The Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is a tropical evergreen tree native to India and is also found in other southeast countries. In India, neem is known as "the village pharmacy" because of its healing versatility, and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years due to its medicinal properties. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and anti-fungal uses. The earliest documentation of neem mentioned the fruit, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark for their advantageous medicinal properties, in the ancient documents Carak- Samhita and Susruta-Samhita, the books at the foundation of the Indian system of natural treatment, Ayurveda. Neem has a garlic-like odor, and a bitter taste. The various parts of this tree have many uses.
In 2005 the Department of biochemistry at Annamalai University, published a research report, Medicinal properties of neem leaves. It is a compilation of existing scientific studies and clinical trials. It shows very impressively just how versatile the leaves are. Here is what it says about the benefits of neem leaves; "Neem leaf and its constituents have been demonstrated to exhibit immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties."
Here's some more information to help you better understand the benefits of neem, oil, leaves, etc.
|Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree and has insecticidal and medicinal properties due to which it has been used for thousands of years in pest control, cosmetics, and medicines.|
|Neem seed cake (residue of neem seeds after oil extraction) is used for soil amendment or added to soil, not only enriches the soil with organic matter but also lowers nitrogen losses by inhibiting nitrification. It also works as a nematicide.|
|Neem leaves are used to treat chickenpox and warts by directly applying to the skin in a paste form or by bathing in water with neem leaves. In order to increase immunity of the body, neem leaves are also taken internally in the form of neem capsules or made into a tea. The tea is traditionally taken internally to reduce fever caused by malaria. This tea is extremely bitter. It is also used to soak feet for treating various foot fungi. It has also been reported to work against termites. In Ayurveda, neem leaves are used in curing neuromuscular pains. Neem leaves are also used in storage of grains.|
|Twigs of Neem are also used in India and Africa as toothbrushes. Nowadays toothpastes with neem extracts are also available commercially.|
|Neem Extracts (leaf and seed)
have been found to be spermicidal and thus research is being
conducted to use neem extracts for making contraceptives. Neem
produces pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and fever reducing
compounds that can aid in the healing of cuts, burns, earaches,
sprains and headaches, as well as fevers. |