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Natural home remedy - Neem

Neem health benefits and home remedies
Neem Tree

Azadirachta indica or neem as it is commonly called, is often referred to as a village dispensary and leads the herbs, for natural home remedies in India. It has phenomenal health benefits and medicinal uses. All parts of the tree - seeds, leaves, flowers and the bark have medicinal properties. The neem tree is a tall evergreen tree, with small white flowers and oval thin skinned light green fruits. It can tolerate very high temperatures and also thrives in drought prone areas. It is fairly dense, with widely spread branches. Neem leaves when dried and burned is known to keep mosquitoes and flies away. Neem oil is made from the fruits and seeds.

Botanical name - Azadirachta indica, family - Meliaceae
Sanskrit - Nimba
Tamil - Vembu
Hindi - Neem
English - Margosa, Neem, Indian Lilac

Health benefits of Neem

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Every part of the neem tree has antiseptic qualities. The bark is astringent and the compound nimbidin found in the bark is found to be effective in the treatment of various skin diseases. Extracts of the bark have anti-inflammatory and spermicidal activities. It is useful for cough, fever, loss of apetite, worm infection and skin diseases. The neem leaves are said to remove toxins, purify blood, and cure eye disorders and insect bites. Azadirachtins is a compound found in the neem seed kernel. It has been reported that this compound immunizes the kissing bug which is a transmitter of the Chagas disease. Gedunin, a compound found in the fruit is said to possess antimalarial properties. Flowers are used to treat worms, and is also used to balance body heat and to treat cough.

Neem Health benefits for diabetes

Neem Leaves health benefits and home remedies
Neem Leaves

The neem leaf is known to stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin, thus lowering blood sugar. Chewing a few neem leaves regularly benefits people with diabetes.

Neem is a blood purifier

The blood purifying, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties of neem are useful in skin disorders . It is useful as a tonic and astringent that promotes wound healing.

Neem has detoxifying benefits

The neem has detoxifying benefits that help maintain a healthy circulatory, digestive, respiratory and urinary system. It helps in fighting intestinal worms and also detoxifies the liver.

Neem health benefits for arthritis

Tradionally, neem has been recommended for reducing arthritic pain and inflammation of the joints and also to halt the progress of the disease.

Neem health benefits for immune system

Scientific studies show that the neem boosts the immune system by energising lymphocyte cells to respond to infection and any other problems that may affect the body's immunity.

Neem health benefits for skin infections

Due to its anti-bacterial properties, it is very effective in fighting most epidermal dysfunctions like eczema, psoriasis and even acne. Oils prepared from the leaves and seeds are used to treat leprosy, ringworm and scabies. It is also used to treat chicken pox in India.

Home remedies with neem

Neem flower rasam recipe