Benefits of Neem:
Known as the “Queen of the Skin,” Neem’s contribution in topical and internal support for skincare is one of Neem’s greatest glories. The calming, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties pacifies heat, redness, itchiness and all skin diseases. Apply a neem paste topically for skin diseases (see recipe below).
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal composition makes it a valuable first-aid tool not only to clean and disinfect wounds but also heal them. Keep a bottle of neem oil handy while camping.
Massaging neem oil into a scalp full of lice, or your dog with flees - then washing it off after 50 minutes is one of my favourite remedies.
Lice and fleas aren’t the only pests that Neem repels. Keeping a bunch of neem leaves at the entry of a home is common in India to keep mosquitos out and purify the atmosphere.
This may be new news to you, but most trees emit oxygen only in the day while at night they solely emit C02. There are only a handful of trees that emit oxygen 24/7. Neem is one of them.
Neem with a high chlorophyll content and an action that kills bad bacteria makes Neem an awesome pro-biotic. Neem also balances acidity.
High chlorophyll also gets rid of foul odours such as bad breath and is commonly used in toothpastes and neem twigs themselves are used as toothbrushes.
Boil neem leaves/powder + triphala, reduce the water and use as an eye wash in eye diseases such as irritated eyes and conjunctivitis.
Neem also is an effective blood and liver purifier, it helps reduce fever , diabetes and poisoning.
Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent
Qualities (Guna): Light, Dry
How to Make a Neem Paste (Topical Skin Application)
- Harvest neem leaves. If this is unavailable dry neem leaves or neem powder will do.
- Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder.
- Add 1 tea-spoon of salt – for excess fat (meda dhatu) or sluggish lymph.
- Mix this with 3/4 cup of yoghurt. Mix well then apply on body.
Growing a neem tree in Sydney is challenging, but it's coming up slowly.