Neem-The Remarkable Benefits of Neem

 Neem Leaf and Oil Benefits

Neem benefits: the tremendous benefits of neem leaf and oil.

Scientific Name; Azadirachta Indica, Ayurvedic Name; Nimba, Neem is the favorite medicinal herb for traditional remedies, the most useful plant with tremendous benefits, and one of the most used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Neem is a unique tree which grows in Asia, with the most complex leaves on the planet, also called as ``village pharmacy`` neem tree has over 130 different biologically active compounds.(1Trusted Source)

The evergreen Azadirachta indica (Neem) belongs to the Meliaceae family, found in tropical and subtropical areas, including India, Burma , Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

The active compounds of neem are applied in Ayurveda, Unani, homeopathy, and lately modern medicine start using this “divine tree” for treatment of many diseases, including infections, metabolic diseases, and cancer.

The Ayurvedic texts describe neem as arishtha (reliever of disease) or sarva roga nivarani (that will keep all diseases at bay).

Neem has a bitter and astringent test, so it is especially useful for balancing Pitta and Kapha doshas.

The neem tree parts are all used in traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammation, infection, fever, skin disease and dental disorders.

The benefits of Neem leaf

1. Neem as Anti-cancer

One of the lots incredible benefits of neem is that it kills cancerous cells. As long as they play around by themselves is not an issue, but if in the body is created a situation and gather in one place becomes a problem.

Neem contains a wide range of biological active compounds (nimbin, nimbidin, nimbolide, and limonoids) which occupy essential places in cancer development and management.

Studies also show that neem has positive effects in cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer(2Trusted Source)

Consuming neem every day it keeps the number of cancerous cells within a certain limit without turning back against your system.

2. Neem in Yogic sadhana

The generation of heat that neem creates in the body, it is supportive of ushna quality -the intense energy within the system.

In case of other quality, sheeta (literally means cold)-the excess mucus in the body causes cold and sinusitis and if the body is in the condition of sheeta will not be able of too much activity.

Neem helps to keep the body orientated to ushna (fuel), the fuel that is used as an extra power when is need it; you can handle easier with the external situation as travel or other influences.

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3. Neem as Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Anti-parasitic
How is the world full of bacteria so is the body, a lot of microorganisms of which we have no idea live within the human body and outside; some are useful, those who helps body`s digestion, others are not.

For those `` no useful`` bacteria, the system spends a lot of energy to manage and if an excess occurs the body will be ``down.``

By using neem, in the intestinal region bacteria will be killed and the colon will remain clean and free from infection; externally it helps in such a way that bacteria will not overgrow.

a)Wound healer: Make a paste from fresh neem leaves and dab it on your wounds or insect bites a few times a day or neem water as cleansing.

b)Dandruff, color and strength of hair: Boil a bunch of fresh or dry neem leaves until the water turns green and allow it to cool. Cleanse your hair with this water after shampoo.

c)Eye diseases: Boil some fresh or dry neem leaves, let the water to cool and then use it to wash your eyes. It helps any kind of irritation, tiredness or redness.

d)Skin problems: neem is a twach rasayana (skin remedy) it draws out excess oil and smoothes blemishes; a paste made from fresh neem leaves and applied daily can the acne dries out; helps any kind of eruptions and dark spots.

Also, let overnight fresh or dry neem leaves into water (at least 8 hours); drink this water in the morning for detoxifying your body or wash your face (infusion) with neem water: for eruptions, acne or dark spot and to increase immunity.

Neem paste combined with turmeric can also be used for itching, eczema, ringworms and other mild skin diseases.

Yogi Bhajan said: ``If you have got a pimple which is not curable by any person or any reason, get neem leaf. Put them in water and make a tea type or soup out of them. It is bitter, but it can purify you like an innocent.
Very fantastic, it can kill any kind of germ or bacteria in the bloodstream. It is beautiful.``

e) Immune system- Neem has a purifying effect on the blood, cleanse the liver, stimulates insulin secretion in the pancreas is support for the heart and immune system.

