Never heard of “neem?” Well it’s time you had – especially if you want to improve your health.
You see, the neem, a tree native to India, produces amazing, health-boosting leaves that can treat ailments, aid in weight loss and benefit your body in dozens of other ways.
It’s pretty amazing stuff.
And the best part? It has no side effects at all. When you compare that to other medications, supplements and treatments (or even other plant foods), that’s a pretty amazing benefit all in itself.
Want to give this amazing natural treatment a try? Let’s learn more about neem now.
What is Neem?
Neem goes by many names: margosa, Azadirachta indica and Indian lilac are just a few. It is a flowering tree in the mahogany family, and it’s been used for centuries as a homeopathic, natural form of medicine in the Indian and Middle Easter cultures.
Each plant contains more than 140 compounds, and every part of the tree can be used, including the roots, bark, gum, fruit, leaves, twigs, seeds and seed oil. The plant itself boasts antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, analgesic, antimicrobial and spermicidal properties. Sometimes, the tree is even used in food, personal care products or in Hindu rituals and ceremonies.
You’ll typically find the neem tree growing in India, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries in the region.
What Can Neem Be Used for?
Neem is used for so many things – especially in Indian culture. In rural areas, many people even use neem twigs as toothbrushs, chewing on them to prevent gum disease and oral infection. They also use it in natural toothpastes, as it can strengthen teeth, whiten them and prevent gum and tooth decay.
In nature, neem acts as a natural germicide and pesticide, warding off more than 500 species of crop-destroying insects in the region. The neem leaf can also protect your body in the same way. Its antimicrobial properties allow it to prevent viruses, fungi, infections and more.
If you’re getting anxious about your wrinkles or other signs of aging, neem can help you there, too. In fact, the oil extracted from neem trees is actually known to reduce lines and wrinkles. It actually created additional collagen in the skin, making it look tighter, tauter and young. It can even treat skin conditions like rashes, pimples, psoriasis and eczema.
Neem can also:
- Help with healing – Neem activates collagen fibers, which can help your skin better heal after a wound or cut. It can also treat sores, scratches and skin infections as well.
- Relieve joint pain – Neem oil – especially when added to a warm bath – can actually relieve joint pain. It can also strengthen your bones, relax your muscles and more.
- Treat dandruff – A paste of neem leaves can treat dandruff, when applied to the scalp. It can also prevent greying of the hair, stop hair loss and treat lice.
- Relieve stress – Neem can also relieve stress. It has a calming effect that can ward off anxiety and provide instant relaxation. This is especially effective in tea form.
- Improve blood circulation – Neem tea promotes the creation of healthy blood cells, which can improve overall circulation in the body.
- Lower blood sugar levels – This is a great benefit for anyone who suffers from diabetes, and it can help you lose weight, but staving off unwanted sugar cravings that could lead to overeating.
- Prevent hemorrhoids – Neem can also prevent hemorrhoids. Just make sure to blend the seeds into warm water, and drink on an empty stomach daily.
- Alleviate inflammation – Neem has properties that allow it to reduce inflammation, which can help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Purify the blood – Neem can be a very powerful detoxifier – especially for the blood. It can flush out toxins from the bloodstream, and help it better carry oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body and tissues.
- Prevent intestinal worms – Thanks to its anti-parasitic properties, neem can both prevent and cure intestinal worms. It even removes the toxins that the parasites leave behind when they die off.
The benefits of neem are undeniable. Whether you want to lose weight, fight off inflammation, find pain relief or just treat a skin rash, neem can help you in more ways than one.
There are many ways to use neem. Its leaves and flowers can be boiled and steeped into a tea, it can be ground up into paste, or oil can be extracted from its seeds.
If you’re interested in using neem, your best bet is to head to your local health food store, and check the vitamins and supplements section. You can also find neem online, but make sure it’s from a quality vendor first. And as always, check with your doctor before adding neem to your daily routine. You want to make sure it won’t interact with any existing health conditions or medications you may have.
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