Neem Oil: 5 Great Benefits You Must Know About!

Neem is a tree, native to India that’s been used extensively for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It’s considered a “wonder tree” since it possesses many active compounds giving it multiple antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and other healing properties. The biocidal and bioactive compounds of the neem tree are frequently used in cosmetics and this plant can also be used as an oil which offers a myriad of advantages. Curious? Then follow on for Neem Oil: 5 Great Benefits You Must Know About!

1. Antiparasitic

Neem contains a substance called azadirachtin, which can be shared by lice and parasites found on the skin. Neem works by interrupting the growth of these through cellular processes.

Likewise, neem can be used as a natural repellent against ticks, mosquitoes, fleas or insects. Being a non-toxic repellent, its efficacy as an insecticide has been known and used for centuries. Neem oil for plants is also well documented. You can use a neem oil spray to keep harmful organisms from your beautiful home and garden plants. 

2. Improves Oral & Dental Health

Knowing that many diseases related to the teeth and gums are related to inflammatory processes, this plant is helpful for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and stimulating properties of the immune system.

In addition, it is also said that its antimicrobial properties can help reduce bacteria’s tendency to multiply on the surface of the teeth. It’s no surprise that you can find toothpaste products containing neem in India!

3. Optimizes Liver & Kidney Function

The oxidative stress that our bodies can suffer from (due to the accumulation of certain harmful substances) can cause liver and kidney problems. Neem’s powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties come to the rescue once again and can help combat this.

4. Neem Oil for Skin Health

Thanks to the fatty acid content (oleic, stearic, palmitic, linoleic) that neem provides, it promotes healthy skin due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities. It is also used to reduce blemishes caused by acne and to help prevent it in the first instance.

5. Aids Wound Healing

Studies have shown that this plant can help accelerate the healing process through an improved inflammatory response and the formation of new blood vessels.

Neem can not only be found in an oil form of course, it’s also used in shampoos, soaps and other product infusions.

It should be noted that more studies on humans are needed to fully verify the full implications of neem’s unusual profile and how it can benefit people. In order to make best use of this oil, we recommend further research or consulting a specialist to find out how you can best avail yourself of its potent properties.

Have you used neem for any health issues before? What effects did you notice? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Maria Sanchez

María Sánchez from Spain, is a Dietitian and Nutritionist. She loves her career, being able to help and teach others, including sharing her knowledge and experience through the writing and publishing of nutrition articles. She believes that nutrition is a very important science in life, and that the correct type of diet can help prevent diseases for which we simply don't have effective cures. Her mission is to educate people on healthy eating to achieve optimum well-being.

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