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Benefits of Neem Oil And Its Side Effects

Neem oil extracted from neem leaves has great application in medicine and cosmetic industry. Dried leaves of neem may be used as herb to prepare a variety of beauty products and pesticides. Having a unique composition of beneficial organic compounds, neem oil is used for making herbal products that are safe for usage. Right from garnishes, tea to herbal supplements and skin salves, neem is considered as the most versatile plant in the entire India culture. As per the researches, its benefits are magical whether one uses it on hair, skin or for treating stress or viral diseases. Neem oil is used as an agricultural pesticide and also for pet care.

Benefits of Neem Oil And Its Side Effects

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Neem Oil
Nutritional Value of Neem Oil
Health Benefits of Neem Oil
Helps in treating skin
Helps get rid of toxins
Treats acne
Reduces inflammation
Contains antioxidants
Protects the skin
Treats fungal infection
Prevents diabetes
Treats malaria
Ensures oral hygiene
Prevents STD
Treats arthritis
Uses of Neem Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem Oil
Origin And Cultivation of Neem Oil

Neem Oil

Neem oil, is a vegetable oil, which is pressed from the seeds of neem and fruits. ‘Azadirachta Indica’ or Neem is an evergreen tree which is endemic to India, introduced to several other regions including the tropics. Used as a pesticide, neem oil is yellowish brown in color having a bitter taste and smell of garlic and sulphur. The oil of Neem is available commercially for medicines and organic farming. The color of the oil may vary; it can be reddish brown, greenish brown, golden yellow or even bright red. Composed of triglycerides, neem oil is composed of several triterpenoid compounds. Being hydrophobic in nature, it is emulsified in water for several applications. The Azadirachtin compound of neem is a widely studied triterpenoid compound in this oil. Nimbin is again a triterpenoid compound which is credited with properties like antifungal, antiseptic, antihistamine and antipyretic. The oil is extracted from the seed kernels of neem.

Nutritional Value of Neem Oil

‘Azadaracta Indica’ or neem has 45% oil content and has seeds of considerable potential. It is bitter and non-edible. The oil of neem seed has 15% of linoleic acid and 50% oleic acid and no fatty acid. A nutritional study was carried out on rats for 14 weeks which suggested that neem oil has more potential and nutritional value than groundnut oil. Feeding 10% of neem oil to rats, showed a healthy and good growth performance in the rats. Triglycerides and cholesterol in neem oil is again comparable to groundnut oil. Debitterized neem oil has the same kind of nutritional value as other edible oils.

Health Benefits of Neem Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Neem Oil
Health Benefits of Neem Oil

Helps in treating skin

Antibacterial property and antimicrobial properties of neem oil helps to treat a variety of skin conditions. Neem oil is considered as the best tonic for the immune system, both internally and externally. Not only skin conditions, it can address a variety of conditions. Doctors, list a variety of health benefits of neem oil. It is loaded with medicinal properties.

Helps get rid of toxins

Neem is a one-stop pharmacy tree that helps to get rid of body toxins. Whether you use the leaves directly on the skin or the paste, neem extracts can help you to get rid of toxins from the body. By stimulating kidney and liver, neem oil can optimize the body’s metabolic activities and quickly eliminate built up toxins. As a great amount of detritus accumulate in our skin in the form of dust, microbes and germ, neem helps to neutralize pathogens, chemicals and dirt to diminish the chances of skin irritation

Treats acne

Neem oil is a fabulous treatment for acne. It can address and treat even the most challenging of skin conditions, eliminate acne and acne marks. As it has antiseptic properties, neem oil can eliminate bacteria and grease that cause much of the problems. Its antibacterial nature, anti-fungal properties prevent future breakouts.

Reduces inflammation

Consumption of neem oil is associated directly with reducing inflammation of gastrointestinal tract. Neem oil reduces ulcers and powerfully addresses a range of intestinal issues such as bloating, cramping and constipation. The oil may also be used as the healing antidote for infections and stomach flus that may kill the good bacteria in the gut.

Contains antioxidants

Neem is high on antioxidant content and so it reduces the chance of certain kinds of cancers. Antioxidants in the neem oil may help in neutralizing free radicals that are a dangerous aftermath of cellular metabolism. Such free radicals can cause a range of cancerous diseases along with several other chronic diseases in the body. There is a positive correlation between lower risk of cancer diseases and antioxidants. Antioxidants may also keep your cardiovascular system unobstructed and clean.

