April 7, 2013
A better question might be, what isn’t good for. It is known as the plant with over 1001 uses.
Over 75% of Ayurvedic (India) remedies contain neem, usually in form of leaf (or extract), sometimes the bark/fruit/flowers, and oil.
In thousands of years of traditional medicinal use, and tens of years of scientific studies, fresh or dried neem leaves have never hurt anyone or anything.
Neem seed oil is also an ingredient in many skin care products. In India most of the neem oil is used in neem soap, but there are also neem shampoos, lotions, creams etc.
Besides that the oil is valued for its huge range of medicinal uses. The seed kernels contain the highest concentration of active substances in the neem plant. Pressing them for oil is one way to get at them, but you can also make various extracts from the seeds.
The leaves of the neem plant are the most versatile and most easily available resource. They do contain the same active ingredients as the seeds, just in much lower concentration.
Many herbalists recommend chewing the leaves, taking capsules of dried leaf, or drinking the bitter tea. The leaves cleanse the blood, help the gastrointestinal system (ulcers!), support the liver, and strengthen the immune system, to name just some of the most popular benefits.
The topical use of neem leaf extracts and leaf paste is safe. Skin care and the treatment of skin disorders is where the neem plant really shines.
Neem oil is used on humans, on animals, and on plants, for a huge range of different problems and diseases. These are not just folk tales. Neem is the most heavily researched herbal remedy in India.
Scientists have identified over 150 active substances in neem, and many of those proved to be as effective in laboratory studies as the folklore claimed they would be.
The biggest benefit of neem oil and neem leaf is that they are good for your general health, the condition of your skin and body, and your immune system. So whether you use them to fight some skin condition, or just to prevent any skin related problems in the first place, you are doing yourself something good.
The range of diseases that has been traditionally treated with neem, or where research is being done, is huge:
AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, duodenal ulcers, kidney disorders, fungal infections, yeast infections, STDs, all kinds of skin disorders, periodontal disease, mononucleosis, blood disorders, heart diseases, nerve disorders, allergies… and the list goes on.
Wash your dog with neem soap or a neem shampoo, and you’ll discourage biting insects, ticks and fleas, ringworm, mange mites, any skin disorders or fungal infections…
Neem is just as fanatastic for the skin and hair of your pets as it is for yourself. Again, you avoid nasty chemicals and harmful medications. They only increase stress for the immune system rather than helping it, whereas neem benefits the immune system and overall health of your pet.
It isn’t possible to discuss Neem in our limited space. I would recommend you find more complete information on the Internet.
This article compliments of Linda Clark, Alternative Health Products, 5075 Main St. Suite B1, Springhill, Tn 615-302-0590
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