Thursday, August 8, 2013

Amazing benefits of Indian Lilac (Neem)

The hot and humid summer cause tiredness and restlessness while the rainy season pours infections and diseases along with water from sky. Both the seasons play with the health of kids and adults. To protect your body and skin from health hazards, there is one god gift available in your nearby garden. It is Indian lilac or Neem which is full of medicinal properties. Each part of Neem tree is useful for the general well being of humans. Whether it is the Neem leaf, flower, fruit, bark of the tree, seeds or roots, each part has special healing benefits. Let us find out how.

Neem leaf
Neem has immense anti inflammatory, anti parasitic, antibacterial and anti fungal properties due to which it can be put to use for varied purposes. Neem leaves are natural blood purifier. Consume couple of leaves daily to purify and detoxify blood. It also counters diabetes, indigestion, chicken pox and skin related problems. Add boiled Neem leaves in bathing water to get rid of skin infections. You may also apply paste of Neem leaves directly on the affected skin to cure boils, inflammation and insect bites. Apply mixture of Neem leaf paste and turmeric powder to any kind of skin infection regularly for relief. Apply this paste on face to control pigmentation and acne.

 The decoction derived from leaves can cure sore throat, malaria fever, skin rashes, boils, warts, inflammation of skin, ringworm, headache and several kinds of pains. It also enhances immunity system.
Neem leaves are effective mosquito repellents. Keeping leaves near the bed drive away bed bugs. Store some leaves along with grains to avoid insects/ parasites. To avoid malaria and similar diseases, keep Neem leaves around the bed or cloth containing Neem oil drops under the bed sheet. This remedy will keep mosquitoes at bay.

Neem twigs

Twigs of Neem tree are used to clean teeth. The twig has germicidal properties and therefore used as toothbrush to maintain good oral hygiene. The raw twig and its extracts are now utilized in manufacturing toothpaste and tooth powders.

Neem bark        

Again, bark of this tree has anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties. Used both as extract and in powder form, the bark is considered beneficial for skin related issues like acne, dull skin tone, patchy skin, etc. That’s why Neem bark has become an essential part of herbal cosmetics and skin treatment products. Not only this, it is also an important ingredient for oral care products to deal with tooth and gum diseases. The bark is suitable for treating stomach problems and fever.
In addition, the bark of Neem tree is also actively used in insecticides and pesticides because of presence of insect repellent properties in it.

Roots of Neem

The roots of Neem also have strong medicinal properties and therefore, are used in formation of medicines to cure different disorders and ailments like gastric problems, sinusitis, oral diseases, etc.

Neem flower and seeds

As explained earlier, each part of the tree is extremely valuable and useful. The flowers and its seed of Neem tree have multiple benefits and used for numerous purposes including manufacturing of products of pharmaceutical, cosmetics and agricultural industries.

The oil extracted from Neem seeds requires special mention here as it has more active constituents than any other part. It is utilized in making skin products, pet products, cosmetics and insect repellents.
Neem oil is ideal for hair care. It treats itchy scalp, dandruff, hair loss and head lice. Simply add few drops to normal shampoo and use the same as usual.

This is not over yet. Nowadays, the essential properties of Neem are available in capsule form for easy usage. Neem has been proven to provide relief from arthritis, heart ailments, fatigue, cancer, blood and nervous disorders. In fact, it is not possible to provide exhaustive list of uses and properties of Neem on one page.

Word of caution: Keep Neem/ Neem oil away from children. Pregnant women should avoid usage of Neem. Neem remedies are not a replacement of medical recommendation.                  

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