Neem is also known as Indian lilac or nim tree. It comes from the mahogany family and is found mostly in the Indian subcontinent which consists of India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. It flourishes in semi-tropical and tropical regions only. Neem oil extracted from the neem plant is said to be extremely beneficial for health. The neem plant has various uses and is safe to be used in daily usage.
Here’s how you can use Neem in your day-to-day skin and health care regimen.
The leaves of neem not only contain antibacterial properties but also contain antiviral and antifungal properties. The properties are so strong that it can also control the pathogens in manure. The Neem stick also contains microbial effects, in most villages even today neem stick is usually chewed by people to promote oral health and to keep teeth free from cavities or plaque.
Increases blood circulation
Since Neem is a blood purifier, it is ideal for blood circulation and cleanses the entire body. Consuming Neem on a daily basis can also prove beneficial for your skin and prevent the occurrence of blackheads or acne to a certain extent. In some cases, it can also help in regulating hormone levels in women. Neem is also known to have properties to control blood pressure and detox your digestive track.
Dandruff is a common skin condition which is caused by excessive shedding of dead cells on the scalp. It is most commonly caused by fungus and the antibacterial properties of neem help one to truncate the life span of this fungus. You can add a few drops of neem oil to your shampoo or even heat the oil and apply on the scalp to reduce recurring dandruff.
Treats Skin Disorders
We all know how neem is a popular ingredient in creams and face-washes and that is its detoxifying property. Neem kills all the bacteria and fungus that is causing the skin problem, thus restoring the original health of the skin. This wonder herb has been mentioned several times in the Ayurveda journals chronicling its various uses. Neem combats acne and helps truncate several skin infections. People suffering from chicken-pox are asked to bathe in water infused with neem leaves.
For people suffering from Asthma, neem oil can be added to hot water inhalation. A few drops of neem oil can be applied on handkerchiefs and inhaling it would help with a runny nose or a cough.
Heals wounds and burns
Neem is rich in antifungal as well as anti-bacterial properties and was in the past applied on wounds to help it heal faster and better. Most over-the-counter medications for burns and wounds have neem in them as an important component, thus promising to work efficiently.
The medicinal uses of neem are so vast that it can even be used as a contraceptive.
Neem oil, if applied intravaginally before sexual intercourse, prevented pregnancy in human volunteers as per research. Numerous studies also consider neem as an easily available and safe contraceptive method. Some studies also claim that neem oil, when applied to genitals, can reduce the odours and helps people in feeling fresh throughout the day.
However, we suggest please contact your doctor before using neem oil on genitals. For lactating and pregnant mothers, it is best if they consult a medical practitioner before trying out home remedies.