There are plenty of choices when it comes to herbs that fight off various ailments and infections. Some demonstrate antifungal, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, or antiviral properties; but only one does it all. Azadirachta Indica, better known as the Neem Tree has been widely used for centuries in India and it is often referred to as nature’s pharmacy because of its wide array benefits harvested from the seed, root, bark, and leaves of the tree.
The oil of neem is found in many medicinal body care products such as toothpaste, shampoo, skin care, and soaps. Nearly 150 active ingredients have been identified in the oil and Neem is especially beneficial for those that have troubled skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and excema. Here are some of the ways Neem helps to improve the skin when applied topically:
- Itchy, broken, skin is prone to infections. Neem oil is very soothing and as mentioned before, Neem is a great antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic agent.
- Dry, cracked skin is difficult to heal. Neem oil softens and moisturizes at the same time to promote healing and reduce irritation.
- Thin, weak, skin easily tears and becomes infected. Neem naturally strengthens the skin and enhances our natural immunity.
Thanks to its abundance of active compounds such as Nimbidin, Gedunin, and Quercetin, and fatty acids like oleic acid, linoleic acid, Neem has many internal uses as well. Like its topical application, Neem can strengthen the immune system from the inside. Neem is also credited for improving the health and condition of those people suffering from diabetes, ulcers, herpes, heart disease, and hepatitis. Research has found that Neem has even has natural spermicidal properties and scientists are working on new contraceptives that utilize this herb.
The Environmental Protection Agency also endorses the use of Neem on food crops. The herb has been found non-toxic for birds, humans, and helpful insects, while keeping over two hundred types of unwanted pests at bay.
The various parts and versatile uses of the Neem tree earned it the Sanskrit name-“sarva roganavarini”, meaning the ‘curer of all ailments’. To learn more about India’s “perfect” tree please visit: http://www.neemfoundation.org.