The Benefits and Uses of Neem, the "Wonder Leaf"

We look at the many benefits of neem, a versatile natural product that can be used beneficially on the skin, against cancer and bacteria, and in yogic sadhana.
The Benefits and Uses of Neem, the "Wonder Leaf"

Sadhguru looks at the many medicinal benefits and uses of neem leaves, a versatile natural product that can be used beneficially on the skin, against cancer and bacteria, and in yogic sadhana.

Sadhguru: Neem is a very unique tree and neem leaves are the most complex leaves on the planet. The neem tree has over 130 different biologically active compounds, and the neem leaf is one of the most complex leaves you can find on the planet.

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The Benefits and Uses of Neem, the "Wonder Leaf"

#1 Anti-cancer benefits of neem

Consuming neem every day keeps the number of cancerous cells within a certain limit

Neem has many incredible medicinal benefits, but one of the most important things is, it kills cancerous cells. Everyone has cancerous cells in their body, but normally, they are disorganized. However, if you create certain situations in the body, they will get organized. As long as these cells are loafing around by themselves, it is not an issue. If they all gather in one place and hit it off, it becomes a problem. This is like a shift from petty crime to organized crime. It is a serious problem. If you consume neem every day, it keeps the number of cancerous cells in the body within a certain limit, so that they will not gang up against your system.

#2 Anti-bacterial benefits of neem

The world is full of bacteria. So is the body. There are more microorganisms living in you than you can imagine. Most of these bacteria are helpful. Without them, you would not be able to digest anything. In fact, you cannot exist without them. But some bacteria can cause you trouble. Your body constantly spends energy to manage these bacteria. If excess levels of bacteria occur, you will feel "down" because your defense mechanism has to spend too much energy to fight them. By using neem internally and externally, you can manage these bacteria in such a way that they will not overgrow, and your body will not have to spend too much energy in fighting them. If you consume a certain amount of neem on a daily basis, it will destroy the troublesome bacteria in the intestinal region, and your colon will generally remain clean and free of infection.

By using neem internally and externally, you can manage bacteria so that they will not overgrow

Also, if there is a slight smell in certain areas of the body, it means bacteria are a little more active there. Almost everyone has some minor skin issues but if you wash your body with neem, it becomes clean and radiant. If you rub your body with neem paste before having a bath, let it dry for some time, and then wash it off with water, it will act as a good antibacterial cleanser. Alternatively, you can soak a few neem leaves in water overnight and bathe with this water in the morning.

#3 Benefits of neem for yogic sadhana

Above all, neem generates heat in the body. This generation of heat is supportive for generating intense forms of energy within the system. Different qualities can be predominant in the body – two of these are sheeta and ushna, in traditional terms. The closest word for “sheeta” in English is “cold,” but that is not exactly what it is. If your system moves towards sheeta, the mucus levels in the body will go up. Excess mucus in the system is linked to a variety of conditions, from the common cold and sinusitis to many other issues.

Neem generates heat in the body. This is supportive for generating intense forms of energy

For a hatha yogi, neem is particularly important because it keeps the body slightly oriented towards ushna. Ushna means you have some extra "fuel". For a sadhaka who explores unknown terrain, it is safer to carry an extra can of fuel, just in case your system needs that extra power. You want to keep the fire slightly higher than generally needed. If the body is in a condition of sheeta, you will not be capable of too much activity. But if you keep your body slightly on the ushna side, even if you travel, eat outside, or are exposed to whatever else, this extra fire in you will burn and handle these external influences. Neem is a big support in that direction.

Things to keep in mind

One thing to keep in mind is, when consumed in excess, neem will kill sperm cells. In the first four to five months of pregnancy, when the fetus is developing, pregnant women should not have neem. Neem does not cause any damage to the ovaries but it causes excess heat. When a woman has just conceived and there is too much heat in the body, she may lose the fetus. If a woman is planning to conceive, she should not consume neem because there will be excess heat, and the system will treat the baby like a foreign body.

If a woman is planning to conceive, she should not consume neem because there will be excess heat

If heat increases, certain changes will happen in the system – women will notice this more than men. In case this affects the normal process of the body, we bring the heat down to some extent, but we generally do not want to give up neem because for people who do sadhana, some amount of heat in the system is needed. Once they begin to have neem on a daily basis, some women may find that their menstrual cycles become shorter. In that case, just drink more water. If having more water alone is not sufficient to reduce the heat, add a piece of lemon or the juice of half a lemon to the water. If that is still not enough, have a glass of ash gourd juice, which is very cooling. Another option is castor oil. If you put some of it into your navel, at your anahata, at the pit of the throat, and behind the ears, it will instantly cool the system.

Editor’s Note: 100% natural neem powder can be purchased online at Isha Shoppe, with delivery in India and the United States.

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Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Sadhguru’s discourse at the Isha Hatha Yoga School’s 21-week Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program. The program offers an unparalleled opportunity to acquire a profound understanding of the yogic system and the proficiency to teach Hatha Yoga. The next 21-week session begins on July 16 to Dec 11, 2019. For more information, visit or mail

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3 years 8 months ago

I want to know can we plant a neem tree near or inside our house..... Do it's roots harm the house?

2 years 7 months ago

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4 years 6 months ago

How about trying a Neem haircare solution, like a Neem shampoo and conditioner?

3 years 8 months ago

You certainly can plant outside your home, but inside not sure. Neem trees usually grow very big and they have big roots.

6 years ago

It was very beneficial information. My body always heats up and the tips to cool it down is great..I have to try them. Thank you!

4 years 5 months ago

Will Neem powder help / cure Tinnitus
if so how much a day with food or without food?.

3 years 5 months ago

My three year old has a cold can i boil some neem leaves and give too her?

6 years ago

Pranam Sadhguru Ji,
"If you consume a certain amount of neem on a daily basis, it will destroy the troublesome bacteria in the intestinal region, and your colon will generally remain clean and free of infection." - What does some amount mean? How much of daily consumption is good so that it doesn't kill the sperm cells?

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4 years 3 months ago

according to studies to much bitter is very harmful for the liver and if taken everyday it can destroy the liver. therefore neem should only be taken 3 days a week no matter what the amount is.

3 years 1 month ago

We don't know. Its better to consult your skin doctor.

5 years 11 months ago

I have been using neem for morning brushing of teeth for about 25 years. It gives me fresh feeling of mouth. When I am outside in hotels and use tooth paste for a day i feel very bad the whole day. Usually I carry when I am on a trip out side. Do you say my body gained that much anti bacterial and anti cancerous strength?

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Dear Isha foundation,
I was always under the impression that Neem leaf was used Ayurvedically to have a cooling effect on the body, seemingly contrary to what Sadhguru says here on the blogpost. Is anybody able to clear up my confusion regarding this? Thank you

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no but i will advise you to put oil and massage you head with a good amount of yogurt and then leave the yogurt to dry in hair and when that's done go and just have a bath.

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4 years 3 months ago

The leaf is also used for birth
control and to cause abortions. but as a cleanser externally it is indeed very good but after you wash yourselves with neem cleanser then wash yourselves with normal water twice and if you use tumeric with the the neem it will be very good

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