Friday, April 20, 2012

Neem–An Old Herb For Modern Health

Neem, a tree native to Southeast Asia and India is known as the village pharmacy for it’s varied uses and purposes. Neem has been used as medicinal herb for nearly 5,000 years. Neem leaf and bark can be used for internal supplementation, such as immune support and it’s oil is used topically.

It has high levels of antioxidants and rich in fatty acids that aid in nourishing and balancing skin problems.

Topically, Neem oil is considered cooling, soothing and astringent. It can be used on itchy, flaky skin.

Neem Leaf and Bark benefits:

  • Blood Purifier
  • Enhances Immune System
  • Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
  • And More

Other uses…

  • Neem is known as the toothbrush tree and can be used in dental care
  • Natural, non-toxic pesticide
  • Some studies show Neem to repel fleas and head lice

I’m really excited to learn and use about this herb! I’ve been using Neem Oil for a few days now. I have horrible scalp issues that I’ve tried various natural remedies on, and I’m curious to see how it pans out in the long run. My initial impression of Neem is positive so far. I’ve put a few drops of oil on my scalp. It does calm the itching and flaking. It works better when I add it as needed or at least a few times a day. The smell of raw Neem oil is fascinating! It has a soft garlic smell to it, leaning more towards nutty. I love the smell of it! Although I do see how some may not appreciate the smell as much. Neem oil is supposed to be used topically, but I happened to taste the oil when I put a dab my lips to soothe them. It’s very bitter and distasteful, definitely not something that should be consumed.

Now Neem has roots in Ayurvedic teaching. Ayurveda is a wholistic system of  medicine from India based on a constitutional model. I’m not familiar with Ayurveda, nor do I ascribe to it’s principles and teachings. I’m all about what works, and what works and what works as naturally and wholesomely as possible.

Breast feeding and pregnant moms are NOT encouraged to take Neem Leaf or Bark supplements internally. Organix South encourages anybody, men or women, not to use Neem leaf or bark extract internally if they are trying to conceive.

You  can read more about Neem here:

http://organixsouth.com/info/index.php/theraneem/articles-and-factoids/neem-a-centuries-old-remedy-for-problem-skin-hair/

Disclaimer: This post is designed to inform and not diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. All statements made here have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Readers are encouraged to seek medical advice from relevant and appropriate professionals.

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