Dangers from neem powder application on scalp

I am 29 and I suffer from hair loss. I just discovered that neem powder (along with amla, shikakai powder etc) can help with the hair problem if you mix them with coconut oil and apply it on the head twice a week.

But then I read that the use of neem is suspected to negatively affect the fertility of a woman.

So please, since I want to try to get pregnant in the following year, I would like to know if I better stay away from neem powder?
Thank you in advance for answering.

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External use of neem vs internal use
by: Birgit

Hi Alice,

The use of neem is not suspected to affect fertility, it has been shown in many research studies to affect fertility. Internal use, that is.

The page about neem and birth control goes into detail about this, and the page about the side effects of neem also has some information.

Keep in mind how neem was used in those studies.

Now let me ask you, if you rubbed anti baby pills across your scalp, do you think it would affect fertility? Does touching them make you infertile?

No, you have to eat them and you have to do so very regularly. You stop, you become pregnant. (Maybe.)

It's the same for neem. You have to ingest or inject it to affect conception or a pregnancy.

I think it would be awesomely handy if I could avoid pregnancy long term, just by indulging in some beauty treatments, but unfortunately that kind of treatment has yet to be invented :-).

Go ahead and try your neem powder.

How can that happen?
by: Anonymous

This is a wrong blog. Neem can never create dangers when applied in any form anywhere on your skin.

My horrible neem expierience,
by: Anonymous


I am a 22 year old monk from Canada living in Bangalore. Just 2 days ago some others in my ashram were taking panch neem powder(I guess its powder from 5 parts of the neem tree) for detoxing benefits. I had taken it once many months before and nothing had happened. This time it was a fresh package, and especially powerful blend. What happened was I took a big heaping teaspoon of it and mixed it with some water and drank it on an empty stomach. Within 10-15 minutes I started to feel a bit woozy and then lied down on the floor. By body soon began to tense up and tremble, every muscle in my body became like a rock and my whole body was shaking. Luckily some friends were there to see what was happening... they suggested that the neem powder must have sucked all the glucose from the body so the muscles are tensing, so they force fed me some honey, and sugar cane juice, through my locked uncontrollable jaw. Within a few minutes a second tensing happened and I was unable to breathe and open my mouth. As my face started to turn purple and blue, my care takers managed to lift me up under my back which forced my diaphragm open then and I was then able to breathe through my nostrils.

It has been 2 days since the incident and am almost recovered. I still feel sick and my liver is in serious pain.

Can you please explain to me why this had happened? Or if you have heard of other such incidents. Also what I can do for my liver?

Thank you.

To Anonymous Monk
by: Anonymous

As you took neem internally before without incident, it could be that you developed an allergy after your first neem powder tea and so caused allergic reaction upon second encounter, or, perhaps what was in the package was not really neem at all - sometimes a low quality manufacturer can make a mistake in identifying the materials. I would not try taking neem again if I were you - if it is an allergy, and people can be allergic to almost anything, you might not be so lucky next time. Please be safe. I have many allergies & sensitivities but neem is okay for me. Everyone is different.

Dirt in Neem Powder?
by: Anonymous

The more I drank neem powder mixed in water the more I could tolerate and even love the bitter taste. Now I've also discovered "Sweet Neem" by accident and found out it's also called "Curry Leaf." So I was ready to try the bitter neem again. Just now I opened it and am drinking it. This one from Sona Spices U.S.A. isn't like the first. It seems it contains dirt. Is this sometimes a problem, or could I be wrong? I don't want to throw it away.

by: Anonymous

Hey! I was using neem powder to clean my body. Was using every morning and every night before bed! Guess what, one week later found out that I was pregnant 3 weeks! So I think it's save to put on your hair, but I don't recommend to use it internal!
Good luck!
Hope my answer was helpful.

Too much neem
by: Anonymous

To the anonymous monk: you took too much neem. Everything in moderation. Too much neem is toxic, especially to your liver, and that's why you had liver pain. Half a teaspoon or a leveled teaspoon is enough and safe for the liver. Too much can actually kill the liver. Otherwise neem is good for detoxification and where I come from it is known to cure up to 40 diseases.

Preservative allergy
by: Anonymous

It's an allergy of low grade preservatives used in Powder. You check having fresh neem leaves boiled in water, strained and consume. You will not experience any such ill effects. So, it's not the Neem but the preservative that created the disaster.

Neem leave or lokojaro leave, in my dialect.
by: Udeme Cosmas, Nigeria

If I mix coconut oil, curry leave, hibiscus flower and lokojaro leave can it stop grey hair, grow long hair and remove dandruff?

Can it tint my hair?
by: Anonymous

Can Neem powder leave a green tint in my hair if I have blonde color treated hair?

by: Anonymous

In regard to get pregnant, neem has nothing to do with it. Only the sperm of the man stands important to make the women pregnant. So instead of researching with neem please check the condition of the genetic organ of the man and test the sperm. If all is ok then women will get pregnant immediately within an hour after completion of intercourse.

by: Anonymous

What ever said in this about neem and fertility is absurd and wrong. Anyone and everyone can enjoy the fruit of neem and its goodness. Do not believe that neem is bad for fertility. Someone is trying to defame for their personal gain.

Neem Colors hair?
by: Colette

Does Neem powder change the color of the hair?

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