Benefits of Neem
Hi Guys! Today I am going to discuss the benefits of neem with you all.
I am going to consider all its major benefits, be it in form of pure leaves, oil, powder or anything else. Neem is a very powerful ingredient for the overall being of our skin, hair, and body. Thus, there are many surprising health and benefits of neem just like that of coconut oil. It has millions of uses and has been widely used since ancient times. From medicines to face washes, oils to powders, neem can be used in a lot of different ways.
These amazing benefits make neem a must to be added in one’s daily routine along with coconut oil. The Indian culture is full of the history of neem and its amazing uses. Neem was highly used by Ayurvedic practitioners for the treatment of a lot of ailments, diseases and disorders. They found it a blessing from God and some people even worshipped neem for its medicinal properties. (1)
Uses, Benefits and Properties of Neem:
If you want to know why you should use neem for the overall wellness of you and your family, here are a few properties and benefits to be named.
Detoxifies the Body and the Skin:
Neem was traditionally used to detoxify the blood. It has been proved to be an excellent detoxifier of the body and the skin. Its consumption eventually leads to getting rid of toxins. For the purpose of detoxification, it is used in the form of syrups, juices, masks and many more. (2)
Neem is also very good for boosting the immune system. For this purpose, it can be consumed in a lot of different ways such as juices, teas, boiled neem water, etc. It works very well in optimizing the body metabolism and boosting the immunity. (3)
Balances Blood Sugar Levels and Improves Liver Function:
The right dosage of neem is known to optimize insulin receptor functioning of the body, hence maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Due to its bitter taste, neem is very effective in balancing the blood sugar levels in the body. However, excessive consumption of neem can also cause low blood sugar. (4) It is also known to improve the functioning of the liver and keep a person fit and healthy.
Improves Overall Health of the Digestive System:
Not only the liver but neem also monitors the effective functioning of many other organs of the human body. It improves the digestion process and helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, cramping, inflammation, constipation, infections etc. (5)
Relieves Body Aches:
Neem also helps in giving relief from various aches in the body. It reduces pain and discomfort from the muscles and joints over regular usage. For this purpose, it can be used in the form of oil or a paste. (6)
Controls and Eliminates Pests:
This powerful herb is also a proven anthelmintic. (7) Hence, it is very useful in expelling or destroying parasitic worms, termites, pests etc. It is a promising natural alternative to synthetic pesticides. For this purpose, neem water is sprinkled on crops which protects them from damage.
Neem oil is known to be a highly effective mosquito repellant. It is a very natural and safe method to fight mosquitoes. If you cannot tolerate its odour on your body, you can also light neem oil as a diya/earthen lamp in your room and see the magic happen.
Fights Dandruff and Treats Scalp Infections:
This powerful herb also treats and prevents dandruff. It moisturizes the scalp and also treats various scalp infections very effectively.
Prevents Hair Fall and Promotes Hair Regrowth:
Neem also helps in strengthening the hair roots and strands. It prevents hair from falling out or breaking. It regulates blood flow at the scalp and makes the follicles active again.
Tames Hair Frizz:
Neem also tames down hair frizz and makes them appear healthy, shiny and conditioned. Thus, if you have dull, lifeless, frizzy and unmanageable hair, go for neem oil or neem hair mask and see the difference.
Prevents Hair Graying:
Women in the ancient times used to wash their hair with boiled neem leaves water to reap maximum benefits for hair health. Neem also prevents premature graying of hair.
Treats Hair Thinning and Bald Patches:
The benefits of neem are unending. Neem also treats hair thinning and bald patches. Thus, neem oil is a wonderful remedy for most of your hair problems.
Removes Split Ends:
Split ends can be caused by hair damage from the usage of heating tools or exposure to sun and harmful environmental pollutants. They can also be genetic. However, you can reduce, remove and prevents split ends easily by applying neem oil. It gently repairs hair strands with time and effectively removes split ends.
Neem also averts head lice as it repels them and keeps their eggs from attaching the hair without any side effects.
