The Neem tree has been used in India for some 4,500 years. The Neem fruit seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark were used for their medicinal properties. This tree grows fast and can reach 15 to 20 meters. It is evergreen and in severe drought may shed most of its leaves.
The Neem tree produces a smooth yellow-green fruit and has small white flowers. The entire Neem tree has some medicinal property. Over 135 pharmacological active substances have been identified in this plant. The oil, bark, leaf, flower and fruit as used as a treatment for fever, gastrointestinal disease, skin disorders, respiratory disease, parasites, immune dysfunction, inflammatory conditions, fungi and virus. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-pain relieving activity makes it useful against psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis and some fungi related conditions. Extracts of Neem bark is also used in toothpastes and mouthwashes against inflammation of the gums.
This is a list of some of the benefits.
Skin Care benefits:
- Neem relieves dry skin
- It soothes itchiness, redness and irritation
- It improves general skin health and immunity, combating bacterial infections such as acne, boils and ulcers.
Some of the Neem benefits are that it lets you avoid harsh chemicals and insecticides when treating condition such as:
- Head Lice and much more.
Neem oil is used as hair oil and it promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness, and prevents premature greying. Neem oil is good for the nails. Your nails will be strong and free of any fungus. The biggest benefit of Neem is that it is good for your general health.
Neem leaf is an essential ingredient in many Ayurvedic remedies. Neem stimulates the immune system, improves liver function, detoxifies the blood and generally promotes a healthy cumulative, respiratory and digestive system. It is famous for the treatment of malaria and diabetes. In the western world people mostly drink Neem tea or take Neem capsules to boost the immune system and to clean the blood.
Wash your dog with Neem shampoo and you will discourage biting insects, ticks and fleas as well as skin disorders and fungal infections. Neem benefits the immune system and overall health of your pet.
Neem for Gardeners and Farmers
Neem is a popular insect spray and one of the most valued benefits is in the garden. It is totally non-toxic to mammals, to birds, bees and even beneficial insects. Neem does not kill everything in your garden like other insecticides do.
Today you never know what has been sprayed on your fruit and vegetables. Neem protects your garden crops from chewing and sucking insects and from fungal diseases. The other benefit is that insects do not become resistant to Neem. Normal synthetic insecticides create resistant insects. The farmers need to spray more and more with nasty chemicals to keep insects in check. When you use Neem oil you don’t have that problem.
Neem the tree for stopping Global warming
Plant more Neem trees and this would lead to a healing chain reaction. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and help maintain the delicate balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Neem trees act as a very efficient, natural air filters trapping dust particles, absorbing gaseous pollutants. The planting of Neem trees help reduce greenhouse gasses through photosynthesis absorbing large quantities of CO2 and producing oxygen. Neem trees have to ability to withstand air and water pollution as well as heat. Neem restores and maintains soil fertility.