Neem is a medicinal herb that’s been a part of standard remedies dated back almost 5000 years ago. It is also known as Neemba in Sanskrit or Azadirachta Indica in English. It is native to Indian Subcontinent i.e. India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and SriLanka. It is typically grown in Indian tropical ad sub-tropical region. We can extract many things from the neem tree like Neem oil which is obtained from the seed within the fruit. In the same way other parts of the tree like leaves, bark, twigs, flowers and roots can be used for different medicinal uses.
Neem is bitter in taste and thus is considered as a pitta pacifier due to its bitterness. Moreover, it has a cooling effect which helps in making the blood healthy and balances the pitta dosha.
In traditional times, Neem is a beneficial herb used medicinally by local population. It is used in modern era also in these ways:
- Neem wood can be used as a firewood or charcoal
- The neem bark is used in dyeing, tanning etc
- The seed is used in methane gas production
- The neem cake can be used as a natural pesticide, livestock feed and fertilizer
- Neem oil is used in the production of cosmetics such as facila cream,nail polish,nail oil etc
- It is also added in the production of the soaps
- Neem oil is also a very effective mosquito repellent
Neem has various other benefits also:
- Infectious Disease:
Neem leaves have been used to cure the viral diseases. You can make the neem paste and apply it to the affected area. It is very useful for treating the warts, chicken pox and small pox. This is because neem absorbs the virus and prevents it from entering the unaffected area.
Moreover, boiling the neem and taking a bath from that water helps in preventing various skin ailments such as eczema, cold sores and warts. It provides a soothing effect from itching and irritation.
Neem leaves are known for cleansing the blood and controlling high blood sugar. Drinking neem infused boiled water purifies the blood, removes toxins defending, improves blood circulation and decreases the elevated heart rate. It relaxes the erratic heart beats and controls high blood pressure.
3.Maintains Oral Hygiene and health:
The Neem oil helps in preventing the gum ailments. Moreover, the anti-bacterial properties present in the neem helps to fight the Streptococcus mutans present in our mouth which can lead to mouth sores or even the bad breath. So, there are mouth washes which contain the neem extracts are available abundantly and used to cure oral issues.
Neem is also used to cure the malaria fevers. One of the neem component gedunin is very effective in curing the malaria. Consuming the neem leaves is an approved treatment of malaria.
There are many studies which show anti-cancer-effects of neem preparations and extracts. Neem bark leaves contain Polysaccharides and liomnides which are beneficial for alleviating cancer and tumor cells.
So, these are some of the uses and benefits of neem. Thus, I encourage you to increase the intake of neem in your life either by taking herbal supplements or external uses. The healing properties of neem will surely benefit you.