Neem, An Ayurvedic Wonder

neemWe’ve talked about tumeric, moringa, whey, arnica, honey and a few others. Now, let’s add neem to the list of products that can be extremely helpful for all kinds of health problems. Neem has been around since ancient times. It has been heavily used in India for such diseases as malaria, diabetes, leprosy and ulcers. In India the neem Tree has been labeled the Tree of Life. Like arnica and moringa, neem comes in various kinds of applications such as capsules, salves, a spray, soap, cream, and of course, the famous neem oil made from the seeds. Neem is an antiseptic so can be used as an infusion.

The seeds of the neem tree can be pressed producing a natural spermicide and fungicide. Other infections externally such as itching, fungus, eczema, and psoriasis can be treated with neem with excellent results. Neem oil is probably the best product available to treat psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammation of the skin causing thickened and inflamed lesions. Neem oil moisturizes and protects the skin along with treating the injuries.

Neem has been know to reduce tumors, prevent heart attacks, reduce cholesterol and prevent blood clotting. Neem can regulate blood pressure and regulate the heart beat. There have been outstanding results in treating periodontal disease. On top of all this neem can get rid of intestinal parasites and unwanted bacteria. Have some dandruff? Use neem to take care of it.

Neem has been approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for use in pest control in crops of food. It is not toxic to humans or animals so can make a great insect repellent without the toxicity of Deet. Here in Mexico I used to be able to go into any pharmacy and buy a natural repellent to use against mosquitoes made of citronella. I just tried to do this a few weeks ago…went into three pharmacies and all they had were the US products containing Deet. I do not want this on my skin so went to our local Soya de Guaymas and bought some oil of citronella in order to make my own. I had forgotten about Neem but I do have some on my shelf. I think neem is even better with no harmful effects.

The compounds of the seeds, bark and leaves have antiseptic uses, antiviral, anti-ulcer, anti-fungal and anti-ulcer properties. Diseases that are helped or eliminated with neem are diabetes, where insulin requirements have been reduced by 30% to 50% along with excellent benefits to the non-insulin person, herpes, dental disorders as mentioned above, allergies, fungi such as athlete’s food, and hepatitis B.

neem plantNeem is extremely effective in the treatment of acne, dandruff, and skin rashes. Neem extract provides protection and healing of gastric and the duodenal lesions of ulcers. Last but certainly not least, Neem has an ingredient in the leaves that is able to combat malaria. Fortunately, most of us live where malaria is not a problem. Neem is another wonder to add to our natural pharmacy.

Article edited from with permission from Jacqui

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