What is Neem Used For?
The Neem tree is so full of natural properties beneficial to human beings that the modern scientists very rightly call it the “Wonder Tree”. There are many benefits of neem, including relief from indigestion and nausea, eye problems and skin allergies. The scientific name of neem is “Azadirachta indica” and is also known as the “Indian lilac” in English.
The U.S. was quick to acknowledge the natural potential of this tree and wisely patented at least 13 products derived from neem extracts. Given below are the many recommendations of how different parts of the Neem tree can be used to cure common human ailments with zero side effects:
The Many Benefits of Neem
Neem is being acknowledged as a "Miracle Tree", "Nature's Drugstore" and "Village Pharmacy" in India. The Board on Science and Technology for International Development National Research Council has named neem as a “A Tree for Solving Global Problems”. Here are some key health advantages of neem:
- Malaria: Consuming the juice extracts of the neem bark three times a day helps cure this disease.
- Indigestion and Nausea: A mixture of neem oil and camphor relieves the patient from indigestion and nausea.
- Open wounds: A paste of neem leaves around open wounds acts as a good antiseptic. Make a paste of neem leaves and apply the it around cuts and wounds.
- Skin diseases: Ground the neem's bark to make a juice. Consume the juice for several days. It will improve any skin allergies.
- Ear infections, puss: Drench a ball of cotton in neem oil and apply it around the infected area. Remove any puss and within days the infection will be cured. You can find neem oil in any ayurvedic and medical stores in your locality.
- Enhances eye vision: Neem juice can help in enhancing the vision.
- Ring worm: Mix neem leaves paste with a bowl of curd and apply on the affected area. Any ring worm infection will be treated after a few days, but make sure you apply this paste regularly.
- Liver problems: Boil neem leaves with water and consume it regularly. It will greatly reduce the chances of any liver problems.
The benefits of neem tree, neem leaves and neem extracts (juice) are unlimited and have been proven to have a remedial effect even for many common problems like hair loss and partial paralysis to name a few. Neem has also been known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. However, due to lack of proper clinical studies, NGOs such as USAID don't encourage the usage of neem extracts in health care centers.
Neem Flower and Leaves: Image Courtesy J.M. Garg (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)