Due to its remarkable properties, neem is also used in toothpaste, soaps, oils and one of the most beloved among the practitioners of aromatherapy or alternative medicine.

Keep in mind

1.When neem is consumed in excess, can kill the sperm cells.
2. A pregnant woman can lose the fetus; neem does not cause damage to the body or ovaries but creates heat, and the system may treat the baby like a foreign body.

 Benefits of Neem flower 

Neem flowers are blooming twice a day from January through April. With sweet jasmine-like fragrance, neem flowers produce ample quantities of nectar.

Neem flowers also are used in cooking, known for improving digestive health, and available in fresh, dry or powder form. They are boiled, roasted, and fried for use in sauces and rice dishes. They’re often dry baked and sprinkled for dish garnish as well.

Neem honey, also used in cooking, is extracted from neem flowers.
You can dry and soak the flowers in honey making your neem honey which also cures throat infection.

As a traditional ingredient is also known as Vepampoo in Tamil and used during the Tamil and Telugu New Year festivals, with the benefit of being a health tonic; is used in this period perhaps as a reminder of hard moments to can be faced in the year ahead.

Vepampoo rasam is one way of making, served cold is refreshing in the weeks of summer. It should be made light, and just a few flavorings like mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chilies, all briefly fried, before adding lots of water. 

Neem in Aromatherapy and Cosmetics

Aromatherapy practitioners consider neem flower oil an essential oil due to its calming and relaxing effect. 

Neem flower oil and extracts, also are used in aromatherapy treatments and a variety of cosmetics, including massage oils, creams, and astringents.

Alternative medicine practitioners also mix neem flowers with other parts of the neem tree to treat leprosy, blood problems, itching, and other skin conditions.

The Benefits of Neem Oil For Skin

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Natural Neem oil is full of beneficial nutrients for those who have psoriasis, dry and itchy skin. With antibacterial and anti-fungal properties help to heal wounds and small cuts, acne symptoms and fight skin-related fungal infections.

For any type of skin, neem provides excellent moisturizing and healing benefits due to its richness in vitamin E and fatty acids as oleic acid and linoleic acid, which help improve skin elasticity and provide and retain moisture.

Note: Neem oil contains different fatty acids, including oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) beneficial to the skin, and are the primary determinants of changes in keratinocyte plasma membrane viscosity.

Due to its remarkable properties, Neem oil is used in the manufacturing of skin care products. 

a)Neem Oil for Dry Skin

As natural water repellent (hydrophobic) rich in Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), neem oil locks moisture in, is a highly effective skin conditioner and is excellent to use on areas of the dry skin such as the face, neck, hands, and feet.

Moisturizing your skin with a mix of neem oil with a carrier oil such as tamanu or coconut oil (also two excellent skin conditioner) and massage the dry parts of your skin, as soles of the feet and cracked heels. 

b)Neem Oil for Acne

Neem oil stops bacterial growth, is a natural anti-inflammatory full of vitamin E which helps to reduce redness, swelling and heal damaged skin while the fatty acids moisturize and nourish the skin.

Face Mask: Warm 1 tsp. of 100% olive oil, add 10-12 drops of 100% cold-pressed neem oil and apply on your face or just on the affected area, and wash off in 1/2 hour.

For best results, you can add other antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oils like eucalyptus oil (1-2 drops) and peppermint oil (1-2 drops). 

c)Neem Oil for Skin Pigmentation

As a melanin producer Neem oil excels in reducing skin pigmentation, regulating the secretion of melanin making the skin fairer.

For skin spot apply a few drops of neem oil directly on the pigmented areas but make the sensitivity test of your skin on your wrist before using; the bitterness of neem can burn the affected area.

d)Neem Oil for Anti-Aging and Sun Protection
The anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties, full of carotenoids and antioxidants, Neem oil helps to reduce redness, burning and can defend against free radicals as UV which cause signs of aging and skin cancer, protecting the skin and fight from further damage.

