The best way to improve your health is to improve the quality of the food and drinks that go into your body. That doesn’t mean 24/7, nothing but healthy food. It just means that you’re consciously looking for ways to add foods that benefit your health to your daily diet. So that brings me to neem honey benefits. Ever heard of neem honey? It’s not one that you’ll find on just any grocery store shelf, but it might be worth finding whether at a specialty health store or online somewhere. Let’s talk about it!
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What is Neem Honey?
Neem honey is dark honey made by honey bees who take their nectar from the flowers of the neem tree. Neem trees originated in the Himalayas throughout Asia. They can grow in the US, but they flourish in tropical or sub-tropical regions. Neem honey benefits are popularly used for Ayurvedic medicines and herbal medicine in general. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic approach to medicine, including herbal medicine, movement, breathing, etc. It’s a mind, body, and spirit approach.
Neem honey benefits aren’t just in the effects it has on your body, they also extend to the flavor of this natural honey. It has a rich and robust flavor. It has that distinctive essence of honey, but with a dark toffee or gingerbread taste. That rich natural dark toffee flavor deepens the flavor of the foods you’re probably already eating like warm cereals or even pancakes or waffles. So you can easily get neem honey benefits by just replacing your regular honey or adding this one to your rotation.
Benefits of the Neem Tree
Honey is one way to reap the benefits of the neem tree, but its benefits come from more than just neem flowers. Neem leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, and bark are all used as popular remedies in traditional Indian medicine. Even neem seeds have medicinal properties, so no portion of this plant goes unused. Neem oil from the neem tree is used to treat skin diseases or injuries, among other things. You may also see it as an ingredient in insect repellents.
Neem honey and all components of the neem tree have been scientifically proven to provide many health benefits. Let’s get into those below!
What Are the Health Benefits of Neem Honey?
There are many medicinal properties and health-promoting qualities in neem honey that may benefit your overall health!
- Boost the immune system
- Boosts energy levels
- May lower high blood pressure
- May improve digestive health
- Soothes sore throat and may help heal throat infections
- May improve skin conditions
- May reduce fine lines on your skin
- Has powerful anti-inflammatory properties
- May calm nerves and help you relax
- May lower blood sugar levels
- May improve respiratory problems
- May treat skin burns or other skin injuries
- May have an antiulcer effect
- Powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body
- Has strong antifungal properties and antiseptic properties that may help treat infections
Organic raw neem honey is the most beneficial way to consume neem honey. Even though neem honey has many benefits to the internal human body system, it is actually pretty low in nutritional value and high in sugar. So don’t go overboard on consumption. Add it to your diet in moderation for the best results.
Side Effects of Neem Honey or Neem Tree Derivatives
As I always say, natural doesn’t automatically equal safe or safe at any dose/frequency. Especially because even food can interact with medications you might be taking. Everything that enters our bodies has some sort of effect, whether it’s good or bad, and some sort of interaction with what is already there, good or bad.
A teaspoon of honey may not seem like a big deal, and it may not be for the average person. But a teaspoon of neem honey for a person who is on blood pressure medication may end up being a big deal. Since neem honey has been shown to lower blood pressure, it could put you in a dangerous situation to take blood pressure medication and consume neem honey at the same time. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consume neem honey if you’re on blood pressure meds. You should, because it could be a natural way to get your blood pressure numbers trending in the right direction and get you off unnecessary medications. But you should not attempt this without talking to your doctor so they know they need to monitor and adjust your medication to reflect the effects of neem honey and whatever other dietary measures you’re taking to improve your blood pressure.
With that said, if you have any health concerns or are taking medications for any health conditions, you should consult your doctor before consuming neem honey. If you are considering consuming neem tree derivatives such as neem oil, tinctures, etc, for medicinal purposes, you should always consult a clinical herbalist or a functional medicine doctor to be sure consumption of neem is right for you and that you take it in an appropriate dose/frequency.