Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Neem is an evergreen tropical tree that has an approximate height of between 50-130 feet tall. The tree is indigenous in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.
Every part of the tree, bark, leaves, seeds, roots fragrant flowers and roots. The tree has wide applications ranging from cooking, shampoos, religious ceremonies, lotions, as a natural pesticide and medicine. The medical uses of neem are expanding by the day. Currently in India there is a research going on about the plant’s cancer treatment. Traditionally, the leaves have been used as a blood cleanser because of their antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and antiparasitic properties. The leaves also treat many eye infections, stomach ulcers, diabetes, poor appetite, gum diseases, fever, liver disorders and arthritis. The leave also can be used as a birth control contraceptive because of its spermicidal qualities. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers must not use neem because it may lead to abortion and toxicity to the infants.
Oil from neem is known for its excellent moisturizing properties, rich in vitamin E, high fatty acids and emollients and soothes a dry skin. Neem contains very high levels of antioxidants that are helpful in your skin protection against environmental damage. The plant also has antioxidant carotenoids that assist in protecting your skin from free radicals that are age-promoting. Once you apply neem oil on your skin, it is absorbed easily and does not leave your skin greasy. Immediately it is absorbed, the powerful properties it owns help rejuvenate the cells of the skin and restore elasticity. When regularly used it helps smoothen the wrinkles thus prevents signs of aging. Vitamin E will help the skin restore its youthful glow and balance skin tone.
Treatment of Ringworm, Athletes Foot and nail fungus. Neem products are the most powerful anti-fungal extracts that can be found around. It helps treat common fungal infections, for example, nail fungus and ringworm. The neem leaves contain powerful anti-fungal agents capable of destroying fungi. Laboratory experiments have attested to this fat.
Neem Improves Acne Prone Skin
Neem is effective for a skin that is acne-prone because it aids in soothing irritation and inflammation, clears up all the pimples and removes bacteria from the skin surface that can lead to more breakouts. The tree contains a compound that is aspirin-like and is helpful with acne conditions by removing the skin causing bacteria. It also reduces inflammation and redness. The fatty-acid content in oil made of Neem prevents and treats scars that result from acne. It can also be used as a facial masque to jerk out impurities and help in tightening poles.
Soothe Eczema with Neem
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition whose characteristics include extremely irritable, red and itchy skin. Eczema can at its worst flare up the skin, become raw and cracked and can lead to secondary infections. Neem oil helps relieve eczema symptoms, but does not cure eczema root causes. But, by virtue of its ability to heal abrasions and reduce inflammation, it can be soothing to those people who are suffering from eczema.
The nimbin and nimbidin are anti-inflammatory compounds found in Neem Oil that help to relieve redness and swelling. Quercetin is another anti-inflammatory compound that supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation through inhibition of both the histamine manufacture and release. Emollients are recommended by dermatologists for eczema. These are substances that fill the cracks and gaps in the skin, restore the protective barrier and prevent moisture loss. Since neem is highly penetrative, it becomes extremely effective in healing damaged and dry skin.