12 Amazing Health Benefits Of Neem
The Versatile Neem Leaf
Bitter but Bountiful
To say Neem is a versatile leaf would be an understatement. The bitter Zadirachta indica A. Juss from the mahogany family is best consumed as is. This miracle Margosa leaf from India has recognized thousands of years ago and used in Ayurveda ever since.
Commonly found in India by the roadside, Neem has been widely used not only in Ayurveda but also in Homoeopathic and Unani medicine. In fact, it is called Arishtha in Sanskrit which connotes 'reliever of sickness'.
For anybody diagnosed with a low immunity, Neem comes as a life saver. In fact, in a report of 1992 titled 'Neem – a tree for solving global problems' the US National Academy of Sciences, mentioned the Neem tree as a 'village dispensary' in India.
For those who do not have access to the organic Neem tree and its leaves, the good news is that they are readily available in capsule forms that can be bought off the shelves as well as online. Organic India is a respected brand from India. Daily intake of neem capsules protects the body from infections galore, providing the much-needed strength and immunity to fight diseases.
Regular consumption of this wonder leaf helps bring about astounding changes in the body.
The leaves are a boon for people suffering from autoimmune disorders. They help boost immunity, increase blood circulation and soothes a lazy reluctant gut.
12 Reasons Why You Should Add Neem Leaves in Your Diet
- Immunity booster: This phenomenal leaf is overloaded with fiber and has anti-microbial properties that help in digestion. To begin the day with neem leaves and warm water is equal to giving the highest respect to your body. A clear gut means a strong immunity.
2. Cancer: Neem leaves help to produce high levels of carcinogen-detoxifying enzymes and antioxidants and inducing “apoptosis” or programmed cell death in different types of tumor cells by strengthening the immune system.
3. Viral: Neem leaf extract aids destroy the strongest fungus, be it Hepatitis B, chickenpox or smallpox. Apply a paste of neem leaves and let is simply soak up the virus. Skin ailments like eczema, cold sores and warts and even herpes can be controlled by a decoction of Neem leaves now called Neem tea.
4. Hair and Skin: Honey and Neem Juice help with dandruff free and a super shiny conditioned mane. The paste applied to the scalp removes skin scalp allergies. If you do not mind the bitter taste, Neem juice would be perfect. The same can be applied to the skin for a smooth fresh blemish-free skin.According to Infinity Foundation, a paste prepared with neem and turmeric was found to be effective in the treatment of scabies in nearly 814 people109. Arthritis: Consumption of Neem in juice or capsule form relieves osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia pain.
5. Injuries: A paste of neem leaves acts like a magical balm.
6. Malaria: Great to treat malaria fevers. Regular smudging of neem leaves all over the house helps kill mosquitoes.
7. Respiratory conditions: The bark of the miraculous Neem tree is outstanding for a dry cough.
8. Fungal: Exceptional for the mucous membranes and bronchi infection, these leaves prove medicinal for fungal infections and oral thrush. For stubborn hand, feet, nails, and skin fungus infection these green leaves prove a boon. Yes, even for the persistent ringworm.
9. Sore throats: Diluted Neem juice with honey serves as a great gargle for a bad painful throat.
10. Blood Purifier: A known purifying agent Neem keeps the heart hale and hearty.
11. Liver: Neem juice for its detoxification
12. Arthritis: Neem the wonder miracle leaf is also great for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Tree of the 21st Century
Full of protein, minerals and carotene and sufficient trace minerals except for zinc, United Nations rightly calls it the ‘Tree of the 21st century.” With over 130 different biologically active compounds, it is one of the most complex leaves on the planet. Be it the fresh leaves or the capsuled Neem is a sure shot recipe for a healthier life.
Are you open to going back to traditional natural remedies along with alopathy?
Needless to add, these are mere supplements, which have to be consumed post a doctor's advice. The author is no authority on this subject but has learnt through her own experiences.
Did You Know?
• Folklore says, King Alexandra’s fever was cured when he rested in the forest of neem trees in Punjab in North India.
• People in India use its twigs to brush their teeth
• Many countries have been consistently growing the Neem tree against the global warming.
• Newly born babies are laid upon the Neem leaves to provide them with the protective aura.
Though the effort is made to give the most genuine, well-researched information regarding Neem and its super benefits in this article, please be aware that absolutely NO responsibility is accepted for information supplied on this site. Always be guided by your doctor/dietitian before making any changes to your diet. This information is intended as a helpful aid only.
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