The neem tree is a fast-growing tree which belongs to the mahogany family (Meliceae). It is commonly known as ‘dongoyaro’ in Nigeria. It is a valuable medicinal plant and has low toxicity for mammals. Neem trees are practically entirely beneficial(almost all parts are useful), and their antioxidant, antifugal and antibacterial properties are the basis of their medicinal and cosmetic uses. Some of its uses include;

  • Neem leaves have been used in the traditional treatment of diabetes over the years, with scientific evidence that it contains chemicals that help to control blood sugar levels and to heal ulcers.
  • It is used in skin and hair products such as soaps, creams, oils and shampoos to treat dandruff and skin conditions such as acne.
  • Neem oil is used as insect and mite repellent, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides.
  • Neem oil and leaves can be used for birth control but if consumed by a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage.
  • It is used to treat urinary disorders, low sperm counts, haemorrhoids, cough and asthma.
  • Neem bark is used to treat malaria, fever, stomach and intestinal ulcers and skin diseases.
  • Neem boosts dental and oral health through cleaning of the teeth and gums, it is used to make dental products such as mouthwash and toothpaste and also used to treat a toothache and gingivitis.

Neem products should be used with caution and not used excessively.

Grace Alo

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