Neem (azadirechta indica) has been called the plant which “protects the village” for thousands of years. It is best known for its ability to remedy infectious diseases as a powerful anti-viral. Cold and bitter in nature, neem balances Pitta and Kapha doshas. Neem repels any type of “intruder”, whether that be on plants, on the skin, or internally in the human body.
The specific action of neem works on the Pitta and Rakta (blood) locations of the human body, ie the liver, stomach, blood, and skin. Traditionally in Ayurveda, neem is incorporated into treatments for healthier hair and skin, prevention of acne, and liver/blood detoxification. It is a very bitter and cooling herb, making it especially great for Pitta doshas or Pitta imbalances. Summertime is also a wonderful season to start incorporating neem as the external world gets hotter!
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Neem can also support the cleansing of parasites. Because of its powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, it keeps the gut free of unwanted residents. For the same reason, its a healthy immunity builder and helps to prevent allergies.
Also known as Nimba, neem is a household essential. Traditionally in India if a child got chickenpox, they would sleep on a bed of neem leaves and be cured within a few days! It is amazing for skin and hair health when used as an external wash. Neem powder is the ultimate tooth powder, too! Try using it as a natural toothpaste replacer.
At the spiritual level, neem is known for its ability to balance hormones to help one live the yogic value of Brahmacharya: transcending lust. Neem balances and brings harmony to the lower chakras. This is one of the reasons Neem tea is taken every morning by yogis. As HDH Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam says, “If you are having bitter relationships in your life, just start drinking bitter neem juice every morning. The problem will be solved...you will release healing, compassionate vibes.”
Please do not take if pregnant, breastfeeding, or ill. Do not take while on immunosuppressant drugs. Consult your healthcare practitioner before taking with any other medications.