Properties of a Neem Plant

India's neem tree has a variety of purposes, with over 130 of them medicinal. For centuries, this edible plant has been used to cure ailments such as skin dryness or eczema, and acts as an anti-bacterial and fungal agent. Neem is incorporated into several types of skin products and teas; it can be used straight from the plant and applied to skin. Neem extracts and supplements are available in health food stores.

Promotes Healthy Skin and Beauty

Oil from the neem plant has many benefits when added to certain products or used alone. It has moisturizing properties for nails, cuticles, skin and scalp. Neem relieves itchy, dry skin, soothes irritation, combats acne and skin ulcers, and promotes general skin health. It is also used to fight ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and scabies.

Antifungal

Neem oil has antifungal properties against five different fungal infections, including athlete's foot, ringworm and yeast infections. The oil from the leaves, bark and seeds is antibacterial and antiviral, especially for mouth and healing wounds infections.

Spermicide?

The Infinity Foundation claims that intravaginal application of neem oil, prior to coitus, can prevent pregnancy. However, further research is required. Neem should not be relied upon for birth control.

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