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Neem Benefits and Products

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Long used in Ayurvedic medicinals, neem is an herb that is gaining recognition in the Western world, and no wonder. The broad range of neem benefits are why ancients dubbed it the “healer of all ailments.”

Neem, which comes from the neem tree native to India, is discussed in Ayurveda books dating more than four thousand five hundred years back for its health-giving qualities. For all this time, Indians and other Asians have used neem to combat conditions as diverse as hair loss and dental care to ringworm and malaria.

And today, scientific studies are backing up what the ancients knew about this amazing herb: it works and it’s safe.

Neem Benefits

All of the neem tree, azadirachta indica, is used to make natural remedies. It contains a multitude of compounds that give neem its healing properties. Neem is antiviral, capable of fighting a broad spectrum of viruses. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It is an antiseptic and has pain- and fever-reducing abilities. It is an antiseptic and antihistamine. It is also chock full of antioxidants, with an ORAC value (a measure of rating antioxidants) that is seven and a half times higher than the ORAC value of blueberries. Antioxidants are helpful in preventing the type of damage that leads to degenerative diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more.

Neem boosts the immune system, purifies and cleanses the blood and body of toxins, promotes wellness, alleviate arthritis, treat psoriasis, eczema and acne, maintain healthy gums and teeth, aid in acid reflux, ulcers, sinusitis, gastritis and hair growth.

Neem Products

To benefit from neem, you can take supplements or use extracts made from neem leaf or neem bark. Neem powders and toothpastes keep gums and teeth healthy and strong. Neem soap helps keep skin clear and radiant. Neem oil is used externally. Oil can be used straight out of the bottle, as with neem hair oil on the scalp and hair, or added to your favorite skin care creams and lotions, or diluted with another natural oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. It can also be added to your shampoo and conditioner. Another neem benefit is its use as a bug repellant on yourself, your cat or dog, and even in your garden.

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