Protects the skin

Neem oil is a fabulous exfoliant that works like a miracle on the skin. It can shrink large pores and thus prevent the development of pimples, age marks and blemishes.

Treats fungal infection

It helps in the treatment of fungal infection. Diluted neem oil may be directly applied on infected regions of the body including athlete’s foot. Its antifungal effect is highly efficient and rapid to keep intact healthy skin and healthy immunity system.

Prevents diabetes

Although it is quite unclear as to how neem oil helps in the treatment of diabetes, there is a connection between neem oil and lower blood glucose level. Consumption of neem is associated with low demand for insulin. The chemical compounds present in neem can help optimize the functioning of insulin receptor and ensures that your body receives apt amount of insulin to save from diabetes. In fact, the ones who are suffering from diabetes will be less dependent on insulin therapy if they use neem oil.

Treats malaria

As per the unconfirmed researches, neem can help in the treatment of Malaria, its symptoms and can also reduce the probability of its occurrence. Neem is a natural insect repellent and so it is linked to the treatment of malaria. Being nontoxic in nature, neem can help in treating malaria

Ensures oral hygiene

Neem is good for oral health and it is used in most of the oral care products. Its antibacterial property makes it ideal for eliminating bacteria under the gums. So, in a way, it helps to avoid periodontal issues and halitosis or bad breath. Neem oil is used widely in toothpastes, mouthwashes and its flavor is also not bad

Prevents STD

It is also used for reproductive health as a birth control agent and natural spermicide. Neem can reduce the chance of conception without causing any harm to the system. Without affecting libido, neem oil can lower the fertility level, prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Treats arthritis

If used consistently, neem oil can improve joint health; and treat the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties of neem make it suitable for the treatment of joint diseases.

Uses of Neem Oil

The purified components of neem and neem oil are used in over hundreds of pesticides. The oil of neem is used for a variety of ornamental crops to control insects. It may also be formulated into dust, granules and wet powders. Neem oil can kill insects, germs and pests by reducing an ability to feed. Since it has antiseptic properties, it is used in the preparation of medicines. It can treat a number of ailments like blood disorder, cancer, digestive issues, arthritis and diabetes. Neem oil work wonders on the skin. Skin care products and cosmetics make a wide use of neem extracts. The oil holds a very predominant place in the realm of aromatherapy due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem Oil

Despite a plethora of beneficial uses, there are a few side effects as well. Kids, infants and toddlers must refrain from consuming neem oil. Those with kidney and liver diseases cannot use it without the permission of the doctor. Whether it is neem oil, neem paste or neem leaves, the doctor’s consultation is a must. Neem is slightly sedative in nature and so it is associated with fatigue. Be cautious and do not overuse it. If you are using some medications, consult your doctor prior to its usage. If the neem oil is at all used, appropriate dosage must be consumed as per the age, health and medical condition.

Origin And Cultivation of Neem Oil

Despite a plethora of beneficial uses, there are a few side effects as well. Kids, infants and toddlers must refrain from consuming neem oil. Those with kidney and liver diseases cannot use it without the permission of the doctor. Whether it is neem oil, neem paste or neem leaves, the doctor’s consultation is a must. Neem is slightly sedative in nature and so it is associated with fatigue. Be cautious and do not overuse it. If you are using some medications, consult your doctor prior to its usage. If the neem oil is at all used, appropriate dosage must be consumed as per the age, health and medical condition.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir from last two to three days I am unrest due to the itching skin issue. I can't get sleep. Itching will majorly Start in evening. Majorly itching areas are neck, brachium, femur, (thighs), umbilicals Kindly guide me.

MD(Am)
General Physician, Secunderabad
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I got an infection under thigh about to months ago and it started bleeding. I checked with some doctors, they are saying its a fistula. They are asking for operation. Is it? What is best cure for it if yes If yes then what is best.

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), M.D (Ayu)
Ayurveda,
If it is fistula then surgery is most suitable treatment. Kshar-sutra the Ayurvedic surgery treatment is most preferable now a days.

