The neem tree is also known as the “tree of the 40” in East Africa (for its ability to treat 40 different diseases). Neem trees that produce neem leaf and neem oil is native to tropical and semi-tropical regions of the Asian subcontinent. Neem oil has been widely used in ancient and modern Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, all parts of this amazing tree have anti-infection properties and most people use the neem oil that the tree produces. From relieving dry and chapped skin, treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, bacterial infections (without promoting bacteria resistance like antibiodics do), boils, ulcers, insect repellant and head lice, this amazing natural oil soothes and heals, problems with people and animals. Some may even call it a miracle oil. Because of its immune boosting capabilities and the abundance of trees in the world, people can buy neem oil in most health food/supply stores now.
Neem oil can be light or dark yellow, depending on how it was harvested. The aroma is very strong, sort of nutty in flavor, but is not used as a cooking oil. People use it as a topical ointment in the mouth, however, on gums or teeth that are inflamed and the oil will soothe and treat the infected area.
Love to go camping, hiking, traveling to tropical vacation spots or live in Florida? Use neem oil as a natural and chemical free insecticide. Misquotes hate the scent and you can feel good about using it on your children. Not only does it safely repel biting insects, it soothes and hydrates dry and cracked skin as well.
Too much vacationing or working in the sun? Neem oil used on the hair and scalp not only promotes healthy, shiny hair, it prevents premature graying, combats dryness and may even prevent hair loss (as current research speculates). Used as a conditioner for the nail beds, neem oil is a great for people with brittle nails or nail fungus, too!
But perhaps the most beneficial of all, is that neem oil and the neem leaf is so amazing for the overall general health. For the entire and whole condition of the skin, body, and immune system. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, blood-purifying and spermicidal!
Ongoing and current research shows promising and positive declarations of cessation in: 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, and allergies. (Source: DiscoverNeem.com)
Below is a list of the many benefits of neem oil.
“✔ The active compounds found in its extracts and finished products are used to prepare not only traditional medicines, but also modern ones.
✔ It is extremely beneficial for those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, etc.
✔ Its astringent properties promote wound healing of minor cuts, bruises and gashes. Probably the reason you will find many ointments carry neem oil as its primary component.
✔ Application of neem oil combined with a carrier oil helps to treat hair-related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp.
✔ Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes, and rinses contain neem oil as it has antiseptic properties which keep teeth and gums healthy, and free of infection.
✔ Neem oil also strengthens an individual’s resistance to disease by boosting the immune system.
✔ It is used in preparing medicines that treat diabetes, arthritis, blood disorders, digestive problems.
✔ The oil inhibits the growth of free radicals that are responsible for the development of certain kinds of cancer.
✔ Neem oil is also incorporated in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants, and personal hygiene products.
✔ Many skin care products including cosmetics use neem essential oil. It is extremely popular in almost all products of aromatherapy, that help restore mental health.
✔ One will find an array of neem oil products used as pesticides, fungicides, and germicides for clearing plant pest and infections. Its active ingredients inhibit the growth of insects by interrupting their life cycle.
✔ It is also useful for treating minor infections in animals.”
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