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A tree native to tropical and semi-tropical countries including India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tree in the mahogany family. Noted for its drought resistance, it can tolerate high to very high temperatures and is considered a life-giving tree, because it provides shade in the drought-prone areas.

Neem is considered an integral component to Ayurvedic medicine for its usefulness in managing a range of skin conditions. A number of phytochemicals (plant based chemicals) have been extracted from the plant and these are thought to give neem anthelmintic (anti worm), antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects. Neem is used:

•As a spermicide (although studies are lacking regarding its efficacy for this use)
•To treat scabies (again, studies confirming its efficacy are lacking)
•To manage acne and maintain skin elasticity
•As a mosquito and pest repellent
Some preliminary studies show that neem may be helpful in helping to prevent malaria, however there are no clinical studies to support its use in this application.

Neem has been used for centuries as either a topical or internal supplement. There is considerable anecdotal evidence to support its use in a range of conditions, including skin conditions that involve inflammation. While more studies would be welcome, if you would like to incorporate neem into your skin care regimen, here are some products to consider:

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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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