I have occurred with dandruff from 18 year. Now I am suffering a big hair losses. I want to reveal from that diseases what I am going to do.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga
Homeopath, Indore
Dandruff is one of the reason for hairfall Dandruff may be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia. You must try natural way to treat dandruff - 1 Tea tree oil - One study showed that shampoos with just 5 percent tea tree oil significantly improves the severity of dandruff. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo as you wash normally. 2. Baking soda - Your kitchen could hold the key to an itch-free, flake-free scalp. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Skip the shampoo and go right to rinsing. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. Your hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes. 3. Apple cider vinegar - apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment, as the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week. 4. Coconut oil - coconut oil is a "tried and true" dandruff treatment, and it smells nice too. Before showering, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and let sit for about an hour. Shampoo normally. You can also look for a shampoo that already contains coconut oil. 5. Lemon - Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears. Lemon's acidity helps balance the pH of your scalp, which helps keeps dandruff at bay. 6. Table salt - The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You'll find you've worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo. Just try out the above things. Besides this if it doesn't work then you will need a good homeopathic medicine. So do consult a good homeopath and for my help book an online appointment.

Hello I am suffering from the skin allergy beside my penis I am getting a lot of itching please give that represent the symptoms.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Maintain personal hygiene. Wear loose under garments to allow free passage of air to noirish affected part. Tk, plenty of water to hydrate your skin. Tk, homoeopathic medicine: @ Sulphur 30-6 pills alternate morning. Avoid, junkfood, alcohol & nicotine. Tk, care.

I am suffering from a lot dandruff in my hair. It not a seasonal problem of mine. I suffer through out whole year. Please suggest me a remedy.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Take 3-4 tsf of Dandronil powder and mix it up with raw milk to make a fine paste and apply it to the scalp. Wash the hair after 15 - 20 mins with Scurfol shampoo. Do this twice a week for 2-3 weeks and later once in 15 days.

Popular Health Tips

Allergic Dermatitis and How Ayurveda Can Help?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Karnal
Allergic Dermatitis and How Ayurveda Can Help?

Skin allergies causing dermatitis are very common and can be caused by allergic reactions to food substances like peanuts or eggs. However, it is more common when there is physical contact with some allergens, for example, nickel (used in belts and artificial jewellery; rubber in watch straps or wristbands). The person would usually develop an itch and rash, which could be localised or generalised.

Ayurveda believes in a two fold management of allergic dermatitis. While the first one is aimed at improved skin care routine, the second one is aimed at using natural remedies for managing dermatitis (rash and eczema).

Skincare

  1. Avoid soap or use a mild soap, as it removes the acidic layers of the skin, which are essential for preventing infections.
  2. Use cold plain water in summer or take a warm bath during the winter season.
  3. Use a smooth, soft towel, and avoid rubbing.
  4. For dry skin, apply oil on your skin for an hour before taking bath. Alternately, add olive oil or neem oil to your bath water.
  5. Do not take frequent, long, or hot baths.
  6. Avoid stepping out during extreme weather.
  7. Keep away from blankets and woollens.
  8. Ensure your diet does not contain usual allergy-producing stuff like peanuts, eggs, milk, cheese, fish, etc.
  9. Avoid artificial jewellery, rubber footwear, fur, and synthetic fabrics which can increase the rash and eczema.
  10. Overall, get enough physical and mental rest, avoid taking the stress, and sleep well and eat well.
  11. Avoid scratching the affected skin.
  12. Preferably wear cotton and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes.

In addition to the above overall skin care measures, the affected area needs to be given additional care and treatment to relieve the symptoms.

  1. With its soothing properties, honey is proven to be very effective in treating many skin conditions. It can be diluted with water and applied on the affected area.
  2. This provides relief from the itching, which is very common with blisters. This is especially useful in the area under the eyes.
  3. Crushing a cup of oatmeal and adding it to the bath water helps in cleansing the skin and removes the dead skin. It also provides relief against irritation, soothes the skin, and provides relief from the itching.
  4. The juice of the tender leaves of tephrossia purpurea (sarapunkha) and terminal catapa (jangali badam) can be applied to the affected skin, which provides great relief. Twice a day, after meals, tries panchanimbaadi choornam.
  5. A paste of sesame oil, juice of arka and turmeric can be applied on the affected part.
  6. Mix two teaspoonful of pancha tikta ghrita guggul in warm milk and have it on an empty stomach. This mixture is an effective remedy for eczema.
  7. Kadirarista mixed with water in equal proportions can be consumed twice daily after meals.
  8. The next time you are faced with allergic skin reactions, try these measures and see the benefits for yourself. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.
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Monsoon Skin Care Tips!

