The Magic Herb : 10 Benefits and Uses of Neem

The Magic Herb : 10 Benefits and Uses of Neem

Teeth, Skin, hair, gut… wait- are we naming the parts of the Human body? Much more! We are naming all the parts of the body that the magical Neem herb can cure or is good for. Multipurpose ain’t it? Apart from being a tree that can grow really tall, and can stay green forever, Neem has been an essential part of life, health, and culture in both India and Asia. The neem tree (Azadirachta Indica) is one of nature’s most versatile plants, and is best known for its highly effective insecticidal oil. However, as every part of the tree is used in different ways, there’s a lot to discover about this fascinating species. As you wonder in amazement, let us take a gander through the various benefits of this miraculous herb.

1. The wound healer

Wounds do take a while to heal, but not if covered with the amazingly fine neem paste. Thanks to the anti-bacterial properties of this wonder herb, it fights infections caused by wounds at lightning speed!

2. Bye Bye Dandruff and Lice!

After boiling a bunch of neem leaves till the water turns green, allow it to cool. After washing your hair with shampoo, cleanse it with this water- and voilá, your white powdery scalp friend shall no more be visible! It also repels lice, and you may send your child fearlessly to school-not worrying that the desk partner may pass lice to them.

3. “Eye” “Eye” captain!

Rinsing your eyes with cold neem water after a long day of sitting in front of the computer, helps reducing eye infections, redness and sores.

4. Hit that Zit

Grind a few neem leaves, make a paste and apply it daily till the acne dries out. The paste also helps any kind of eruptions and dark spots.

5. Ear Here

Blending some neem leaves and adding some honey to it, can work as a magical potion to cure any ear boils.

6. Immunity Booster

Crushing some neem leaves and gulping them with a glass of water to increases one’s immunity leaps and bounds.

7. The major Skin medic

Turmeric combined with a paste of neem leaves can be lethal to itching, eczema, ring worms and even leprosy!

8. Tooth and ‘Neem’ effect

Remember the good old days when people would constantly chew a neem stick ? They were not doing it for no rhyme or reason! Right from fighting plaque, to promoting stronger teeth growth, Neem bark also fights Gingivitis (gum infection).

9. The natural contraceptive

Although not scientifically proven, reports suggest that Neem juice is not to be consumed when pregnant, and on the other hand, if one wants to avoid pregnancy, this could be a suitable elixir.

10. The gut feeling

Again, thanks to the anti-bacterial properties of this herb, it can fight stomach and intestine ulcers as well as Malaria. It is also extremely useful to diabetics in lowering the sugar level, thanks to its’ bitterness.

As the saying goes- to many pros come a few cons. There are a few possible side effects of the herb.

While doses of up to 60 milligrams (mg) daily for up to 10 weeks have been safely used in human research, little is known about the safety of long-term use of neem supplements.

Since neem may increase activity in the immune system, it’s crucial for people with autoimmune disorders such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, to take caution while using neem. People who are taking immune suppressants should not take neem unless under doctor supervision.

In addition, people taking diabetes medication should consult their physician prior to using neem. Because neem may reduce blood sugar levels, using it in combination with diabetes medications may cause blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. Neem may have a negative interaction with lithium, altering the body’s ability to metabolize the drug and could lead to dangerous interactions.

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