Neem (Neemba in Sanskrit) has been used for millennia for its healing properties. It’s a natural herb from the neem tree, also known as Indian lilac. Ayurvedic practitioners use its fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots, and bark for a variety of ailments. The tree has recently been introduced to other parts of the world, particularly Africa and tropical America, where it continues to grow in popularity.
Benefits of Neem
Neem is best known as a general antiseptic used to soothe various skin diseases, infections, and burns. The leaves are often made into a poultice to help soothe boils, ulcers, and eczema, while the oil is used against scrofula and ringworm.
Some studies have shown neem helpful in treating body infections that have become immune to synthetic fungicides, such as:
- Trichophyton: an athlete's foot fungus that infects hair, skin, and nails
- Epidermophyton: a ringworm that invades both skin and nails of the feet
- Microsporum: a ringworm that invades hair, skin, and (rarely) nails
- Geotrichum: a yeast-like fungus that causes infections of the bronchi, lungs, and mucous membranes
Neem’s insecticidal properties also make it a popular mosquito repellent and treatment for head lice.
Ways to use neem leaves
- Skin: Create a paste of neem leaves and turmeric and apply it to mild skin problems. A paste made of just neem leaves should be applied to insect bits to help relieve itching and inflammation.
- Eyes: Do you have irritated, red, or tired eyes? Try boiling neem leaves. After the water cools, use it to wash your eyes.
- Hair: Dandruff is another skin condition that can be treated with neem. Boil neem leaves until the water is green. Once cool, the water can be used for rinsing your hair of shampoo.
Use additional parts of the neem tree
- Neem flower: Neem flowers are used in dishes such as Pachadi, flower rice, lentils and rasam. They are also often used as a garnish in other dishes.
- Neem oil: Extracted from neem seeds, neem oil is best known for its medicinal properties, often used in hair oil, soap, shampoo, and lotion. Use it as a mosquito repellent, or blend it with coconut oil to treat and sooth dry or irritated skin.
- Neem twigs: Neem is also used to promote tooth and gum health, and people often chew on it or use it as a type of toothbrush to maintain their oral health.
These are only some of the benefits of neem. For example, it can also be used to protect indoor plants from bugs. Chances are, you can use neem in a variety of ways in your home.
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National Research Council (US) Panel on Neem. "Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems." National Library of Medicine. 1992. Accessed 4/13/23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234637.
"Neem: The Most Cost-effective Herb with Innumerable Benefits." Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. Accessed 4/13/23. https://ayushnext.ayush.gov.in/detail/writeUps/neem-the-most-cost-effective-herb-with-innumerable-benefits.