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Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Note: Herbal monographs are an effective way to present information on an individual herb, however please be aware that these are for information and eduction purposes only. We always advise seeing a professional medical herbalist if you are taking medication, pregnant or are suffering from a medical complaint.

Name: Azadirachta indica (Meliacae) Neem
Parts Used: leaf, seeds, bark, twigs, roots
Native To:
India, common in Asia and Africa
Trad Use: The twigs were used as a natural toothbrush. Swollen gums.
Mod Use: Anti-inflammatory, alterative, antipyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, bitter.
Infusion: 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful of the leaf into a cup of boiling water, infused for 5 to 10 minutes. Applied topically, used as a mouthwash or taken internally.
Oil: Applied topically to the skin or scalp, may be used in a cream or diluted in another oil.
Skin: inflammatory skin conditions; eczema, psoriasis, acne. Infections; ringworm, lice.
Mouth: toothache, gingivitis.
Digestion: intestinal inflammation, some parasitic infections.
Triterpines: azadarachtin
Alkaloids: nimbin, nimbidin,
Contraindications: Not recommended if preganant or breastfeeding, Seed oil not for internal use.
References: References