Top Health Benefits Of Neem Leaves And Oil
The Neem tree is considered to be sacred in India. It has a life span of more than 200 years! Every nook and corner in India has a Neem tree. The evergreen tree has so many benefits to offer. Since time immemorial Neem has been extensively used in Ayurveda. Ancient texts have references of the healing powers of Neem. Modern science too acknowledges its benefits. No other medicinal tree has equaled the Neem tree.
All parts of the Neem tree are used to treat skin ailments, right from the leaves to the bark.
The leaves of Neem are extensively used in Ayurveda. The leaves are known to contain a flavonoid called Quercetin, a steroid called Beta-sitosterol and other compounds. Quercetin has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties.
The leaves are used in making Neem capsules, Neem juice and Neem tea.
The extract of the leaves is used skin care products and oral health care products.
The Neem seeds are used in extraction of Neem oil. This oil is used in ayurvedic oils to help treat inflammation and pain. The oil contains several compounds that help in treating a lot of ailments. The oil is especially high in essential fatty acids and perhaps this is the reason why it is so effective in treating skin ailments.
Neem oil is often added to soaps, creams, shampoos, hair oils and lotions.
Neem in different forms has a lot of general health benefits to offer and they are as follows:
Helpful in treating dental diseases like gum disease, gingivitis and tooth decay. Twigs of Neem leaves have been used as a toothbrush since ancient times. The typical Indian ‘datoon’ has several benefits for oral health.
It provides relief from respiratory troubles like cough and bronchitis.
It is particularly good for the heart as it prevents heart diseases, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and prevents blood clots. The anti-histamine effect of a compound present in Neem helps the blood vessels dilate thereby reducing BP. A recent study was done that showed that Neem was able to lower high cholesterol levels. And all this was done with intake of Neem leaf extracts/capsules when taken for a month.
Being anti-inflammatory, it provides relief from all kinds of swellings.
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
Neem is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature. It destroys pathogens. It does not kill the beneficial microbes in the body unlike other chemicals used for this purpose.
Treats skin trouble
It helps in curing skin problems like acne, boils, itching, psoriasis, ringworm and eczema. Nails having turned yellow due to fungi infection can be treated with the help of Neem.
Though more research is needed in this direction, Neem seems to cure malaria. A specific compound found in Neem is known to effective in combating malaria. In branch of Ayurvedic medicine, Neem is used to treat the disease.
Neem is known to boost one’s immunity.
According to certain studies, Neem seems to exhibit anti-cancer properties but studies are still going on to find out the exact benefit.
The juice of Neem is known to purify the blood. You can simple chew 10 tender leaves of Neem in the morning for a period of fifteen days.
Effective in chicken pox cases
People suffering from chicken pox are made to lie down on the leaves to provide relief.
Individuals with hairfall and head lice are given a Neem treatment. It stops hairfall, makes it long, kills head lice and maintains the black colour of the hair.
It helps treat ulcers, indigestion, diarrhoea and vomiting. It also alleviates constipation and helps in deworming.
So many health benefits!! Neem is indeed a tree worth worshiping!
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