This is Why Your Grandmother Loved Neem

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Medicinal properties, sure, but are you aware of the beauty benefits neem has in store for you?

The extract of neem has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years for overall well-being. From the roots to the bark to the gum to the leaves--neem is effective in therapeutic preparations for both internal and topical use.

  1. Deals with skin problems: Neem proves to be a miracle for people with problematic skin, courtesy its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is not just a boon for people with sensitive or oily and acne-prone skin, but also contains vitamin C, which helps get rid of skin problems like blackheads, pigmentation, dullness and ageing.
  2. Helps you lose weight: Drinking neem juice on a regular basis will help you achieve a clean stomach and will improve your metabolism. Neem aids in the breakdown of body fat, which helps keep your weight in check. You can also make a concoction using neem, lemon and honey to further boost your metabolism.
  3. Purifies blood: Neem is one of the best antiseptic, anti- bacterial and anti-viral agents, which keeps your internal system clean by purifying your blood.
  4. Prevents oral problems: Neem twigs are still used for oral hygiene in many parts of India. The anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties of neem play a key role in the prevention of gum diseases, toothache, bad breath and mouth ulcers.
  5. Aids in cancer treatment: The neem leaf glycoprotein, popularly called NLGP--a purified form of protein from neem leaves--slows down the growth of tumour cells. Thus, instead of targeting the cancer cells directly, this protein modulates the immune cells present in the cancer environment and blood, which in turn restricts further growth of the tumour.

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