Researches show that Neem can stimulate collagen production, suitable for aging skin, and the Vitamin E acts as a free radical which prevent the oxidizing processes in the surface. (3Trusted Source)

As an anti-wrinkle oil, combine a few drops of Neem oil with cold pressed moringa oil and apply on face, it rejuvenates aging skin, improves the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles.
e)Nemm Oil for Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema and psoriasis can be controlled with Neem oil which effectively manages the inflammation and irritation with potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Neem oil is a source of in Vitamin E, which creates a thin layer to protect the skin and as an analgesic can provide immediate relief of skin irritation, reduce itching and scratching.

For the sensitive affected area, mix neem oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or tamanu oil and massage lightly; applying undiluted neem oil can actually irritate the skin more.

e)Neem Oil for Fungal Infections

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Applying Neem oil directly on the affected areas three times/day are enough to destroy several strains of fungi.

For nail infection blend same amount of Neem oil with oregano oil; apply on the infected nails and itchy skin between toe and repeat daily until the infection subsides.

2.Benefits of Neem oil for Hair

Neem oil has the power to improve all hair conditions from dry, thinning, frizzy maintaining the color and strength for hair, helping with hair loss, promoting hair growth and getting rid of lice. 

a)Neem Oil for Hair Loss

Neem oil is essential for your hair, it can prevent hair ailments such as hair loss, dry, itchy scalp, premature graying, and dandruff.

Use daily by adding to shampoo a few drops of Neem oil and Amla oil and let sit for 20 minutes and wash off.

For scalp rejuvenation, hair color, preventive gray hair, and smooth combine 1 tbsp. of Neem oil to 2 tbsp. of beneficial carrier oil as Amla oil, or Almond oil and leave overnight and apply 1time/week through massage.

Massage increases blood circulation and opens up pores, that stimulates hair growth.

b)Neem Oil for Dandruff

Due to antibacterial and anti-fungal properties Neem oil is known and found in many anti-dandruff shampoos. It also fixes the pH level and applying Neem oil regularly can help scalp itching, dryness, fungal and bacterial infections as dandruff.

Use 2-3 tbsp. of 100% cold-pressed warm Neem oil directly onto the scalp and massage and wash in 40 minutes.
You also can combine with Coconuts or Moringa oil if you have a sensitive scalp. 

c)Neem Oil for Dry Itchy Scalp and Frizzy Hair

When you have a dry, itchy scalp the combination of Neem oil with other anti-inflammatory Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil for cooling and soothing which helps to nourish the dry scalp, curb itching and make your hair smell great.

With the hydrophobic properties of need help to increase and retain hair moisture and in the same time forms a thin coating the hair from the environment. 

Massage into the hair and scalp a combination of 1 tbsp. Neem oil with 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 3 drops of Peppermint oil and 1 tbsp Coconut, Almond oil or Tea tree oil and leave for few hours or overnight for best results.

d)Neem Oil for Split Ends

Harsh heat styling, damaging hair products or sunlight causes in most cases split ends.

A few drops of Neem oil with the same amount of coconut oil or moringa oil put directly on the split ends help to moisturize the hair and make it more manageable especially in the morning when you're in a hurry. 

e)Neem Oil for Lice

The power of azadirachtin ingredient makes neem oil a natural insecticide. The astringent smell of neem oil is hate by lice and help to get rid of once and for all.

Massage your hair 6-7 tsp. of warm neem oil, cover your head and leave overnight. The next day comb your hair to catch the eggs and lice. 

