Neem Rasayana — Known in India as the “Village Pharmacy”, Neem (Azadirachta Indica) is a powerful pitta and kapha balancing rasayana with numerous therapeutic uses.
Neem, also known as nimba or margosa, is regarded by the ancients and modern science alike as a powerful healing herb with diverse applications. Described in the ayurvedic texts as sarva roga nivarini – that which keeps all diseases at bay, or arishtha – reliever of disease, neem has been used in the ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years to maintain health. The roots, bark, gum, leaves, fruit, seed kernels and seed oil are all used in therapeutic preparations for both internal and topical use.
Neem has a positive effect on many of the body’s internal systems – respiratory, circulatory, digestive and eliminative. Its universal healing ability merits its designation as a rasayana – a class of elite herbs known for their powerful positive influence on the physiology.
Some Specific Benefits of Neem:
Neem is regarded as a powerful supporter of the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Thus it helps support natural immunity, and helps protect the body from free radical damage. Free radicals have been implicated in a number of diseases as well as premature aging.
Because it offers the bitter and astringent tastes, Neem is especially helpful for balancing Pitta and Kapha doshas.
Neem leaves are regarded by ayurvedic healers as an effective internal cleanser. Neem leaves have a powerful purifying effect on the blood and help cleanse the liver and skin of toxins. Our Neem leaf formulation is certified organic, and packed when the leaves are fresh and potent. Neem leaf tea with a dash of honey can help soothe a dry irritated throat.
Neem bark is cooling and astringent, and is particularly helpful when taken internally for Pitta – related issues such as excess stomach acid and premature thinning and graying of the hair. It is also helpful in alleviating tiredness and helps maintain oral health, including healthy gums. We offer a certified organic, pure, powdered Neem bark formulation. Externally, neem bark has been used to clean the teeth and gums. It helps maintain oral health and purifies the breath because of its anti-bacterial property. Our Neem bark tooth powder combines neem with clove, also known to be good for the teeth and gums, for a powerful natural aid to dental health.
Neem’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties have been well known for centuries and find extensive application today in soaps, shampoos and other skin formulations.
Neem is regarded as a Twacha Rasayana in the ayurvedic literature – an herb that is good for the skin. Neem has a purifying and clarifying effect, drawing out excess oil and smoothing out blemishes, so it’s wonderful for persons with Kapha (earth or water predominant) skin. It is also soothing for dry, irritated skin when combined with aloe vera or rose water. Because its cooling nature, neem is also helpful for Pitta-related skin inflammation. Try our Neem salve or Neem oil to care for your skin.
Neem also helps maintain healthy nails. Our nail enhancing formula can help restore brittle or yellowed nails with regular use.
Taking neem internally also helps keep skin, hair and nails healthy. In addition to maintaining the color and strength of hair, neem can also help with a dry, flaky scalp and lice. Mix a few drops of pure Neem oil with a base oil such as coconut for Pitta and sesame for Kapha and apply comfortably warm oil to the scalp, covering the hair strands as well. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave on overnight or for as long as you can before you shampoo.
Neem is also regarded as chakshushya – an herb that is good for the eyes.