Written by Lou-Ann Jordan

The Plant that’s a One-stop Pharmacy

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Understated is one of the best words to describe the neem plant.

The neem tree is located in throughout the region. In recent times, it’s found its way into a variety of beauty products and insect repellents yet much more can be gained from the use of this plant.  In fact, its benefits are so varied that it can easily be called a one-stop pharmacy.

Let’s explore this amazing plant together, we guarantee you’re going to want to plant one in your backyard.  The best part is, not only does it grows quickly and is extremely resilient in harsh environments, it is primarily found in tropical countries.

Why would you want a neem tree?  Here are six reasons to activate your green thumb.

Reduces Dandruff

You might have heard the praises of neem’s dandruff reducing capabilities and doubted.  We understand your scepticism, but it’s true.  Neem possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that can be used to clean the scalp and eliminate dandruff.  Boil the leaves until the water turns green, and then leave to cool.  Rinsing your hair with this water aids in its strengthening.  It also improves hair follicle health.

Treats Acne

Neem is an all-encompassing acne treatment.  Acne results from grease and bacteria and neem is handy in eliminating these. Because of its antibacterial properties it also helps prevent future breakouts.  The antioxidants and astringent components found in neem work to lessen scarring, sagging, wrinkles and ageing. Crush leaves and make a paste to apply acne infected areas.

Skincare

A neem paste facial mask is perfect for exfoliating the face.  It will help to reduce pore size, while preventing the occurrence of blemishes and pimples.

Prevents fungal infections

Used as a paste or oil, the latter diluted, when applied topically helps in reducing fungal infections.  Applying to the affected area of the body, neem’s active organic ingredients have antifungal effects.

Maintains Dental Hygiene

The bark of the neem tree is as useful its leaves.  In India people chew on the bark of this wonder plant.  The bark contains properties that help decrease plaque, and treat swollen gums.  Did we mention it’s also a natural teeth whitener?

Treats Gastrointestinal Problems

Another major benefit of neem is its ability to cure stomach bugs and reduces inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.  It also aids with other intestinal issues such as constipation, bloating and cramping.

There you have it, six reasons to clear a spot for your next gardening project.  Of course as with all alternative medicines, you should first consult with your doctor.

However, in the interim, you can still get ready to plant your neem tree.  Search Find Yello Guyana Agricultural Equipment & Supplies listing to get all your gardening needs.

Sources: Web MDNew Delhi Television and Organic Facts.

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