Neem (Azadirachta indica) Also known as nimtree or Indian lylac has some very powerful healing qualities. Neem trees are a part of the mahogany family of trees, Meliaceae. They are generally found in tropical and subtropical zones and grow well in Australia. In fact, I have two neem trees in my garden which I utilize for a few products. Neem leaves have particularly strong antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, used in medicines, tooth paste, and even used as birth control as it is a spermicide, for this reason, neem is not recommended to be ingested by women who are pregnant or nursing. Neem is said to work as a powerful natural insecticide, when added to a mixture of molasses & water, you spray it over your garden for an organic alternative to pesticide.
It is said to get rid of head lice, purify the blood, detox the body, and even boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Using neem in skincare products assists with pigmentation, reduces acne, as well as helps to treat fine lines & wrinkles.
Neem has a long and interesting history. It has been used in ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years, tracing back to the ancient Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro civilizations in India.
As neem is synonymous at ridding the body of toxins and fungi I would recommend using the herb in protection spells, anointing candles, and decorating ones green altar :)
Friendship Herbals products featuring neem:
- Vitality & Skin Brightening Hemp Beauty Bar
- Vibrant Skin Bath Tea