Neem oil is famous world over for its various amazing benefits to the human body. The oil is very potent and highly medicinal in nature. It is possibly the best antiseptic and cure about just any and every human ill.
Neem leaf, bark and oil are packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Neem leaf is rich in naturally occurring Quercetin, which is well known as a compound that supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation. Neem leaf and bark are also well documented for their immune-boosting compounds that protect against noncystic acne without drying skin – a particularly important consideration for all skin types.
In Ayurveda, Neem is considered cooling, soothing and astringent: Cooling because it helps to cool and calm the skin, scalp, gums or wherever it is applied; Soothing because it has been used for thousands of years to support healthy skin and is traditionally used to normalize irritated, rough or exceptionally dry skin or scalp; Astringent because it helps to tighten skin or scalp tissue normalize, balance and promote youthful and healthy skin. One might consider Neem in the common three-step skin system of cleanse, tone and moisturize — Neem is all three in one!
Some of the constituents in Neem that are important to healthy skin, scalp and hair include:
- Catechin: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
- Cyclic tetrasulfide: anti-fungal
- Epicatechin: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
- Gallic acid: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
- Gedunin: anti-fungal
- Margolone: anti-bacterial
- Mahmoodin: anti-bacterial
- Nimbin: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-histamine
- Nimbidin: anti-fungal, analgesic
- Polysaccharides: anti-inflammatory
- Quercetin: exerts strong anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators.
- Sodium nimbinate: anti-inflammatory
Certified-organic and ethically wild-crafted Neem oil and Neem leaf extracts are commonly likened to tea tree essential oil for their broad-spectrum actions. However Neem oil is cold-pressed and not distilled, so it is not as drying or irritating as tea tree oil can be. All forms of Neem are soothing and nourishing to the skin and scalp. Neem leaf has a mild aroma and can be taken internally as a dietary supplement or applied topically. Neem bark has even more antioxidants than the leaf and oil. It also is an excellent exfoiliant that can be used in a masque to pull out the impurities and tighten pores. Neem oil has a rich, nutty, garlic-like aroma that smells like food but it is the most concentrated of the three neem products and is only used for external applications.
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