sacred Neem tree is a native of Burma and India where it has always
been honored as a health provider for humans, animals and plants.
Every part of this sacred tree is used in some form on a daily
basis in India. Neem translates into 'the healer and illness reliever'.The
botanical name for Neem is 'Azadirachta Indica A Juss'
scientific research validates the traditional uses of neem in
both the maintenance of general health and skin care. Neem is
clinically proven to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,
anti-parasitic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Neem has been
proven effective against serious skin conditions like eczema,
psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, herpes, shingles and many more. Neem
has been shown to regulate the immune system, lower blood sugars,
reduce fevers, fight gum disease, and act as a tonic for the heart.
Despised by over 200 species of insects it is a safe and effective
insecticide and bug repellent which is harmless to humans.
neem has been used historically to treat bacterial, fungal, and
viral infections, and to boost the immune system. Widely available
in India, neem products until recently were virtually absent from
the Western market, where the scientific validation gives them
a competitive edge over many less proven products.
reports of neem date back to the Middle Ages. Accounts of neem's
successful use in treating skin lesions and a variety of ailments
come from around the world. On the Indian sub-continent researchers
have found more than 60 medicinal uses for neem. Today, modern
science validates many of these traditional uses for a variety
of health problems. Scientific research on the therapeutic benefits
of neem continues unabated all over the world. Refer to our traditional
uses pages for further reading about the many properties of neem
and its ongoing research.
Neem kills the bacteria that cause acne and reduces the inflammation
that makes it so noticeable. Neem-based creams have even improved
the appearance of people who have reddened skin from acne that
ended years before. Apply a neem-based cream to moisturize and
condition the skin....MORE
As with other forms of dermatitis, neem is the herb of choice
for controlling dandruff. Usually associated with imbalance in
hormones, infections, or diets rich in fats and sweets. Internally,
neem compounds counteract excessive sweets and seem to provide
balance to hormones (Puri, 1993)....MORE
treat dandruff, apply a neem-based cream to the scalp shortly
before bathing. This will loosen the scaly flakes and soften the
scalp. After washing, apply a very small amount of neem cream
to the scalp and towel dry the hair to remove any excess. Taking
neem leaf tea, or using neem leaf capsules after an especially
fatty or sugary meal will also help balance the body which can
help prevent dandruff....More
skin and Neem
For mildly dry skin apply a neem lotion as a moisturizer. For
severe dry skin, after washing, apply neem cream and repeat several
times daily until the skin has recovered its natural balance....More
scalp and Neem
Itchy scalps can be caused by any number of things, ranging from
allergies and dandruff to mites. Washing the scalp with a neem
shampoo and applying a small amount of neem lotion to the scalp
afterwards will relieve each of these problems.....More
ulcers and Neem
Skin ulcers should be washed daily and covered with a neem lotion.
For individual ulcers, apply neem leaf extract or damp whole leaves
to the skin ulcer and cover with a gauze bandage overnight or
until it is healed. Replace the bandage and extract daily. Drink
two neem leaf teas daily for three days in severe cases....More
Neem oil is probably the best product currently available for
treating psoriasis. It moisturizes and protects the skin while
it helps heal the lesions, scaling and irritation. Experiments
and reports from patients with psoriasis have shown taking neem
leaf orally combined with topical treatment with neem seed oil
appear to be at least as effective as coal tar and cortisone in
treating psoriasis. (David, 1978)
soothe the skin you can add twenty neem leaves to the tub before
turning on the hot water and soak in the neem filled water. After
patting dry, apply a neem-based cream to the troubled areas. To
enhance the effectiveness, oral doses of neem leaf work internally
to produces quicker results than topical creams alone.
applications of neem are usually oil or cream based, neem helps
to lubricate the skin. Neem's antibacterial and anti-viral compounds
help prevent infections. It also can be used for extended periods
of time without side effects. Neem can also take the place of
oral medications and injections that may have strong side effects
or cause liver damage or birth defects. It is perhaps the best
and safest alternative for treating psoriasis....MORE
Neem inhibits allergic reactions when applied externally or consumed
internally (David, 1978). Neem compounds inhibit the stimulus
produced by histamine and may be helpful in skin rashes and bronchial
allergy. Application of a neem-based cream or lotion will stop
the itching and inflammation of rashes and neem tea may be taken
internally for allergies to pollen, molds, etc....MORE
applications of a neem-based cream should be applied to the affected
area at least three times a day or as often as needed. For severe
cases drink neem leaf tea after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Discontinue
the tea after not more than two weeks but continue the topical application
until the problem has been alleviated
Believed to be caused by the same virus that causes Chickenpox,
shingles works on the nerve endings, creating a painful burning
sensation. Neem's ability to surround viruses and prevent them
from entering and infecting cells makes neem one of the only agents
capable of relieving shingles (Rao, et al, 1969)
Screening Azadirachta indica and Pisumsativum for possible antimalarial
activities. Author: Abatan MO; Makinde MJ
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leaves of margosa tree (Melia azadirachta) on vaccinia and variola
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