The Neem tree is referred to in the Hausa language as Dogon Yaro. It is a tree in the mahogany family, neem is ubiquitous in Northern Nigeria, with broad dark brown stem and widely spread branches.
The leaf is replete with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. So is every part of the tree, be it the leaves, twigs, bark, seeds, root, fruits or flowers,
It is used in traditional treatment for multiple issues ranging from inflammation, fever, infection, skin disease and dental disorders.
Loaded with anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. It is a remedy for almost all your health concerns.
The leaf is loaded with numerous health and skin benefits and can be consumed as tea or just chewing a twig freshly plucked from the tree, has reaped multiple benefits for people since time immemorial.
1. Neem leaf is good for the skin, thus consuming it can remove toxins, and purify the blood. It has strong anti-bacterial properties which work wonders on infections, burns and any kind of skin problems.
A paste of neem leaves and turmeric is used for treating insect bites, itching, eczema, ringworms, and some mild skin diseases.
Chewing this leaf will give you a nourished, purified and radiant skin. It also works for acne and dark spot problems.
2. This leaf is good for the hair, chewing neem leaves can prove beneficial for your hair too, with its high levels of antioxidants. It protects the scalp from oxidative stress caused by the free radicals.
It also stimulates healthy cell division and supports hair follicle growth. If you have dandruff, just wash your hair with water from boiled neem leaves. It also works for undernourished and damaged hair.
3. Neem leaves are good for the eyes, chewing neem can improve your vision. You can use it to treat any kind of eye irritation, tiredness or redness. Boil some neem leaves let it cool completely and then use it to wash your eyes.
4. These leaves boost the immune system and it is rich in antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Chewing neem leaves can prove very effective in strengthening your immune system.
5. It also improves digestion and is excellent for your liver, which automatically enhances general health. Consuming it on a daily basis also destroys excess bacteria in the intestinal region and cleanses your colon. Further facilitating smoother digestion.
6. Chewing these leaves bring multiple dental and oral benefits. The leaf being antibacterial in nature fights germs, It also prevents you from having gum infection. Chewing neem can also make your teeth white.
It is best pregnant women do not eat neem, especially in their 3rd trimester, because the leaf is strong. Consumption of neem produces immense internal heat, which could prove hazardous to the fetus. A woman who is planning to conceive should steer clear from neem leaves. The excess heat would begin to treat the fetus like a foreign body.