In the world of Ayurveda, neem is a popular medicinal herb that’s been part of traditional remedies that date back almost 5000 years. Also known as Azadirachta Indica in English or ‘Neemba’ in Sanskrit, the neem tree is a really good example of how nature holds both the problem and the cure. Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions. Not only its leaves, but the tree’s seeds, roots and bark also contain important compounds that have many medicinal and beauty properties. The tree is supposed to denote ‘good health’ in our Ayurveda.
A traditional potent medicine, health benefits of neem leaves have been talked about for centuries now. It would be uncommon to not see a neem tree in any Indian home or neighborhood. Neem is best known for its anti-aging properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, neem protects the skin from harmful UV rays, pollution and other environmental factors. Neem is also beneficial in fighting against fungal infection. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties keep the harmful bacteria and fungi at bay. Thus, it protects the skin and keeps the skin related diseases away. Here are some health benefits of neem to be used in our daily lifestyles.
The topical application of neem oil may be helpful in the treatment of acne and other skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. In laboratory studies, a proprietary preparation of neem oil using solid lipid nanoparticle technology was found to have an antibacterial effect on acne-causing microbes. The study authors noted that the oil may be used successfully as a long-term acne treatment.
Early research suggests that applying neem leaf extract gel to the teeth and gums twice daily for 6 weeks might reduce plaque formation. It also might reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth that can cause plaque. However, using a mouth rinse containing neem extract for 2 weeks does not appear to reduce plaque or gingivitis. In addition, a study published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research in 1999 determined that the use of chewing sticks made with neem extract may help protect against the buildup of bacteria associated with cavity formation and periodontal disease.
Dandruff and Strong Hair
Anecdotal evidence suggests neem oil helps relieve dandruff, but the precise mechanism of action is unclear. Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, a fungal infection, contact dermatitis, or other skin conditions. Neem oil’s natural antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties may help treat the underlying cause of a flaking scalp and relieve symptoms. In laboratory studies, a terpene found in neem called nimbidin was found to inhibit the inflammatory response. This may account for its potential success in treating inflammatory skin conditions that cause dandruff. Neem also helps in strengthening hair quality and promotes growth of hair. Neem paste is also used as a hair conditioner. Due to its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, neem is an excellent way to curb dandruff. This makes hair follicles stronger, thus encouraging hair growth too. It provides the required nourishment and conditioning to the roots, making them stronger and shinier.
Neem can heal wounds without leaving any ugly scars. It also prevents septic infections. Neem is commonly used to heal wounds because of its antiseptic properties. Apply a little amount of neem oil onto the wounds and on scars, daily. Neem Oil contains the necessary fatty acids, which also promote wound healing and make your skin healthy.
Good for Bones
It’s not just milk which is essential for building strong bones. Neem leaves contain powerful calcium and mineral content in them which help build strong bones and reduce any inflammation. In traditional branches of medicine, neem leaves and neem oil is often prescribed to elderly patients to relieve arthritic pain and any stiffness or pain which comes with age. Regularly massaging the skin with neem oil also helps promote strong bone health.