Neem Leaves Capsules & Oil As Natural Birth Control Contraceptive Pill, Lubricant & Spermicide: Other Medicinal Uses & Benefits
Neem leaves are used for culinary purposes in India, where it is found in abundance. But, beyond its culinary uses, neem leaves and other neem products have been used for their medicinal properties.
Neem, known in India as the Indian Lilac, finds usage in the treatment of various health conditions such as in reducing inflammation and in treating wounds.
In this article, we shall take a look at the use of the leaves and oil of the neem plant in birth control, as well as for other medicinal purposes.
What is neem?
Neem is a large evergreen tree native to tropical and subtropical regions like the East Indies or the Indian subcontinent. Neem belongs to the Meliceae family of trees that include many timber and ornamental trees.
Neem, which is also known by its botanical name Azadirachta indica, is considered as one of a group of herbal plants that have various medicinal properties. Virtually all parts of the neem plant have different medicinal uses. For instance, the leaves and berries are used in making toothpaste. The oil extracted from the seeds or leaves is aromatic and has been used since ancient times as a birth control lubricant.
Neem as a natural contraceptive
While there are many effective contraceptives in the market today, only a few of them come with little or no side effects. Man-made contraceptives and birth control pills come with side effects like abnormal hormonal changes. This is where natural contraceptives – like neem – come into play.
Based on available research results and studies, there have not been any apparent side effects of using neem as a natural contraceptive. The most that happens with using neem is a reduction in sperm motility in men. However, you need to be cautious of overuse as it can affect the liver.
Another advantage of using natural contraceptives and spermicides like neem is the fact that they are not as uncomfortable as artificial contraceptives.
Using neem oil as a contraceptive lubricant for women
Various studies have found that neem oil can be used for preventing pregnancy in women. As previously stated, the oil works by slowing down the movement of sperm with the sperm cells losing motility within about 30 seconds.
Women who apply neem oil to their vagina before intercourse can effectively reduce their chances of getting pregnant. The studies showed that this method can be used to achieve 100% efficiency in pregnancy prevention.
More recent studies also suggest that neem oil destroys spermatozoa in the vagina within 30 seconds of contact, and can last for up to five hours.
Neem oil for protection against STDs
Aside from the lubricating action of neem oil in women, it can also be used to prevent the transmission of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). This is due mainly in part to the antimicrobial properties of neem. More studies are still being conducted on the effectiveness of neem in fighting different STDs, including HIV-1.
Neem leaf as a contraceptive for men
Experiments conducted on male monkeys have found that ingestion of neem leaf extracts can be used to lower fertility without lowering sperm production or sexual desire.
NOTE: Neem oil should not be ingested, especially by children, because the effects of internal use of the liquid have not been clarified yet.
Medicinal benefits of neem
We have considered the use of neem leaves and oil in preventing conception in women, now, we shall take a brief look at some other uses of neem:
- Acne treatment: Neem leaves can be used in treating various skin conditions, including acne. All you need to do is to pour some neem leaves in boiling water and allow to steep. Filter the liquid and store in a container. Then, every time you are to have your bath, add some of the neem water to our bathing water. Alternatively, you can try crushing the neem leaves and mixing with a little water to make a paste, and then apply on the acne.
- Dandruff treatment: Many hair care products like shampoos contain neem extracts. The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of neem make it useful in these products. Hence, hair problems like dandruff and hair loss can be remedied by using neem leaves. You can benefit from neem leaves for your hair health by washing the hair with a cup of previously boiled neem leaves.
- Prevention of chronic diseases: Neem leaves are rich nutritionally, making them ideal for providing the body with vital nutrients. Apart from this, the presence of different powerful antioxidants in the leaves means that using them will help to boost the body’s immunity against diseases and infections.
- For digestive health: Digestive and gastrointestinal problems like stomach ulcer and constipation can be treated using neem leaves. Drinking neem tea is a natural way of protecting the body from stomach problems, as well as in maintaining gut flora. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory property of neem is important in the treatment of bloating.
