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The Plant that’s a One-Stop Pharmacy: Neem

by Lou-Ann Jordan May 9, 2022

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Understated is one of the best words to describe the neem plant. The neem tree is located 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. Its benefits are so varied that it can easily be called a one-stop pharmacy. 

Let’s explore this fantastic plant together. We guarantee you’re going to want to plant one in your backyard. The best part is that not only does it grow quickly, and it’s incredibly resilient in harsh environments. Also, 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. It is handy in eliminating acne, which results from grease and bacteria. Because of its antibacterial properties, neem also helps prevent future breakouts. The antioxidants and astringent components found in the plant work to lessen scarring, sagging, wrinkles and ageing. Typically, a paste made from crushed leaves can be applied to acne infected areas.

Skin Care

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.  Neem’s active organic ingredients have antifungal effects and can be used for the affected bodily areas.

Maintains Dental Hygiene

The bark of the neem tree is as helpful as 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 significant 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 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, you can still get ready to plant your neem tree in the interim. Search Find Yello Agricultural Equipment & Supplies listing to get all your gardening needs.

Sources: Organic Facts, WebMD and NDTV.