Let’s just say off the bat, we love Neem.
You only have to visit us to see that we aren’t kidding; we’re bonkers for the tree.
But unlike my obsessive love for the nine inch heels or that latest Versace handbag I saw hanging at the shop window in the mall today, I can actually justify being absolutely “I will consider selling my soul” in love with Neem.
Don’t believe me? Let me bend your ear for a few minutes but first, 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 thinks the Neem Tree’s all that too!
The Neem Tree has been used in the Indian subcontinent for centuries as a healer of many ailments and its unique abilities have been passed down generations with many referring to its uses in Hindi as “Grandma’s wise natural cures”. Most Indian children are well versed with its many uses and particularly bitter taste. But then again, since when has anything good for you been great to smell or taste?
2. Could this Tree get any better?
Truthfully? Probably not.
Neem is known for its many anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antipyretic, antiseptic and blood purifying properties. Unfortunately though, herbs like Ginseng and Echinacea are more widely recognised worldwide. Research has proven that Neem has a wider 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! Talk about experience.
Affectionately called the “Village Pharmacy”, the use of Neem even predates the benefits of Willow Tree, Myrrh, Pine and Thyme. (Tweet This!)
3. It’s not just preventative, Neem has been reportedly used in Ayurveda for common day ailments for a while now
Due to its many healing attributes, Ayurvedic Practitioners have been reported to cure colds, fevers, coughs and even some more serious ailments such as leprosy and malaria with the proper use of the Neem Tree. In fact over 75% of Ayurvedic remedies are known to contain Neem in some form. (Tweet This!)
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. Okay, so Cave Men may have had some good stuff, but that doesn’t mean I want the look
We get it. You don’t want to look like you belong on the Cave Man Version of Vogue’s front cover even if their cures are mind blowing in this day and age. Just because we’re thinking of adopting some of our ancestors pearls of wisdom doesn’t mean we’re doing it the way they did completely.
Like everything in the 21st century, technology has played a massive role in distilling what we want to take from the past and what we don’t and then combining it with present day mechanisms to fit into current 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. Will using Neem change the way I look and feel?
Well, like everything natural, it depends because the results are going to be specific for each individual. Think about it, there isn’t another you out there that’s exactly the same, right? No, not even you identical twins. So, the way our body takes to natural herbs differs 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 attest to this because I’m one of them) and 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 say neither and both. Personally, I have loved Neem ever since I suddenly started breaking out in pimples. I had 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.
6. Prevention is better than a cure, isn’t that how the metaphor goes?
I don’t know about you but if I can find a natural remedy to something, I’d rather use it.
Once again, this decision is entirely up to you. I am a believer of natural alternatives where I can find them and if using them seems like common sense. As always, you should discuss any major changes to your routine with your medical practitioner to ensure that you’re able to use a herb in conjunction with any other medication you may be taking at the time. I do find that taking 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) helps me keep certain niggling problems at bay.
If right for you, Neem is a wonderful addition to keep your blood pure on an ongoing basis. I haven’t had problem skin since I started using it a couple of years ago and I haven’t been happier.
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!
So we saved the best for last, especially if you’re lazy like me.
Neem can literally 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 itch 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 below.