Neem (Azadirachta indica) is native to India, where its myriad health benefits are widely known. Its properties include: antbacterial, anti-parasitic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory! That's a lot of antis! You can use neem in the form of oil extracted from the seeds, or powdered leaves. Apparently the flowers smell amazing, i find the oil from the seeds to be less than appealing, but sometimes medicine just can't smell sweet!
A truly comprehensive description of neem can be found at this website. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read through it. Some skin troubles neem can help (the oil or the leaf) include:
- Inflamed skin
- Itchy skin
- Chapped skin
- Oily skin
- Dry skin
- Insect repellent
- Flea and Lice control for pets
I look forward to experiencing and exploring more of the benefits of neem as time goes on. Apparently, even growing the tree isn't all that difficult, so i may give that a try in the future. They thrive in hot weather, though - so perhaps i should have tried earlier in my time spent in Austin.
That's all for now. I just love discovering natural plants that pack a healthy punch!
Herb Quarterly, Laurie Rowell