Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a type of tree used for medicinal purposes, mainly in Ayurvedic medicine. Neem is native to India and is both ingested and used as a topical treatment for a number of conditions and ailments and has become increasingly popular around the world.
Neem oil is produced from the leaves of the plant and can be used on its own or added to herbal remedies or even health and beauty products. The leaves are distilled to extract the oil while keeping its key nutrients intact. You can find neem nowadays in everything from toothpaste and mouthwash to shaving cream. So, why is neem so popular?
The compounds within neem that are credited with its beneficial properties are called triterpenoids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal actions that can support health in a number of ways.
As an anti-inflammatory, neem can help reduce pain, swelling and discomfort. It can be applied topically to minor injuries like scrapes or bruises to encourage healing. Neem supports the bodys inflammatory response, which is triggered by injury, allergens or other toxins, making sure it reacts properly.
With its ability to fight viruses, fungi and bacteria, neem is beneficial for treating infections and can help prevent infections in injuries. Neem also supports a strong immune system, thanks to these properties, as well as the plentiful antioxidants within this plant. Antioxidants are needed to fight off free radicals, which cause oxidative stress and damage to the cells of the body. This stress leads to physical signs of aging (like wrinkles or thin, sagging skin) and can even cause illness.
All of these reasons make neem especially useful when it comes to the health of your skin and your entire mouth. By killing bacteria, fungi and viruses, you can prevent infection of the gums, or gingivitis. When included in dental care products, neem helps inhibit the formation of plaque and germs that can lead to this condition and cause bad breath. Use neem dental products twice daily for these benefits.
Among neems other uses are natural bug spray, liver supporter for proper detoxification and digestive aid, helping the body break down the food consumed to extract nutrients and expel waste properly.
With so many ways to use neem, and so many healthful benefits, this herb is sure to become a favorite in your home. As previously stated, you can find the oil in its pure form, bottled, mixed into health and beauty products like toothpaste or soap or as a supplement in capsule or tablet form.