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Neem Oil Benefits For Your Health

Loveleena Rajeev
Native to tropical and semi-tropical regions of the Asian subcontinent, neem is a large tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. Pure and good quality neem oil is known to be beneficial for a wide array of problems.
Neem is a tall evergreen tree; 15-20 m in height, has extensive mention in ancient Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for its disease-fighting properties. It is so effective that in East Africa it is known as Muarubaini in Swahili, a Bantu language, which means 'tree of the 40', for its ability to treat 40 different diseases.
All parts of the neem tree are endowed with infection-fighting capacities. And from this tree comes the famed neem oil. Neem oil benefits can be derived by using it for treating various infections and strengthening the immune system. Besides its several health benefits, it is also used in a large number of household products.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is a vegetable oil which is extracted from the fruits and seeds of neem tree.
The oil is light to dark brown depending upon its method of processing and extraction. It's very bitter to taste, attributed mainly because of triglycerides and triterpenoid compounds, and has a strong fragrance.
Neem oil is hydrophobic in nature. It also contains steroids and naturally occurring organic chemicals like triterpenoids. It's used for several purposes but not for cooking.

Benefits of Neem Oil

► Neem oil contains powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties that makes it the first choice in over a hundred household, agricultural, medicinal, and cosmetic products.
► It's extremely beneficial for those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, skin ulcers, etc.

► The active compounds found in its extracts and finished products are used to prepare not only traditional medicines, but also modern ones.
► Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes, and rinses contain neem oil as it has antiseptic properties which keep teeth and gums healthy, and free of infection.
► Application of neem oil combined with a carrier oil helps to treat hair-related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp.

► Its astringent properties promote wound healing of minor cuts, bruises and gashes. Probably the reason you will find many ointments carry neem oil as its primary component.
► Neem oil also strengthens an individual's resistance to disease by boosting the immune system.
► It is used in preparing medicines that treat diabetes, arthritis, blood disorders, digestive problems.

► The oil inhibits the growth of free radicals that are responsible for the development of certain kinds of cancer.

► Neem oil is also incorporated in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants, and personal hygiene products.
► Many skin care products including cosmetics use neem essential oil. It is extremely popular in almost all products of aromatherapy, that help restore mental health.
► One will find an array of neem oil products used as pesticides, fungicides, and germicides for clearing plant pest and infections. Its active ingredients inhibit the growth of insects by interrupting their life cycle.

► It is also useful for treating minor infections in animals.
Also known to reduce baldness, the oil slows graying of hair. To derive neem oil benefits, make sure you buy products that have sufficient quantity of oil in them, or you can even buy pure neem essential oil from any aroma store. As the tree is found in abundance, neem oil is readily available in the market.