What is Neem and How to Use It
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a natural herb that grow mostly in the tropical regions. It is naturally occurring antiseptic, antioxidant, and immune boosting herb.
Benefits of Neem Leaf
- Immunity: Used as a tea or supplement to boost immunity and detoxification.
- Skincare: Neem leaves’ anti-septic properties that can be used to treat acne, fungal infections.
- Insecticide: Neem oil is a great mosquito and insect repellent.
- Digestive: It prevents gastrointestinal diseases.
- Oral health: Neem’s stems are used as a toothbrush to fight gum infection.
- Balance and Restoration: It has cooling effect on the body and hence reduce skin blemishes.
- Purifying the blood: Neem helps in purifying and cleansing the blood.
- Chemo preventive effects: A study supports the benefits of neem for prevention of cancer. “Practitioners of the Indian Ayurveda medicine system have been preparing neem in oral doses for malarial patients for centuries. (NHI)”
How to Use Neem
- Oil: The oil form of neem as an essential oil is used to spray on plants to protect them against insects and mosquitoes.
- Tea: Neem can be consumed by boiling neem leaves in hot water.
- Face-wash: Neem oil can be added to your face wash.
- Chew sticks: Neem sticks are used as a toothbrush in Ayurvedic medicine which fights gum diseases.
- Leaf powder: Neem leaf powder is used as a blood cleanser and detoxification agent.
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-Written by Sushmita Majumda