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The Many Uses of Neem

Uses of neemI recently told you about a few of my experiences with Neem and mentions briefly some of the uses of Neem. Ever since discovering Neem, we have kept a constant supply in our medicine cabinet because of it’s many uses! It is also very effective! Wouldn’t you love a natural remedy for many of your daily health and body care ailments? No more relying on expensive prescriptions but using a natural homeopathic treatment?

Let me just show you some of the many uses of Neem; and you may see why I think it is something every medicine cabinet should stock!


What is Neem?

Neem is a natural herbal remedy that is found originally in India and Southeast Asia. It is one of the oldest documented medicinal herbs on the planet and is even featured in Vedic texts dating back to the 6th century BCE. Neem has been used used for both topical and internal medical treatments for a vast variety of conditions including skin care, digestive care, and even oral care!

All parts of the tree are believed to have medicinal properties (seeds, leaves, flowers and bark). Besides its use in traditional Indian medicine, the neem tree is of great importance for its anti-desertification properties and possibly as a good carbon dioxide sink. In India neem is known as “Sacred Tree,” “Heal All,” “Nature’s Drugstore,” “Village Pharmacy” and “Panacea for all diseases”.

Uses of Neem:

Tooth and Gum Care: As I mentioned, Neem bark has been used for thousands of years as a natural tooth and gum cleaner! It helps to balance out the bacteria in our mouth, and cleans gently without harming the enamel of our teeth. Even Dr OZ endorsed the efficiency of using Neem for oral care as it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps prevent against gum disease.


Athlete’s Foot: Not a topic many like to talk about, but yes sometimes you just get athlete’s food even with proper foot care management. The itching and burning drives you crazy, and the prescription drugs take so long to work! I was living in Germany when I developed my first case of athlete’s foot. In desperation I applied neem cream to my athlete’s foot because I had been 3 days on a prescription with no relief. Within one day the itching had subsided, and within a few more days it had healed up. Each person may have differing results, but for me it was enough to convince me to always have neem on hand!

Pregnant Belly rash: I don’t know why it happens, but with most pregnancies towards the end, the belly skin becomes irritated, itches and develops rashes. Especially if you live in a humid area. I used neem cream with my last pregnancy to help with the incurable itching and rashing. The neem cream combated the itching and even heal up 90% of the rash where the prescription topical creams the Doctor gave me couldn’t even ease the itching!

Uses of neem

Eczema: The neem anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing property help to sooth and calm eczema breakouts. I’ve personally used neem cream on my eczema. Although it doesn’t clear it up 100%, I have seen a dramatic difference in the skin irritation, and the pain and itching have more improvement than when I use my steroid prescription on it’s own. When I have a very bad break out, I immediately reach for the neem cream to help manage the itching and burning.

Acne: Neem has anti-bacterial properties; which help combat acne! Not just a regular break out, but those ones with the deep pimple that doesn’t want to come to a head and hurt really badly! I apply neem cream and instantly the pain is dramatically less, and within a few hours I can see a difference. It’s almost as if it’s drawing out the infection. In 24 hours I see a huge improvement and usually the pimple is all but gone in 48 hours. Of course you may have differing results with different skin types, and different quality of neem creams. But overall, I try to always have Neem cream on hand for my acne break outs!

Cuts, Scratches, Blisters: Neem is an anti-immflamatory herbal remedy that also helps to clear out infections and promotes healing. I’ve personally used neem cream on minor cuts, scratches and popped blister to help clear out the infections and ease the pain. YES, it really does make it hurt less!

Uses of neem


And all this is just what I’ve personally used neem for! Isn’t it amazing all the many uses of neem? You could almost say neem is a cure-all….almost.

Other uses of Neem:

Contraceptives: You can actually use neem leaf, seed and oils; as they have been found to be spermicidal. It has been seen in studies to be 100% effective in preventing pregnancies when used correctly. Neem oil contraceptive can kill sperm in the vagina within 30 seconds and remains active for five hours. It causes no irritation or discomfort like the chemical based spermicidal foams do. Although it does have a rather potent smell.

Combat Malaria: homeopathic neem preparation has shown to be effective for the reduction of malaria attacks in a highly endemic area. It also helps prevent future attacks.

Insect Repellant: It has been shown that neem repels mosquitos and other insects and prevents stapylococcus infections. A much better solution for chemical bug sprays!  

neem oil

Gardening: Neem seed Cake (residue of neem seeds after oil extraction) when used for soil amendment or added to soil,  not only enriches the soil with organic matter but also lowers nitrogen losses by inhibiting nitrification. It also works as a nematicide.

Chicken Pox and Warts: you can use neem leaves to treat chicken pox and warts. Apply to the skin in a paste form or by bathing in water with neem leaves.

Disease healing properties: Neem extracts also help in treating diabetes, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, herpes, allergies, ulcers, hepatitis and several other diseases.

Beauty and Cosmetics: Neem extracts have been used in natural skin care products, shampoos and other beauty treatments. Neem provides unique properties for cleansing skin and scalps, preventing acne breakouts, and healing skin. Neem oil is used in treating dandruff and in lice growth with high success rates.

Uses of neem

Pain Relief & Fever Reduction : Neem can also be used as a low cost pain reliever and fever reducer. In trials, positive results have been obtained for significant analgesic, antipyretic & anti-inflammatory effects.


Other unique features of NEEM:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-parasitic
  •  anti-protozoal
  • anti-viral
  • promotes healing


Forms of Neem:

  • Neem oil
  • neem Cream
  • Neem Seed
  • Neem Leave
  • Neem supplements
  • Neem lotion
  • Neem shampoos, cosmetics, and more
  • Neem water

You can search these many different forms of neem in any internet search engine and find a vast number of uses of neem to be put to use in your own home!

Uses of neem

For more information on Neem and the many uses of neem (aka, my sources) you can visit Neem uses and Benetifts,WikipediaOrganixSouth FAQ’s, Neem Foundation, and Organeem. You can also search “uses of neem” in any internet search engine and find a large supply of articles to help you learn more about neem and the many uses of neem.

Disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases”.

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Elizabeth Towns

Wednesday 13th of June 2012

This is a GREAT post. I am going to get some Neem Cream immediately. I will also look into adding the leaf to soups, etc., even though I live in the MidWest. My kids have food allergies, and I would love to try this to see if it actually helps their digestion.

Tiffany Revels

Wednesday 13th of June 2012

Neem must be what I see them using on Survivor to clean their teeth. I've always wondered what that was. I've never heard of this product before. Thanks for sharing.


Wednesday 13th of June 2012

Wow! Had never heard of this but I'm going to look into it. So many great uses! My son has athletes foot and we can't get it to clear up so maybe this will help! Thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 13th of June 2012

I still remember being made to take neem baths 2 weeks after chicken pox got the better of me and honestly they helped cool the itchy sores.

Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom

Tuesday 12th of June 2012

Wow - never heard of this before - will have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

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