3.Benefits of Neem Oil for Gums and Teeth

Twigs of Neem have been used in India for centuries as a primitive-natural toothbrush. Chewing on a Neem twig prevent gum disease, reduce tooth decay and also whitening your teeth.

a)Neem Oil for Gums

Neem oil has natural anti-bacterial properties that prevent gum inflammation. Before brushing, merely massage 2 drops of Neem oil mixed with coconut oil for healthy, strong gums and improved oral health.

b)Neem Oil for Teeth

A lot of oral care products are available in the market that contains Neem as an active ingredient, which helps in bacteria and plaque control and keeps your teeth strong and healthy.

Adding on toothpaste or directly on toothbrush 2-3 drops of Neem oil penetrates the gums and reduce tooth decay. 

4.Benefits of Neem as insecticide and pesticide

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If you choose a natural way to control insects, pests, and disease, there's nothing better than neem oil.

Neem is a storehouse of insecticidal azadirachtin, most powerful active ingredient and one of nature's most potent.(4Trusted Source)

a)Plants- Black spot, Powdery mildew, Root rot, Sooty mold

Neem oil is a non-toxic and natural product for the environment; it does not cause harm to animals, birds, fish, plants and other wildlife.

With its active compound, azadirachtin, Neem oil can kill insects from the egg and larvae to grown adult and interrupts reproductive cycles.

Neem oil works efficiently against over 200 hundred different insects like head lice, ticks, aphids, mites, whiteflies, beetles, ants, and caterpillars.

Make a Neem oil insecticide spray with 450 grams warm distilled water, 1/2 a tbsp. of pure Castile soap and 1/2 a tsp. of 100% cold-pressed neem oil. Shake until dissolve and spray once a week for best results.

Note: a traditionally Castile soap is made exclusively with vegetable oils as olive oil or in combination with coconut oil, an excellent cleanser for washing your body and hair till cleaning your house; it can safely be used by children; you can find in natural food stores or online and is essential to dissolve the oil)

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease, look like dust and affects many plants and especially roses.

You can also use for Root Rot (usually is the result of overwatering)., Sooty Mold (threadlike growth-mycelium) gives plants the appearance of being covered with a layer of ``chimney`` soot, and Black spots.

As an insecticide spray, add 1/2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar to the neem oil and spray the plant once a week, or you can find as a gardening product.

b)Mosquitoes

Neem is a good ``weapon`` when it comes to repelling mosquitoes, especially those carrying malaria. The study concluded that same amount of Neem oil mixed in Coconut oil, applied on body provided protection for 12 h from the bites of all anopheline mosquito species and is safe and can also be used for protection from malaria.

c)Bed bugs

The EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency) has deemed that 100% cold-pressed Neem oil is the only natural pesticide registered for use against bed bugs.

Make a composition of 450 grams of water, add 5 tbsp cold pressed neem oil, 1tbsp of pure Castile soap.

Shake to dissolve, and you can also add a few drops of clove leaf oil, other effective bed bug repellent.

Spray your cushion, bed mattress, sheets, carpet, headboard, underneath the bed and small crevices where the annoying pests can hide.  Use it daily for at least 3 weeks to ensure you have eradicated the infestation.

Soak cotton balls with Neem oil and also put them into out-of-the-way places, your lover pet spot, to repel unwanted pests.

5.Benefits of Neem Oil for pets; Dogs & Cats

When your pet suffers from parasites, mites, ticks or local skin conditions like atopic dermatitis choosing a natural product as Neem oil is the best answer for your dog or cat and do not cause discomfort.

Research also shows that Neem is beneficial for dogs and cats with dermatitis, can manage mites, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks.

Make a spray composition from 2 cups of warm water, 1/2 tsp. mild soap (such as Castile soap) plus 1tsp. of neem oil mix until dissolved and use on the affected areas.

For dogs add to shampoo 1/2 tbsp. to 1 tbsp. of neem oil and use 1time/2 weeks for skin conditions and parasites.

For cats use 8-10 drops of neem oil  into shampoo; as they are constantly grooming and licking themselves the sharp test of neem can do harm for your cat, so a small amount is better: repeat shampooing 1time/week. 

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