Neem: A Perfect, Imperishable and Complete Herbal Way of Life
Neem tree is native to India. It is also known as ‘Azadirachta indica. In Sanskrit Neem is arista which means – perfect, imperishable, and complete. Every part of the Neem is beneficial -- be it its seeds, twigs, flowers, or leaves. In Ayurveda, Neem is known for centuries for its medicinal properties. It has around 150 compounds in it such as – Nimbin, nimandil, etc. These compounds are very helpful in treating many health problems.
The benefits of Neem leaves have been known for centuries. Neem tree is found almost in every Indian household; particularly the rural ones.
Neem is best known for its medicinal properties. Most parts of neem are extremely bitter with the exception of flowers.
Neem flowers have a sweet taste, almost like jasmine. The flowers have many therapeutic qualities. They are very beneficial in treating anorexia, nausea, intestinal worms, and belching. In South India, they are used in preparing a number of dishes like flower rice, pacahdi, rasam, etc.
Benefits of Various Parts of Neem:
Wound Healer: A paste of Neem leaves if applied on wounds or insect bites a few times a day till it heals, can do wonders.
Helpful in Removing Dandruff: Dandruff is a common problem of hair. A bunch of Neem leaves should be put in a pan of water and then the water should be boiled till the water turns green and then allows it to cool. This should be applied on hair after washing and it can do wonders.
Helpful in treating Skin Problems: A paste of Neem leaves should be applied daily till the acne dries out. This paste is also helpful in treating any kind of eruptions, ulcers or dark spots. Neem paste is also useful in treating many other skin problems like eczema, ringworms and some other mild skin problems. It has detoxifying qualities that help it in treating skin disorders.
Helps in treating Problems of Ear: Some honey should be blended with Neem leaves. A few drops of this mixture is very helpful in treating many problems of the ear.
Boosts Immunity: Crushed Neem leaves taken with a glass of water increases immunity.
Anti-ageing: Neem oil is very nourishing for skin. It helps look skin younger and thus reduces wrinkles. It also helps in fighting pimples and skin blemishes.
Good for Bones: Neem leaves contain powerful calcium and mineral content in them. It helps in building strong bones and reduces any sort of inflammation.
Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial: The leaves of Neem are used to treat fungal and bacterial infections. Neem leaves are also very beneficial in treating chickenpox. The paste of the Neem leaves should be applied on the affected area. Neem is also very helpful in treating foot fungi.
Good for Teeth: Chewing Neem twigs (Neem kee datum) is ages old Indian tradition. It is very helpful to have white teeth. Neem is also very beneficial in decreasing the culture and germs of the microorganism from attacking the human body. It promotes fresh breath, and prevents decay of teeth. Neem fights plaque formation and helpful in fighting oral diseases like gingivitis.
Helpful in treating Ulcers: Neem is very helpful in treating gastric ulcers. Extract from the bark of the Neem tree can be helpful in controlling ulcers by inhibiting the secretion of gastric acids.
Have Anti-cancer Properties: According to a study, Neem may have anti-cancer properties. However, more studies are needed to prove this.
Other Benefits of Neem
- Neem can act as a good insecticide. Neem soaked cotton placed near a window or by burning neem leaves ward off insects. Neem is also considered extremely beneficial and effective to fight mosquito menace.
- Neem is extremely useful in organic farming. The popular Neem seed cake, which is left after extracting Neem oil, is very beneficial for enriching the soil. It is rich in nitrogen, thus it is helpful in bringing down nitrogen loss.
Side Effects of Neem
Neem is considered quite safe for adults, if taken for a short period. However, for children it should be used after taking advice from the physician. Since it is quite beneficial in diabetes, it could interfere with routine medication and lower down the blood sugar level, which might prove dangerous.
Neem, though have a bitter taste can be extremely beneficial in many ailments. It could be quite effective in fevers like malaria, dengue, etc. It won’t be wrong to say that neem is a pharmacy in itself. It is a complete imperishable and perfect herbal way of life.