For ages the Neem tree, which is also popular by the name of Indian Lilac, has been extensively used in the ancient medical science of Ayurveda for the treatment of various ailments. Neem is a treasure trove of various chemicals and minerals that are extremely beneficial in curing a wide range of disease. In fact, it is believed that almost all parts of the tree provide some health benefits and hence it is known as “sarva roga nivarini”, in Sanskrit, which means the healer of every disease.
The countless benefits offered by the neem tree, makes it an integral part of almost every Indian household. This evergreen tree, finds a place in almost all natural and home remedies, and is rightfully much revered by people throughout India.
Given below are the health and beauty benefits that can be obtained from the various parts of this miraculous tree which have been exploited by mankind for the past 4000 years.
For Treatment Of Diseases
A paste made from neem leaves known to possess properties that can prove extremely beneficial in the treatment of several serious diseases including chickenpox and smallpox. Moreover, the leaves are known to enhance body immunity and are especially helpful in the treatment of malaria.
The leaves are also used as an anti-fungal and for getting relief from neuromuscular pain. In addition, they have also been found beneficial in the treatment of ailments such as leprosy, cardiovascular diseases, skin ulcers and diabetes, etc. In the ancient times, the leaves were also used for birth control and to cause abortions.
Apart from the leaves, the other parts of the neem tree are equally beneficial for treatment of various ailments. The twigs of the tree are even today used as a natural tooth cleaner. They also prove extremely helpful in curing cough, asthma, hemorrhoids, urinary disorders, diabetes and low sperm count.
The stem, fruit and bark root are commonly used as astringent and are even consumed to gain energy. Neem flower also helps in reducing bile and controlling phlegm.
For Enhancing Beauty
Neem is considered to be God’s boon to people having different skin problems. Neem seed oil is extensively used in beauty and skin care products as well as products intended to provide hair care. Neem has an abundance of vitamin C and hence proves extremely helpful in the treatment of skin problems such as blackheads, pimples, pigmentation and even signs of ageing as well as maintaining the youthful glow of the skin and making the complexion fairer.
The anti-allergic and anti-flaming properties of the tree are quite helpful in providing relief from skin allergies and infections. Moreover, neem is also a great skin moisturizer and helps in maintaining the softness and suppleness of the skin which makes people retain their youthful long for long.
Neem leaves are also highly beneficial in reducing hair fall and dandruff, apart from which it can be used as a natural conditioner to get soft and smooth hair. For people suffering from the problem of brittle nails, neem oil can prove extremely helpful as it helps in strengthening the nails and prevent them from breaking easily or even peeling off.
The list of the benefits and uses of neem is really endless. The tree, has over the centuries become a part of the heritage of India and in the past few decades, the whole world has discovered its numerous benefits, making it equally popular on the global level as well.