Neem extract is a highly concentrated form of neem, which consists of chemicals distilled from the bark and leaves of the Azadirachta indica tree and suspended in a liquid usually comprised of alcohol and glycerin. The extract, typically applied with an eye dropper in daily dosages of between five to 15 drops, is believed to be more powerful than capsules and loose neem powder. An Ayurvedic agent full of terpenoids and fatty acids, neem extract has been lauded for its ability to fight parasites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Herbalists often recommend neem extract as an anchor for dental hygiene. For swollen gum tissue that is bleeding, a few drops of the extract can be applied directly to the gum line or massaged into the infected tissue to immediately halt bleeding and begin healing the diseased area. The anti-bacterial nature of the extract makes it effective in fighting gingivitis when used as an oral rinse; many neem users make the rinse by diluting 10 drops of the extract in a cup (240 mL) of water. This concoction can be used for gargling and swishing, but should not be swallowed. Neem extract is extremely strong and can sting and burn sensitive tissues if not diluted.
In addition to oral health, neem extract an also be used for immune system support. Additionally, patients with diabetes often use the botanical extract to regulate blood sugar. The herbal extract has also become popular as a detoxification supplement since studies show it has blood-cleansing powers. The anti-fungal properties of neem extract make it useful in fighting vaginal yeast and athlete’s foot. Digested, the herbal tincture can fight trichosporon, which is a fungus that infects the intestines.
Adults, according to holistic medicinal traditions, can ingest small amounts of neem extract to fight a range of illnesses from meningitis to food poisoning caused by salmonella bacteria or staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Children, however, are often advised not to take neem. Some studies suggest that infants and children digesting neem can suffer convulsions and even brain swelling.
Applied on the skin in diluted form, neem extract can cure a range of dermal diseases. Eczema and ringworm on the nails, feet, and scalp can allegedly be cured by systematic application of neem extract over a period of five to 10 days. The herb also purportedly shows the ability to heal infections related to burned skin, abscesses, and boils. It can also treat scrofula, which is a form of tuberculosis that can infect skin on the neck.