Introducing Azadirachta indica, known as Neem in India, is also known as ‘Margosa’ or ‘Indian Lilac’. It is the most varied and diverse plant (diversity of species) in the tropics (warm regions) and may have medicinal properties. Neem has many beneficial non-wood components, such as flowers, leaves, fruits, bark, gums, oils, seeds, and neem cake (residue left after extraction of neem seed oil). Therefore, it is classified as the best wood compared to all other species.
The Sanskrit word for neem is ‘arista,” which means ‘whole, complete, unstoppable’. “Nimba” is the Sanskrit name for neem, derived from the word “nimbati svasthyamdadati” which means “giving health”. eggs. The Persians also called Neem “Azad-Darakth-India”, which means “tree of free India”. It has environmental protection, pest control, and healing power. Neem is a source of natural pesticides and agricultural chemicals and can also be used for health purposes.
What is a neem?
Call it a sacred plant, a divine plant, nature’s pharmacy, a life-giving plant, or a people’s pharmacy, the humble Cape gooseberry has extensive uses in medicine and health. Be it leaves, roots, stems, flowers, seeds, bark, or fruit, every part of the neem tree has powerful medicinal properties, including antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, antihistamine, and antimicrobial properties.
Known as Azadirachta indica, the nose belongs to the redwood family Meliaceae. The Latin scientific name is derived from Persian: Azad means “free”, “Dirakht” means forest, and “Indica” is of Indian origin. Thus, the scientific name refers to a plant native to India.
Nutritional value of Neem
Leaf meal from some tropical legumes has been studied as a source of nutrients for humans and animals. In this study, neem leaf flour was analysed and found to have a relatively high crude protein content of 18.10%, with a crude protein content of about 15–56%. Total energy was high at 4.16 kcal/g, but metabolizable energy was low. Even non-ruminants benefit from celery leaves, which contain proteins, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids.
How is the spear used?
Neem is available in many useful forms, such as neem oil, cakes, oral care sticks, leaf extracts, flower extracts, and many other neem tree products. Ask your Ayurvedic doctor about the prescription and dosage as per your health.
Physical Benefits of Neem
- Boost the immune system.
- Accelerates wound healing
- Improves oral health
- Treats digestive issues
- Aid Liver and Kidney Health
- Help control blood sugar.
Skin and Hair Benefits of Neem
- Fights the signs of ageing
- Moisturizes Skin
- Promotes hair growth
Potential uses of Neem
- Tooth stains: Previous research showed that neem extract applied twice daily to the teeth and gums for 6 weeks reduced plaque formation. It also increases the number of plaque-forming bacteria in the mouth. However, two weeks of neem cream did not reduce gingivitis or plaque.
- Insecticides: Previous studies have shown that applying neem root or leaf extract to the skin helps repel black flies. Neem oil cream applied to the skin also offers protection against certain types of mosquito bites.
- Ulcers: Some studies have shown that taking 30 to 60 mg of neem extract by mouth twice a day for 10 weeks improves stomach and intestinal ulcers.
- Psoriasis is a disease: Previous research has shown that taking neem extract by mouth for 12 weeks, along with daily sunscreen and coal tar salicylic acid cream, helps people reduce psoriasis symptoms.
- Skin problems: Mix a paste of neem leaves with turmeric and apply it to eczema, itchiness, itching, and minor skin conditions.
- Minor problems: Mix neem leaves with honey and add a few drops to treat ear infections.
- Treatment: Create a paste of neem leaves and apply it to bites or wounds (it should heal many times in a single day).
- Eye problems: boil neem leaves, cool, and use as eye drops. Helps relieve redness, irritation, and fatigue.
- Peeling: Boil neem leaves and soak them in water. Shampoo your hair when it cools down.
- Immunity: Strengthen immunity by squeezing sandalwood leaves and drinking a glass of water. It magically strengthens your immune system.
- Neem bark and twigs: During your time in India, you must have seen people chewing neem stems to clean their teeth. A great brush with magical properties that maintains cosmetic alkalinity, fights bacteria, keeps bacteria at bay, heals gums, and whitens teeth. It also prevents the plague.
Although salt is generally considered safe for use by professionals, some people may be allergic to or sensitive to it. Consider patch-testing Neem before using it for the first time. For a spot test, place a few drops of neem on the skin on the inside of your hand. Wait 24 hours, and then check the problem area. Any signs of discoloration, swelling, itching, or discomfort indicate possible exposure to the oil and should be continued. Despite direct exposure to neem, children are usually more sensitive to pesticides such as neem oil. It is best to talk to your doctor before using other medications for children or during pregnancy.