The Neem Tree
What is neem? For over 4000 years, women in India have relied upon Neem for flawless skin. The Neem tree is an evergreen tree that is part of the mahogany family and is a common feature of the drier regions of India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Neem bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and oils all contain medicinal qualities. Neem is highly treasured in India and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine for many skin issues.
Healing Benefits of Neem
The exceptional properties of Neem can be summarized as anti-septic and anti-inflammatory, and they facilitate wound healing. Neem trees produce a cocktail of molecules in their leaves and seeds that have potent properties. Scientific studies have shown Neem to have elements that are:
- Antiviral – inhibits the growth of viruses
- Anti-fungal – inhibits the growth of fungi
- Antibacterial – destroying the growth of bacteria
- Analgesic – providing pain relief
- Anti-inflammatory – reduce certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness
- Antimicrobial -destroying the growth of microorganisms
In addition Neem contains insect repellent substances and natural anti-histamines. One can think of it as the immune system of the tree, a mechanism that allows these trees to survive in extreme environments. Find out more about The History of the Neem Tree.
Neem in JustNeem’s Products
Neem’s gentleness and effectiveness make it perfect for daily skin care. We at JustNeem utilize these properties in our products to protect skin and, if needed, to support healing of skin infections.
We have found Neem to be very effective for acne, psoriasis and eczema treatments. The antibacterial qualities in Neem kill bacteria on the skin naturally. Our Neem soaps and lotions have shown to do just that. Our natural and organic soaps work wonders as gentle all-body cleansers. Green Tea and Coconut Soap in specific help reduce the symptoms of acne.
Neem can also be applied in support of topical fungal or viral conditions such as nail fungus, athlete’s foot, warts or cold sores. The plant-derived anti-histamines in Neem are effective in treating itching skin, for example from bee stings, mosquito and spider bites, poison ivy, and others. Neem Cure, our plant-based healing oil, can be used for all the above mentioned skin conditions.
Neem oil is also an excellent moisturizer, high in Vitamin E, rich in emollients and fatty acids, soothing dry skin, cracked cuticles or otherwise stressed and damaged skin. Unlike petroleum based moisturizers, Neem oil actually restores the skin’s natural elasticity. Neem is safe for use on children. Read more about the ways Neem is used in skin care.
“Delivering the Wonders of African Neem”
You can find more information at neemfoundation.org and in the following books: Neem, A Tree for Solving Global Problems, by the Board of Science and Technology for International Development, National Research Council and Neem, The Ultimate Herb, by John Cornick