Neem

(Azadirachta indica)

The neem tree originates from India and Southeast Asia. The leaves seeds and bark are used medicinally.

Neem has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. Neem leaf and bark extracts are most consistently recommended in ancient medical texts and by herbal practitioners for gastro-intestinal upsets, diarrhoea and intestinal infections, skin ulcers and infections, and malaria. Neem twigs are the most regularly used toothbrush for a large portion of the population of India and other countries where the tree is common.

What it does

Neem contains more than 35 biologically active compounds which have different actions. Neem leaf contains compounds which are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. The oil from the seed is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and insecticidal.

Potential Uses

Athletes foot Headlice Eczema
Dandruff Mild skin infections Psoriasis
Ringworm Scabies Thrush
Gingivitis Tooth decay

Other information

Neem is an effective insect repellant and can be effective against mosquitos, midges and sand flies.

Neem is used in preparations for the treatment of headlice, it can also be used to treat fleas in cats and dogs.

Neem can be used as a cream for skin infections and inflammation.

Cautions

Neem is not to be used internally, generally there are no side effects from using neem topically, but it is always wise to do a patch skin test before general application.

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Do not use on children under 2 years of age.

Diabetics should always seek medical advice for any conditions involving the feet, including athletes foot.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with

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