Neem is known as sarva roga nivarini – the cure for all diseases, and is seen as a magic potion for health and beauty in India. It is mixed into masks, drank as tea and even used to protect clothes from infestation. Because of these insecticidal qualities it is banned in Canada and the UK, as that technically makes it a poison. But almost all great cures have poisonous components, neem is not different.
Scientists have proven what Ayurveda always stated – that neem has potent antifungal, antibacterial properties along with being a strong insecticide. 140 components from the neem tree can be used for therapeutic purposes and every part of the tree - the leaves, the bark, the root, the flower and the fruit – have been employed in traditional medicines for centuries. It is a potent powerful tree with the potential to purify the blood and body of bad microbes and toxins, to treat eczema and psoriasis, to increase immunity as well as boost the metabolism, so neem should be an essential component of every anti-acne routine. The paste of neem leaves, when applied on a breakout, kills bacteria and fungus and reduces the intensity of the pimples. Neem is a very potent plant and must not be consumed for more than a month. When taken over a short period it can kill bad bacteria, however over long term it can also kill the good bacteria and even have an anti-fertility effect.
Purifying Neem Tea
- 2-3 neem leaves
- 1/2 an amla
- 1-2 peppercorns
- 1/2 inch piece ginger, crushed
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Crush the neem leaves with amla, peppercorns and crushed ginger. Boil this in 200ml (a large glass0 of water. After the water comes to a boil, take it off the heat and let the ingredients steep for 5 minutes. Strain and add honey, if required. In summer leave out the peppercorns as it is too hot.