BHMS
Homeopath, Bahadurgarh
Monsoon Skin Care Tips!

Skin care tips

  • Most of the times use soap free cleansers and a good scrub so as to keep your skin moist all the time.
  • An alcohol free toner is suggested as the high humidity could open up your pores (toning is usually followed after cleansing).
  • Most of them stop using sunscreen once the climate turns cool, but you must continue it even if it is cloudy.
  • Heavy makeup is a huge turn off in rains, better if one opts for a water- proof makeup.
  • Opt for a lotion- based serum, which keeps your skin rehydrated and brightens it up.
  • Avoid bleaching and facials in this season, as bleaching could do more harm for your face and facial makes your skin rough.
  • Wash your lips at night and apply some milk cream. Avoid lipsticks especially the dark shaded ones. Apply coconut oil if they are slightly cracked.
  • Waxing, pedicure, and manicure are always recommended to give your skin and body a toned look all the time.
  • Always wash your face, hands and feet as soon as you reach your home with lukewarm water. This makes you feel refreshed and stay healthy.
  • However there are different other methods based on whether the skin is oily or dry. These are the general tips that you must follow as the season begins.

Hair care tips

  • Most of the times try to protect your hair from rains, but that’s something impossible as we get caught in rains at least once in a while.
  • As you reach home better wash your hair with mild shampoos and let it dry.
  • Always apply shampoos in a gentle manner and do not forget to use a conditioner in this season after every wash.
  • At night times, massage your hair with warm coconut oil and comb your hair for the even distribution of oil on your scalp and hair.
  • You can also try applying warm oil mixed with curry leaves for your hair to remain thick and black.
  • Usually in this season you invite itchy scalp because of dandruff or some other reasons. For such irritating scalp applying neem oil is the best remedy.
  • Replacing herbal products in place of heavy organic shampoos and conditioners to maintain the natural glossy look of the hair would be best suggestible.
  • Hair coloring is not a good idea in this season as it takes very long to wash your hair and dry. Keep it as natural as possible.
  • Beer is a good conditioner. Initially wash your hair with beer and after few minutes wash it off with cold water. This tip helps your hair in adding glow to your hair.
  •  Use of hair dryers though necessary it is better suggested if you limit its usage. Instead opt for dry towels to remove moist from your hair.
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Ayurveda - How It Can Treat Hair Loss?

MD, DYA, PGDCR
Ayurveda, Nashik
Ayurveda - How It Can Treat Hair Loss?

Hair loss is not just an aesthetic issue, it also lowers self esteem and confidence level, affecting the overall morale and personality. Ayurveda considers hair loss to be a problem associated with excessive pita and a combination of yoga, meditation, massage oils, and hair products can help cure hair fall. In terms of yoga, there are specific asanas which increase blood flow to the scalp and thereby promote hair growth.

Hair loss also is believed to be an effect of stress and anxiety, so meditation to calm the mind and body plays a great role in controlling hair loss. Light oils like almond oil and castor oil, when warmed and massaged onto the scalp, induce hair growth and can help control hair fall. There are various products which are believed to have a dramatic effect on hair fall.

