Neem, Azadirachta indica, is a fast-growing tree of the mahogany family (Meliaceae), valued as a medicinal plant, as a source of organic pesticides, and for its timber. All parts of the tree, its flowers, bark, stem, twigs, seed, and leaves are packed with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties and have been used to make medicines, soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste, and mosquito repellants.
Compounds found in the leaves of the neem tree are powerful antifungal agents that destroy fungi, which cause certain rashes, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and nail fungus. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of neem are used in treating chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema, itching, rosacea, and fungal infections.
In hair care, neem helps repair damaged hair, restore sheen, and encourage hair growth.