Neem is an evergreen tree native to India. This plant has been popular in Ayurvedic medicine for almost 5000 years. In Sanskrit, it is called Neemba or Aristha, which means something that is perfect, imperishable and complete. It is known as the plant that cures all ailments and ills. Neem consists of more than 130 different biologically active compounds. Undoubtedly it is a strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial remedy as well as an immune stimulant. Being an anti-bacterial, it helps to destroy the bacteria that cause infections, stimulates the immune system and helps in rapid healing.
How to use neem leaves for different ailments
Wound healing: Apply a paste made from fresh neemba leaves on your wound a few times a day till it heals. You can also mix neem powder with some water until a homogeneous mass is obtained.
Dandruff: Boil some neemba leaves in water for 15 to 20 minutes or till the water becomes green. Let the water cool down, wash your hair with shampoo and cleanse your hair with neemba water. Within a few weeks, you will see the result. If you can not get fresh neemba leaves you can also use readymade neem shampoo (link). Additionally, you can use neem oil on your dry hair to boost the effect and to moisturize your hair and scalp.
Eye problems, irritation, redness or tiredness: Boil a few neemba leaves in water, let the water cool down and then wash your eyes with this water. Alternatively, you can boil neem powder in water and proceed as described.
Acne and skin problems: Neem is anti-inflammatory and can reduce acne and other skin irritations. Use neem oil to relieve dryness, itchiness, and redness. There are also special neem face washes and creams for problematic skin.
Immunity booster: Grind some neemba leaves or use neem powder, mix it with lukewarm water and drink it. This will help to boost your immunity.
Cancer: Neemba has amazing properties to kill cancerous cells. Researchers from Hyderabad, India discovered a phytochemical named Nimbolide, which is obtained from Neem and fights various types of cancer. Drug companies are now trying to develop Nimbolide-based drugs. More about that you can read here.
To be noted
Neem is a very strong plant, which is also known for its antifertility effects. It can kill sperm cells if it is consumed in high quality. Indian researchers are currently developing a male contraceptive made from neem.
Further neemba should not be taken by pregnant ladies till the fifth month of pregnancy! It causes heat in the body and can lead to miscarriage. It should not be consumed internally for the whole pregnancy. After the fifth month, it can be used externally in form of oil to reduce stretch marks or to treat rashes.
If you don’t have knowledge about Ayurveda then please consult an ayurvedic doctor before consuming this ancient plant.