African Herbs

13 Surprising benefits of NEEM LEAF.

Neem leaf

Neem Tree, also known as ‘Azadirachta indica,’ is a tree native to India. Neem leaf is also called Dogoyaro in Nigeria.
Neem is best known for its anti-aging properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, neem protects the skin from harmful UV rays, pollution, and other environmental factors. The vitamins and fatty acids in neem improve and maintain the elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines. This makes you and your skin look rejuvenated and youthful.
Plus, it is suitable for all skin types, be it oily, normal, dry, combination, or sensitive.
If you were oblivious to the many uses and benefits of neem leaves, you have come to the right place. Here is everything you need to know about how these bitter, green leaves are a wonder ingredient that helps keep your beauty game secure. Take a look at 13 surprising benefits of neem and how exactly you can use them to improve your health, get enviably gorgeous skin and beautiful hair.

Benefits of Neem (Dogoyaro)

  • Wound healing:

    Neem can heal wounds without leaving any ugly scars. It also prevents septic infections. Neem is commonly used to heal wounds because of its antiseptic properties. Apply a little amount of neem oil on the injury or Make a paste out of the neem leaves and dab it on your wounds or insect bites a few times a day till it heals.

  • Improves Eye Health:

    Boil some neem leaves, let the water cool completely and then use it to wash your eyes. This will help any kind of irritation, tiredness, or redness.

  • Treat Ear Ailments:

    Blend some neem leaves and add some honey to it. Use a few drops of this mix to treat any ear boils. Neem tea or juice also helps relieve earaches

  • Improves Oral Health:

    Due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, it keeps away all sorts of dental infections and diseases. For Sore throat, Gaggle neem leaves tea several times a day. Neem leaves/bark teas prevent mouth diseases like cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis. Neem twigs relieve toothache and also brighten when used as a chewing stick to brush teeth.

  • Boosts immunity And purifies blood:

    Crush some neem leaves and take them with a glass of water to increase your immunity and purify your blood. Since neem tastes bitter, the tea mixed with honey acquires a similar taste but works magically. This also helps to detoxify the body and get rid of free radicals

  • Pain killer:

    Extract of leaves and seeds together gives an excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic that RELIEVES PAINS, HEADACHES, SPRAINS, EAR ACHES, MUSCLE CRAMPS & JOINT PAINS

  • Insecticide/Pesticide:

    Pound a few handfuls of seeds, add water, mash, and filter out the solution with a clean sieve and spray on your crops. You can keep neem soaked cotton near your windows or burn neem leaves to ward off insects. It is incredibly useful and is used to fight mosquito menace.

  • Promotes Heart Health:

    Infusions of leaves in HOT water when taken manages blood sugar and removes toxins from the blood, dilates blood vessels, improves blood circulation, and balances heart pumping rate. Neem also balances blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Contraceptive:

    Neem is a natural contraceptive; it blocks spermatogenesis(the production of sperm cells) without affecting the production of testosterone. It is thus believed to be an ideal contraceptive for birth control as it is natural, available, nontoxic, and affordable to almost all. Neem oil can be used as a spermicide. It’s applied deep in the vagina ( intravaginally ) before sexual intercourse. It kills sperms and prevents pregnancy.

  • Malaria Treatment:

    Neem leaves are boiled into a concoction to treat Malaria.

  • Anti-fungal, Anti-viral, and Anti-bacterial:

    Neem leaves are used to treat fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. They are used to treat common colds, warts as well as chickenpox. Either the paste is applied to the affected area, or the person is made to bathe in neem water. It can also treat foot fungi and athletes foot.

  • Skin Care:

    Neem leaves are God sent ingredients and a safe home remedy for oily and acne-prone skin. Since they exhibit antibacterial properties, they help keep skin free from pimple-causing bacteria and thus reduce acne. Not only does it get rid of acne, it also clears scars and blemishes, soothes irritated skin, fights aging, and hyperpigmentation. Neem acts as a toner and moisturizer for the skin. Turmeric, combined with a paste of neem leaves, can also be used for itching, eczema, ringworms and some mild skin diseases.

  • Haircare:

    Neem helps in strengthening hair quality and promotes the growth of hair. Neem paste is also used as a hair conditioner. Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, neem is an excellent way to curb dandruff. This makes hair follicles healthier, thus encouraging hair growth too. It provides the required nourishment and conditioning to the roots, making them healthier and shinier, thereby preventing Baldness and Hair thinning. Boil a bunch of neem leaves till the water turns green, allow it to cool. After washing your hair with shampoo, cleanse it with this water. Neem oil also helps get rid of lice.


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Cynthia Adeh Ekpong
I'm Cynthia Adeh Ekpong, and I write about African Herbs and how they benefit our health. It pains me that we Africans spend more money buying drugs for minor issues instead of using herbs around us for little or no amount. My goal in 54history is to bring more awareness to our African herbs.

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