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Neem & its Benefits

Neem Oil & its Benefits

Neem in Ayurveda is regarded as “sarva roga nivarini” since various parts of the tree are used to “treat a variety of ailments”, especially inflectional parasites, skin diseases, urinary infections, viral diseases, and contraceptive. Neem botanically known as Azadirachta indica has biologically active substituents present in neem leaves, fruits, and bark which proves it to be a valuable source of medicinal substances.

  • Margosa oil another name of neem oil is extracted from the fruits of the neem tree. Comprised of two major phytochemicals named Azadirachtin and triterpenoid which gives neem oil antifungal, antihistamine, antiseptic and antipyretic properties. These phytochemicals are major contributors to therapeutic and medicinal values of neem oil.
  • Other than sterols like beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol, pure neem oil is loaded with fatty acids and alkaloids.
  • Neem oil has regenerative properties and immune boosting compounds, which keeps skin smooth and fights wrinkles. According to scientists, neem oil has essential fatty acids, triglycerides, vitamin E, and calcium. Vitamin E and EFA’s enable neem oil to seep deep into skin thereby healing cracks caused by dryness and retaining moisture of the skin. The oil stimulates collagen production which makes skin look young and supple preventing the aging process.
  • Antiseptic properties of neem are found due to compounds like Nimbidin and Nimbin which controls redness and swelling to help retain skin moisture.
  • Neem is a non-comedogenic agent which helps in removing skin impurities and tightening of pores.
  • This sacred oil can prevent ringworms, athlete’s foot, nail fungus due to the presence of compounds like gedunin and nimbidol.
  • Neem seed oil slows down the production of melanin, the skin coloring agent, which if secreted in higher amounts causes pigmentation.
  • Neem oil has antifungal properties which soothe ringworm, warts, cold sores, herpes, and moles.  Its antihistamine properties relieve urticaria (hives) which appear as patch red bumps on the skin due to allergic reactions.
  • Neem oil promotes hair growth by removing split ends and treating frizzy hair.
  • The insecticidal, antibacterial, antifungal, soothing and moisturizing properties mentioned above makes neem oil soap a promising soap bar.
  • Gingivitis is a gum inflammation which usually precedes a gum disease called periodontitis. Neem oil effectively treats bleeding gums, toothache or foul breath due to its antiseptic properties.
  • The analgesic benefits of neem oil relieve all kinds of gastrointestinal issues and ulcers.
  • Neem seed oil works as a contraceptive both before and after sex though, as a preventative, some purified extracts only worked before sex.  
  • Neem prevents mosquito breeding by repelling them with its odor and effect in mosquito infected areas. The active ingredients of oil not only interrupts the life cycle of insects but also constrains its growth. Neem tree oil has a predominant place in aromatherapy products to reduce stress and restore mental wellness.
  • Neem oil is an exceptional repellent for common garden bugs like locusts beetles, mites, nematodes, ants, cockroaches too.
  • The healing properties of neem reduce inflammation and soothe small cuts and bruises.
  • The antibacterial properties of neem ensure not only destroying of the virus but also preventing a relapse. It is a trusted cure for people who suffer from small pox, chicken pox, herpes and hepatitis B viruses. Neem has immune boosting properties which helps in shielding the body from the action of antibodies making it an anti-cancer agent.
  • That said, dye prepared from the bark is used for coloring fine textured fabric and making a deep color of various textiles.
  • The extractives present makes the timber resistant to attack by insects, ants, and other borer insects. Hence, the wood is used for carving various images of gods, toys, wooden bases as frames, panels, boards, and other agricultural implements.
  • Amber colored gum exudated from the bark is used as a stimulant in medicine.
  • Oil cake is fed to the cattle to increase the milk.  Tender neem leaves can be consumed as curries.
  • Neem is resistant to gaseous pollutants and is tolerant of Sulphur dioxide and drought and acts as an indicator of dust and smoke pollutants, reduces soil erosion and purifies the air.

Be it skin, hair, chronic or viral diseases, stress, valuable agricultural pesticides or overall wellness, neem tree oil is magical. It has valuable medicinal and economic benefits and in fact, every part of the tree finds use in one way or the other.

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