Eliminates, Prevents and Treats Skin Problems & Diseases:
Neem is known to be anthelmintic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral. (8) It is highly used to banish a lot of skin diseases and problems. It helps in the treatment of skin infection and allergies. Neem is used in different types for different skin problems such as skin eruptions, ulcers etc. You can also apply neem paste, neem oil or bathe with neem water for getting rid of fungal and other skin infections such as ring worms, athlete’s foot etc. (9)
Prevents and Treats Acne/Pimples:
Neem is also very useful in the prevention and treatment of acne and pimples. It is due to this reason that it is highly used as a key ingredient in various topical skin ointments, acne medications, face washes, masks and scrubs.
Skin Tone Correction:
Another benefit of neem is that it also helps in the treatment of dark spots, scars, uneven skin tone, sun tanning, hyper pigmentation etc. It lightens blemishes over time and makes the skin flawless from the inside as well as outside.
Anti Ageing and Sun Protection:
Neem also helps in making the skin look firm and more youthful. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles over regular usage. It also protects the skin against environmental pollutants and sun damage.
Prevents Blackheads and Whiteheads:
People who are very annoyed by the frequent occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads should try neem oil. It maintains the natural oil balance of the skin. Also, it allows blackheads to easily come off and prevents them from appearing again.
Neem is enriched with antiseptic properties, thus it is very effective in wound healing. It also relieves the skin from inflammation, sunburns, nicks, cuts, burns etc.
Relieves Body and Scalp Itch:
Due to its multiple properties, neem also gives relief to the scalp and body against itching.
Treats Dry Skin and Acts as a Natural Moisturiser:
Neem oil is an excellent natural moisturizer. Neem is a rich source of fatty acids and glycerides, thus, it prevents moisture loss from the skin and keeps it nourished and hydrated. (10)
Nourishes Dry and Chapped Lips:
Neem oil also nourishes chapped lips very efficiently. It is a wonderful remedy to treat dry or chapped lips at home without investing in a costly lip balm. Since it is very bitter, you can of course not tolerate it on your lips but there is an amazing method to solve your problem. Putting a few drops of neem oil in your belly button can heal flaky lips and impart long-lasting nourishment. (11)
Promotes Mental Health:
Neem is a proven sedative and has the ability to reduce excitability, nervousness, stress etc. It promotes mental health and keeps a person calm and stress-free. (12)
Improves Oral Health:
When there were no toothpastes like today, Neem and Meswak were two of the most commonly used herbs for the maintenance of oral health. It effectively removes bacteria inside the mouth, eliminating bad breath, maintaining good oral hygiene and treating periodontal diseases. (13)
One of the most amazing and highly preferred ways of using neem is to use it while taking a bath. It is very highly effective in the treatment of various skin issues such as acne, scalp infections, fungal/bacterial/yeast infections, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, boils etc. Some people add neem powder into their bucket/bathtub while others like to boil some fresh neem leaves in water and use it for taking a shower.
Since neem is more like a natural and effective medicine, people in the ancient times used it for the maintenance of eye health. They boiled neem leaves in water and once it came down to room temperature, they used to wash their eyes with it. This helped in the prevention of eye diseases and the treatment of minor eye infections. (14)
Eye Skin Care:
Since neem has the tendency to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it also reduces them near the eye area. It also evens out skin out and thus helps in eliminating dark circles and puffy eyes.
Softens Cuticles and Imparts Good Nail Care:
The regular application of neem paste or neem oil on the cuticles also helps in softening them. It has the power to heal cracked/damaged cuticles, preventing them from peeling off. Rubbing it into the cuticles also helps keeping germs at bay, and achieving healthier nail beds.
Neem is also used to treat itch, pests and other issues in pets and domestic animals. (15)
Overall, neem has a long list of amazing health and beauty benefits. However, you should always do your research before consuming it. Make sure to do a patch test if you are using it in any form on your body to make sure that you are not allergic to it. While consuming it, you should consult a doctor to know the right dosage.
Also, neem is a natural contraceptive, so if you are planning to get pregnant, consult a health professional before using it. (16) Additionally, if you are using it on an infant, first make sure to consult a pediatrician.
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