruits: You can eat them fresh or cooked to purify your blood.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF NEEM
According to the practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, people who consume neem in small amounts every day are at much lower risk of developing cancer.
In addition to this, neem also has powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an ideal natural remedy for improving the immune system and treating numerous health problems.
This amazing plant can effectively relieve many different symptoms without disrupting the natural gut flora habitat, bodily system processes, and functions. Here are just some of its natural “anti” properties.
- Antibacterial: Destroys the proliferation of bacteria and bacterial overgrowth.
- Antimicrobial: Prevents the growth and development of dangerous micro-organisms.
- Antiviral: Prevents the development of diseases caused by viruses.
- Antifungal: Stops the growth of fungi and infections.
- Analgesic: Reduces different types of pain.
- Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation, swelling and tenderness.
- Antihistamine: Significantly reduces reactions from allergies.
From the healing properties mentioned above, you can only imagine the immense use of neem. Below is just a short list of health problems that can be treated effectively when neem is used properly:
- Digestive and brain health: Neem can improve digestion, heal ulcers, destroy parasites and worms, and strengthen the immune system. When one’s digestive health is strong, the brain health will also improve.
- Blood health: Neem has the ability to purify and detoxify the blood. Additionally, it also helps improve blood flow and regulates the levels of blood sugar level blood pressure. All these strong healing properties will lead to stronger heart and respiratory health.
- Liver and kidney health: Regular use of neem will prevent the development of liver diseases such hepatitis and cirrhosis, and kidney disorders like the formation of kidney stones.
- Skin health: Neem can soothe and relieve inflammation, burns, break-outs, irritation, redness, itchiness, lighten skin pigmentation, and treats acne. This amazing plant is especially beneficial for people who are suffering from eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
- Oral health: Prevents periodontal diseases, and strengthens teeth and gums.
- Hair health: Neem also promotes healthy hair by preventing premature graying, dryness, thinning and hair loss.
USING NEEM PRODUCTS
As mentioned above, almost every part of a neem tree is usable. But, the biggest use of neem is in skin care products and many people around the world have experienced the effectiveness of neem for relieving skin breakouts and for improving skin appearance.
They are made into various personal care products such as toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, facial masks, lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, lip balms, ointments, repellents, etc.
Neem oil (extracted from the seeds) is full of vitamin E and omega fatty acids, which makes it an excellent product for the treatment of skin itchiness, swelling, irritation and redness of psoriasis and eczema.
If you apply neem oil on inflamed skin, you will prevent the bacteria from settling in the cracks of broken skin.
However, note that the neem smell is very strong and you will need some time to get used to it. For some people it smells like skunk, others say that it smells earthy, and there are even those who say that smells nutty or chocolatey.
Also, powdered form of neem is highly versatile. When mixed into a paste, it can be used as toothpaste, facial mask, hair mask, or anything you like.
Neem is potent and needs to be used with care. Pregnant women or those planning on conceiving shouldn’t use neem orally as it may cause excess body heat that makes the womb not conducive for the fetus.