  1. Bhringaraj: Known as the king of herbs, its literal meaning is “king of hair". It reverses balding, prevents premature graying, and also promotes hair growth. It is available as oil and as powder, its leaves also can be used as a paste that is left in place for a couple of hours and then washed off. The bhringaraj powder can also be mixed with other products like amla and tulsi and coconut oil to give shine to the hair.
  2. Brahmi: This works by promoting growth of the follicles and nourishing the roots. It also reduces dandruff and removes dead skin from the scalp, thereby reducing itchiness. Mixed with curd and lukewarm water and applied on the hair regularly, it can turn the hair shiny and thick. It can also be mixed with ritha, alma, and tulsi for better results.
  3. Ritha: Soap nut powder has been used for centuries to promote hair growth. It has very mild soap and so can be used even daily. Soak it overnight and use the water to wash off hair. It contains saponin which adds to the hair strength and shine.
  4. Shikakai: Meaning “fruit for hair,” this has loads of antioxidants and vitamins which nourish the hair. It retains the natural oils in the scalp, and so adds to the shine and strength of the hair. The powder can be mixed with warm water or oil to form a paste that is applied on the hair and left in place for a couple of hours. It can also be added to tea and then used on the hair.
  5. Neem: Reduces itchiness, cools the scalp, improves blood circulation, and cures the scalp of itchiness, scaliness and dandruff. Water boiled with neem leaves and neem oil produce very good results.

The next time you are worried of hair fall, try these options and see the difference. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Hair Fall - How to Control It Naturally?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hair Fall - How to Control It Naturally?

With changing lifestyles and environmental pollution, hair fall is becoming a bigger issue than it was a few decades ago. People in their 20s and 30s are losing hair, necessitating hair transplant.
Hair fall definitely affects a person’s esthetics, but it is a bigger issue than what just meets the eye. Hair fall especially in men can lead to baldness and when it occurs in the younger years, it affects their overall personality and self-esteem. Hair loss is usually associated with old age and this gives them an appearance much older than they actually are. This can even lead to depression and personality changes.
Ayurveda believes that hair loss has a deep-rooted problem. It believes that a combination of hair products, massage, meditation, and yoga can help in curing hair fall.

There are various products which are believed to have a dramatic effect on hair fall.

  1. Bhringaraj: This literally translates to the “king of hair.” Available for use in various forms like oil, powder or paste, this helps hair health in multiple ways reversing hair loss, promotes growth, and controls premature greying.
  2. Ritha: Ritha and shikakai are used as natural hair wash products for centuries. Minus the chemicals, they are excellent for preventing hair fall and also add to hair shine and strength.
  3. Shikakai: Another natural cleanser for the hair, it is loaded with vitamins antioxidants. It also helps retain the natural oils in the scalp. It can be mixed with water or with tea residue and applied as a paste on the hair.
  4. Brahmi: Another wonder product for the hair, it promotes hair follicles, nourishes the roots, removes dead skin from the scalp, and reduces hair fall. This can be used in combination with amla, tulsi, and curd for combined benefits.
  5. Neem: This again can be used as oil or as a paste. Neem helps hair fall by improving blood circulation, reducing dandruff and reduces itchiness. It has a cooling effect on the scalp.

In addition to these products, Ayurveda has other ways to control hair fall.

  1. Specific yoga asanas are believed to improve hair fall. These asanas which mostly require the person to stand on their head increase blood flow to the scalp and promote hair growth.
  2. A major reason for hair loss is stress and anxiety, and so meditation which helps in stress management can help in controlling hair fall and hair loss.
  3. Various oils like castor oil, coconut oil, neem oil, olive oil, almond oil, etc., can be used at slightly warm temperatures to massage the scalp. This promotes the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

The next time you are worried about hair fall, try these options and see the difference. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurvedic Doctor.

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Some Tips from Ayurveda - 9

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Some Tips from Ayurveda - 9
  1. Boils: Make ashes from dry leaves of Neem and mix it with Neem oil. Use this preparation externally on Boils. And Also take juice of neem leaves regularly.
  2. Gas : take shivakshar pachan churna 2 to 4 grams twice a day after meal.
  3. Fullness of Stomach: Fry Garlic with Til Oil and give to eat in 5 to 10 pieces. Light massage with castor oil over the belly and get steam after massage.
  4. Skin diseases: In each type of Skin disease have to take bath with a water made with Neem leaves and take Manjisthadi Decoction in prescribed quantity.
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Table of Content

Neem Oil
Nutritional Value of Neem Oil
Health Benefits of Neem Oil
Helps in treating skin
Helps get rid of toxins
Treats acne
Reduces inflammation
Contains antioxidants
Protects the skin
Treats fungal infection
Prevents diabetes
Treats malaria
Ensures oral hygiene
Prevents STD
Treats arthritis
Uses of Neem Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem Oil
Origin And Cultivation of Neem Oil