Ayurveda Healthy Living

Neem – Nature’s miracle tree

Neem - Nature's miracle tree...
Neem - Nature's miracle tree...

Ancient Indians system of Ayurveda believed in utilizing everything nature had to give to promote an all natural healing remedies for a healthy lifestyle. One such herb of India with worldwide fame and known for its amazing healing properties and medicinal value is Neem. Neem, commonly known as Margosa in English or “Aritha” in Sanskrit, is known as the free tree of India as it is found almost everywhere. It is part of every Indian home due to its many applications and is considered to be sacred. Everything from this tree can be used in one way or the other. The bark extrudes a fluid called neera, green leaves, branches, small white flowers that blossom in spring to the oval fruits that contain one seed each that contains oil.
External Health Application:
Applying Neem powder or oil topically helps in healing wounds, burn injuries, itch, rash, infection or allergy. Taking bath with Neem helps the body counter mild infections. Its tropical application can relieve acne, eczema and even ringworms. The oil is extensively used for hair loss, greying hair, dandruff or lice.Its local application of arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, lower back pain and muscular-skeletal pain has had good results.Internal Health
Chewing on a Neem twig has been a common practice in India to prevent gum disease and maintain strong and healthy teeth. However, as the twig is very bitter, it is now utilized in Neem toothpaste that helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, tooth loss or toothache.
Neem is beneficial in with indigestion, constipation, bad taste in mouth, de-worming, gastritis, is a blood purifier, detoxicant and cures urinary tract infection. It helps in maintaining proper secretions of liver; works as an anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agent, suppresses fever and relieves cough.Beauty Application:
Adding boiled Neem water to bath helps rid of skin infections, acne and white heads. In this form it makes a great skin toner to clear scars, pigmentation and blackheads on face.

Boil Neem leaves with small segment of orange peel in a bit of water. Add honey, yogurt, soy milk to for a smooth paste and apply to face to clear skin problems and also to reduce appearance of pores.

Pesticide Application:
Neem has been used as a natural pesticide because of its remarkable property to fight pests and other organisms that are harmful for agricultural and household purpose. It is considered to be the most wonderful discovery for humans. It acts as anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-protozoan and anti-viral.

Despite all the health benefits, Neem is largely ignored by urban folks in favour of more synthetic ingredients. However, as more and more research is being done on Neem outside India, we are finding ourselves coming back to this very ancient yet very useful, simple and miraculous tree that was cherished by Ayurveda over 5,000 years ago!


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