Have you heard of neem? Let us explain.
Neem is a medicinal herb that has been used by Indian Ayurvedic practitioners for more than 5,000 years, according to NDTV Food. The fact that neem is still being used today is strong evidence for the herb’s potency.
NDTV Food tells us the herb contains 130 different biologically active compounds, many of which are anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Continue reading to learn 8 fantastic health benefits of neem.
1. Control high blood sugar. Style Craze recommends drinking neem leaf tea to control high blood pressure and remove toxins in the blood.
2. Treat acne. The anti-bacterial properties of neem make it a great treatment for acne. Style Craze recommends boiling a cup of neem leaves in water. Once the leaves are soft and the water has turned green, strain the liquid and store it in a bottle. Rinse your face with neem water or add it to your bath water to prevent acne on the body.
3. Promote oral health. Banyan Botanicals recommends swishing and spitting neem oil (available in health food stores) to promote healthy oral health. You can also apply neem oil directly to affected teeth or gums.
4. Heal insect bites. To make a neem leaf paste, mix neem leaf powder with a small amount of water. Banyan Botanicals recommends directly applying the paste to insect bites and other wounds. Let the paste dry for 20 minutes . Rinse and pat dry.
5. Treat dandruff. Make a pot of neem leaf tea and let it cool. Next time you take a shower, cleanse your hair with neam leaf tea after shampooing, as recommended by NDTV Food.
6. Soothe a sore throat. Style Craze recommends gargling with neem water in order to relieve pain from a sore throat.
7. Cleanse the blood. Banyan Botanicals explains neem leaf is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to cleanse the blood and support healthy blood. For best results, make it a habit to drink neem leaf tea daily.
8. Boost metabolism. Neem leaf reportedly supports the digestive system and GI track, and is especially useful in boosting metabolism, saysBanyan Botanicals.
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