Do you know what neem is and the health benefits of neem?
I came across neem as I look for other amazing plants that can improve our health. Neem is also called as Azadirachta indica, nimtree, and Indian lilac.
It is more popular and commonly grown in semi-tropical regions like Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
Here are some of the best health benefits of Neem.
1. Neem Has Antibacterial Properties
Published research recognizes neem to have strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
To take advantage of this, you can either use neem internally like drinking neem tea or externally like applying neem leaves or neem oil to a part of your body.
2. Helps Control Dandruff
Neem can help keep your scalp hydrated thus reduce the chances of having dandruff.
Its antioxidant content also improves the health of your hair follicles and strengthens your hair.
Neem is traditionally used to stimulate hair growth and prevent alopecia.
3. Neem Treats Head Lice
If you know someone who is having issues with head lice. You may want to try a natural remedy like using neem oil.
Neem oil is able to kill head lice.
You just need to crush the neem leaves and use the juice to wash your hair.
4. Helps You Lose Weight
If you’re looking to lose weight just like me, you may also want to consume neem.
It seems that consuming neem flowers can help increase your metabolism and break down body fat.
You can crush neem flowers and combine it with honey and lemon juice. This should be a good concoction to lose weight.
5. Neem Aids In Detoxifying Your Body
There is research published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics that suggests that neem is able to stimulate your liver to remove toxins faster.
Using neem paste on your skin can help remove unwanted chemicals, pathogens, germs, and microbes that can cause irritations and some illnesses.
6. Fights Acne
There are many ways how neem can help you fight your acne problems.
- It has a high content of vitamin E and fatty acids that can help.
- The antibacterial properties of neem help in the prevention of future acne breakouts.
- Antioxidants in neem help in reducing scars and keeping your skin looking fresh.
Besides acne, here are some other skin problems that you can use neem leaves to help you remedy them:
- Dry skin.
- Skin pigmentation.
Neem can also act as a natural skin moisturizing agent.
7. Neem Has Antifungal Properties
I’ve mentioned this earlier that neem has antifungal properties.
Neem contains gedunin and nimbidol which are compounds that help kill the fungus.
You can use neem powder or neem oil and apply it to an affected part of your body. For example, using it on conditions like athlete’s foot.
You can also try and use neem to other fungal infections.
8. Enhances Gastric Health
Consuming neem regularly has been seen to help reduce the inflammations in your gastrointestinal tract.
In effect, this reduces the risk of having ulcers and other intestinal problems like bloating, constipation, and cramping.
9. Neem Has Anti-inflammatory Properties
If you’re experiencing arthritis attacks like me, you may also like to consume neem.
You can apply neem oil or neem paste to the affected joint to reduce the pain and inflammation.
10. May Reduce Cancer Risk
Research by Mohammad Alzhohairy shows neem to contain flavonoids that aids in the reduction of inflammatory conditions, in turn, may be able to reduce the risk of having cancer.
However, more research still needs to be done especially when it comes to fighting cancer.
11. Neem May Control Diabetes
An animal study has shown a relationship between a lower demand for insulin and the consumption of neem.
Neem seems to be able to optimize your insulin receptor function that makes your body receive the normal amount of insulin.
Given that the study was only done with animals, more research is still needed to know if it’s also effective to us humans.
12. Is Good For Oral Health
Because of neems antibacterial properties, neem is also used as a mouthwash.
It can help kill bacteria in your gums that cause bad breath or halitosis.
13. Neem Is A Mosquito Repellant
Do you regularly use mosquito repellant lotions? Why not try to do the same naturally?
You can mix neem oil and coconut oil together and apply the mixture on your skin to prevent mosquitos from biting you.
Speaking of coconut oil, I have this article that talks about coconut oil health benefits that you can check.
14. Improves Blood Circulation
Neem leaves seem to dilate the blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
It’s also known to control high blood pressure.
15. Neem Packs A Lot Of Nutrients
Neem tree contains different nutrients that you can benefit from.
Some of these nutrients are boron, carbon, chlorine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and more.
Besides what I’ve listed above, neem contains flavonoid, triterpenoid, and glycosides.
Yup, I found another exciting and amazing plant or herb that may be able to help me with my arthritis issue. And this is my top neem health benefit pick on my list.
What is yours?
It may be hard to find the actual neem plant in your area, but I think it’s becoming popular now and there are plenty of neem supplements sold online. I’ll probably do the same and take neem supplements.
Using neem oils and paste will also be good for me as I can apply it to my joints.
Like any other thing that may affect your health, you should always seek the advice of your doctor or medical professional. They can better explain why you can benefit from neem or why you shouldn’t consume it.
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