Neem is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicines and remedies since thousand of years. In english, it is called as Margosa Tree. Its latin name is Azadirachta indica which belongs to Meliacece family. It is also known as Indian Liliac.
Neem tree is strongly recommended as treasured herbal aid for promoting overall health and combating illness and irritants.
Chemical Properties –
Neem contains thousands of chemical constituents, Among the most important are terpenes, a huge category of plant-produced organic compounds.
More than 70 different terpenoids, or terpenes, have been identified in different parts of the Neem tree. These organic chemicals account for Neem’s insect repelling characteristic, and explains why Neem has been traditionally used to make topical bug repellent and natural insecticide.
Neem is a strong antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that may affect the development of some medical conditions.
One single Neem terpenoid, beta-caryophyllene, have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain reducing benefits.
Another, linalool, has been shown to have anticonvulsant, anti-seizure characteristic.
Effects on Doshas –
Neem leaf powder is used to balance pitta and kapha dosha and treatment of vata disorders.
The extract of Neem pacifies the Pitta doshas and Kapha doshas whereas an excess of it can aggravate the Vata doshas.
Useful Parts –
The medicinal properties of neem are distinct, and all parts of the tree be its flowers, bark, stem, twigs, extract, seed and leaves are incorporated into the formulations of medicines, soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste and mosquito repellants.
• Kwath (decoction)
• Tailam (Oil)
• Guttka (Tablet/Capsule)
• Neem leaves: 4-5 leaves once a day
• Neem Churna: One fourth to half tsp twice a day
• Neem Capsule/Tablet: 1-2 tablet or capsules twice a day
• Neem Juice: 2-4 tsp twice a day
• Neem Syrup: 3-4 tsp twice a day after meals
Health benefits –
• For skin health
Neem powder is valuable for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, wards off acne and blackheads. This powder works as an amazing toner for the skin, restores the skin pH balance and revamps the skin youthfulness.
• For hair health
It has potent antifungal properties that helps in warding off dandruff. It helps in clearing dandruff, cleansing hair scalp, treating lice, conditioning the hair, strengthening the hair follicles besides adding volume and shine to the hair.
• Boost immune system
The strong antibacterial and antifungal properties of neem leaf powder flush the harmful toxins and other impurities from the blood aiding to build a stronger immune system and keep infections away.
• Regulates blood sugar
The goodness of flavonoids, triterpenoid, anti-inflammatory element and glycosides in neem leaf powder stabilizes the blood glucose levels and ensures that there is no surge in blood glucose levels.
• Promotes gut health
The anti inflammatory properties of neem helps in treating intestinal worm infestation cures ulcers, promote the digestion process and reduces gut inflammation.
• Dental health
Its potent antibacterial properties wand off any bacteria in mouth that causes plaque and also lessen tooth decay, cures ulcer and eases toothache.
• Purifies blood
By removing toxins from the blood, it cleanses the blood and enhances circulation throughout the body.
• Relieves Pain and inflammation
Neem extract not only provides relief from Amavata but also subdues burning sensation occuring in different parts of the body.
• Thwarts off bugs
Neem extracts portray strong anti-microbial properties that offer a one shot remedy for different types of viruses, bacteria, or other microbes. Be it in the form of powder or oil, neem can also prevent infectious diseases like malaria, dengue, chickengunya, yellow fever etc.
• Neem should not be given to newborns, pregnant women or women trying to conceive.
• It should not be given to people having any kind of history of a stomach illness or even irregularities.
• People having kidney or liver issues should totally avoid using man supplements.
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