- Detoxification: Neem is rich in many antioxidants and phytonutrients, which play a role in detoxification. Neem leaves can be used to cleanse the body of toxins and waste products by promoting the operation of the kidneys, skin and liver – the major excretory organs in the body. You can brew tea using the leaves and drink to detoxify your body.
- Regulation of diabetes: Neem leaves extract and neem seed oil have both been found to possess blood sugar-reducing properties. In addition, neem leaves help to complement the insulin levels in the body, and help diabetics to reduce their dependence on insulin.
- For oral health: Neem products are also beneficial in promoting oral health. It is little wonder why many natural oral health products include neem in their ingredient list. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of neem leaves can help in treating and preventing oral problems like halitosis and tooth decay. You can apply neem leaves paste on your gum and teeth for gum disease or tooth decay.
- Anti-fungal properties: Fungal diseases like ringworm and candidiasis can be treated with neem oil or neem leaf extract. Other disease-causing fungi that can be combated with neem products include geotricum, epidermophyton, and trichophyton.
- For treating conjunctivitis: You can prepare eyewash from neem leaves for treating conjunctivitis. All you have to do is to get some fresh neem leaves and pour into a cup of boiling water and leave to boil for about 10 minutes. When the water is cool, strain and use in washing the eyes.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Neem leaves have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be useful in treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis and back pain. You can also apply neem oil topically on aching joints and muscles to reduce the pain and swelling.
- Malaria treatment: Another medicinal use of neem leaves is in the treatment of malaria fever. Neem is loaded with many powerful chemical compounds such as gedunin, which has anti-malaria properties. Chewing on neem leaves can help in treating malaria symptoms. You can also benefit from the leaves by crushing some and exposing them to areas prone to mosquito breeding. Doing this will help to prevent the inhibit mosquito breeding.
- Good for the heart: It has been proven that neem leaves can help to initiate vasodilation in the body, thereby, promoting blood circulation and reducing the risk of heart failure. In addition, neem leaves extract have detoxifying properties that should be helpful in combating free body radicals responsible for many health problems.
- Cancer treatment: Neem leaves also find use in cancer treatment. This is largely attributed to the presence of polysaccharides in the leaves. Apart from the polysaccharides in neem leaves, liomnoids are also present and are helpful in combating cancer cells.
- For burns and wounds: You can also use neem water to treat skin burns and wounds effectively. The antimicrobial property of neem will help to prevent infection of the wounds, while the antioxidants present will accelerate the healing process.
- Skin moisturizer: If you desire a smooth and soft skin, then you should consider using neem leaves extract. Along with the natural exfoliating properties of neem paste, you can get a youthful looking skin with fewer blemishes.
- Skin toner: Besides its use for treating acne and as a skin moisturizer, neem leaves can also be used to clear dark spots and blackheads on the skin. For this purpose, use a cotton ball to apply previously boiled and filtered neem water on the affected skin area.
- Chickenpox treatment: Yet another wonderful power of neem is in the treatment of chickenpox. If you know someone that has chickenpox, advise the person to soak in a bath of neem water. The soothing effect of neem will help to prevent the spread of the disease.
- For sore throat: Neem water can also be used as a natural remedy for sore throat. The method is as simple as gargling with neem water to relieve the sore throat.
- For insect bites: Massaging insect-bitten skin with neem leaves extract is a natural way of treating such problems. This benefit is attribute to the fact that neeem leaves contain anticoagulants. In addition, neem leaves contain azadirachtin, which is regarded as a natural insect repellant.
- Scabies: If you have scabies and you feel that your medications are harsh on your skin, you can try neem oil. Besides being an effective natural remedy for scabies, neem oil is mild on the skin. Just mix the neem oil with some turmeric powder to make a paste, and then, apply to the skin and hair.