Neem Medicinal Herb
In the world of Ayurveda, neem is a popular medicinal herb that’s been part of traditional remedies that date back almost 5000 years.
Neem is also known as Azadirachta Indica in English or ‘Neemba’ in Sanskrit, the neem tree is a really good example of how nature holds both the problem and the cure.
It’s home to more than 130 different biologically active compounds! No wonder it’s such an effective anti-viral and anti-bacterial, along with being a powerful immuno-stimulant.
Neem Leaves Uses
Neem leaves are widely sought after and are a major industry in the subcontinents, as these valuable leaves can be used for many different things.
The oil from the leaves can be extracted and used in a wide variety of medicines, while the leaves can be dried and used as an herb or even as a pest repellent.
In many areas of India, the shoots and flowers of the tree are also used in culinary applications.
The Medicinal Uses of Neem
Neem Leaves as Insecticide
Neem leaf is an amazing insecticide. The best way to use it is by putting fresh neem leaves in books, cabinets, beds etc. this helps in keeping the insects out. These can also be laid around the garden to safeguard crops from insects.
Neem Protects Against Malaria
As per the American Journal of Therapeutics, neem leaf and its extracts fight against malaria carrying mosquitoes for upto 12 hours. Its usage as a mosquito repellent is quite popular in tropical African and Asian countries.
Neem Leaves Control Diabetes
Neem leaves can control the blood sugar effectively by approximately 45%. Also, these leaves are helpful in increasing the oxidation of red blood cells. Its tea form is instrumental in curing pneumonia and gout.
Neem Reduces Dandruff
The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of neem makes it very popular in shampoos and scalp cleansers, as it can help the skin remain hydrated and eliminate dandruff while strengthening your hair and improving the health of your hair follicles due to its antioxidant content. In fact, it is even used in traditional medicines to stimulate hair growth and prevent male-pattern baldness.
Neem Leaves for Blood Pressure
Neem leaves have antihistamine properties which help in dilating the blood vessels and reducing the blood pressure levels.
Neem for Arthritis
The pain and inflammation associated with Arthritis can be cured well with the help of neem. Certain properties of neem also help in alleviating rheumatism.
Neem leaves are excellent for your liver, which automatically enhances your digestion. Apart from this, consuming neem on a daily basis also destroys excess bacteria in the intestinal region and cleanses your colon, further facilitating a smoother digestion.
Neem Good for Hair Nourishing
Chewing neem leaves can prove beneficial for your hair too, with its high levels of antioxidants.
Neem protects the scalp from oxidative stress caused by the free radicals.
Neem leaves also stimulate healthy cell division and support hair follicle growth around your scalp region.
Washing your hair with boiled neem water has been a traditional method to combat dandruff and undernourished, damaged hair.
Neem leaves have anti-fungal properties, which work effectively against a fungi called Malassezia, which causes dandruff. Its immense healing properties has earned neem the name of scalp savior too.
Neem Skin Benefits
Neem has strong anti-bacterial properties which work wonders on infections, burns and any kind of skin problems.
While a paste of neem leaves and turmeric can be used for treating insect bites, itching, eczema, ring worms and some mild skin diseases.
Chewing the leaves can also give you a nourished, purified and radiant skin. If the bitterness bothers you, mix them with honey and have or make a solution by boiling neem leaves and drink the strained water.
It can also treat all your acne and dark spot problems.