I love Neem and after you get through this article, I’m sure you will too.
You only have to know a bit about to me to know that I’m not kidding; I’m nuts for the tree. Phew, glad I got that off my chest!
Unlike my obsessive love for that top I absolutely must have or that latest Burberry handbag I saw teasing me in the window at the stores today, I can actually defend being “I will sell my soul” in love with Neem.
Think I’m being melodramatic? Let me enlighten you for a while but first, as always, please remember that the information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. As with everything you read, make sure you discuss any changes to your normal routine with your doctor and/or medical practitioner.
1. The United Nations is about as crazy about this whole Neem thing as I am
Yes, you heard it right. Neem is so beneficial to mankind; it has actually been named the Tree of the 21st Century.
The Neem Tree has been helping Indians for centuries by healing a wide variety of ailments. Its unique attributes have been passed down from generation to generation with many referring to its uses in Hindi as “Grandma’s wise natural cures”.
2. Could Neem be lovelier?
Honestly? It’s unlikely.
Neem is famous for its numerous anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antipyretic, antiseptic and blood purifying assets. Not entirely fairly however, herbs like Ginseng and Echinacea are more widely recognised worldwide. Research has proven that Neem has a larger array of uses than any other herb. Used in health and beauty throughout the ages, the first recorded indication of its use was 4500 years old!
Affectionately termed the “Village Pharmacy”, Neem usage for everyday problems even predates the benefits of Willow Tree, Myrrh, Pine and Thyme.
3. Neem is not just preventative. Ayurveda Practitioners have been using it to combat ailments for quite some time …
Due to its various healing properties, Ayurvedic Practitioners have been reported to cure colds, fevers, coughs and even some more serious diseases such as leprosy and malaria with the effective and correct application of the Neem Tree. In fact over 75% of Ayurvedic remedies are known to contain Neem in some form.
Many of us are turning to alternative medication as a complementary measure to allopathic forms of medicine. Though the importance of scientific revolution and technology cannot be overstated, older forms of treating illnesses are fast gaining popularity. Though all medical decisions should be carefully analysed and discussed with your doctor, if you’re interested in knowing more about the increasing popularity of holistic medication, you may want to check this article out.
4. I get that Cave Men may have had some good stuff, but it still doesn’t mean I want their look
I get it. I really do. You don’t want to look like you belong on the Cave Man Version of Vogue’s front cover even if their cures are staggering. Similar to everything in the 21st century, technology has a massive role in ascertaining what we want to take from the past and what we don’t and then combining it with present day mechanisms to fit into modern society the way we want it to. That means that though Neem in its original form smells like something the cat dragged in and tastes worse than a Panadol soaked in water for an hour or so, there are some out there who have made this magical plant palatable to our tastes and needs for today.
5. Prevention is better than a cure
I am a firm fan of natural alternatives where I can find them and if using them seems like common sense. I find that adopting daily natural supplements (like some turmeric in warm milk every day, or a shot of lemon and honey in some water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach) assists me with keeping certain niggling problems at bay.
If right for you, Neem is a wonderful addition that helps to keep blood pure on an ongoing basis.
6. Will using Neem change the way I look and feel?
Like everything natural, the answer to this question is that it depends because the results are going to be specific for each individual. Think about it, there isn’t another you out there that is exactly the same, right? No, not even if you’re identical twins. So, the way our body takes to natural herbs varies for each individual. We’ve had some people who can’t sing the praises of Neem more (seriously, even if you paid them). I can vouch for this because I’m one of them. And then there are others who don’t think it’s that crash hot and can’t wrap their heads around what all the fuss is about.
I’d go for neither and both. I have loved Neem ever since I suddenly started breaking out in pimples. I spent my teenage years relatively pimple free, I believed it was in the genes (still do really) and was blessed with fairly clear skin all through high school and then a couple of years later, suddenly everything changed. My skin was oily to the touch (I’m not kidding. My face was sweating more than a pig about to become pork chops) and nothing seemed to help. Until that is, my amazing mum told me to quit moping around and try Neem out. In six months, my skin was better than it had ever been before and I haven’t looked back since. Neem is now a regular part of my daily personal care regime. Your results are bound to vary though so it really depends on whether you’re game enough or not.
7. If you’re the kind of person who can’t be bothered with too many additions to your already busy schedule, then Neem is for you!
If you’re lazy like me, then I saved the best for last.
Neem can seriously be used for anything, got bad breath, try some Neem toothpaste. Got an itchy scalp? How about some Neem based Shampoo and Conditioner. Got a serious case of acne eruption using your face like a pizza platter? Try some Neem Soap. Feel like eczema is going to make you scratch your skin off? Try some Neem Moisturiser. Fungus problem? Don’t go there, though the smell is bad, some Neem Oil will clear that up pronto. And finally, cracked heel problems? How about some luscious Body Butters?
Whatever your fancy, chances are Neem is going to be able to fulfil it somehow.
We’d love to hear how Neem has changed your life for the better, so please let us know. If you aren’t a believer yet, that’s okay too. Let us know why.