Neem – a Natural Remedy for Yeast Infections, Part I

Neem is a safe, versatile, organic and natural remedy for yeast infections. It is one of the most ancient and widely-used herbs in the world, yet it’s also relatively un-heard of by people depending upon modern medicine. Once you begin using this plant, you will turn to it first to treat a multitude of conditions; getting rid of a yeast infection is just the beginning.

This article is broken into Part I and Part II. Part I will explain what Neem is, and why it should be in your medicine cabinet. Part II will identify steps you should take to treat a yeast infection, and some detailed treatment suggestions.

So — what is it? Neem (Azadirachta indica A. juss) is the common name for a tree that has been the source of natural remedies for 5,000 years, originating from India. Every part of the tree can be used to improve health: leaf, bark, root, fruit, seed, and flower. Commercial products can use these ingredients singularly or in combination. Historically, a few of the common healing uses of this antiseptic tree include brushing teeth with twigs or bark; leaf tea for oral thrush, reduce symptoms of illness and prevent malarial infection; burning leaves around the body for inhalation of healing smoke; leaves and seed oil placed on infections or wounds; and chewing leaves to induce temporary sterility to prevent conception. Neem has so many uses that different cultures refer to it as “the blessed tree” and “the village pharmacy.”

Neem is an incredibly safe, natural remedy for yeast infections, especially when compared to the harmful side effects of modern pharmaceuticals. It is internationally recognized among the safest herbs. The only caveats are to restrict use on very young infants or the elderly; not for consumption or internal use before or during conception by either sex (due to contraceptive effect); and the oil should not be consumed. When compared, for example, to antibiotics, which weaken the immune system, are harsh on the stomach, and build a toxic load in the body, you can see that Neem is a “natural” when it comes to getting you healthy in a healthy way. In addition, bacteria and the body’s defense system won’t build a resistance to Neem, unlike antibiotics or other medications.

How to treat a yeast infection depends on the type of infection you have. Is it dandruff or excess oral yeast? Or yeast on the skin such as Tinea Versicolor? Or perhaps the infection is a secondary issue, as in psoriasis, eczema, and acne? Infections can also be internal, such as vaginal yeast, or systemic Candidiasis (Candida infection) which can lead to even greater health threats. Pick your poison, because Neem can kill them all.