Ayurveda’s prime text, Charaka Samhita describes Neem Tree as the panacea for all human suffering; something that keeps all diseases at bay. Every part of the tree, the roots, bark, gum, leaves, fruit, seed kernels, seed oil, all have been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years. Grown throughout India, neem tree also takes care of environmental health.
The humble neem is often ignored by urban folks in favor of more synthetic ingredients, but it has been used in Ayurveda for over 4,000 years. It can take care of things from skin disorders to mental disorders.
Neem has anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that not only benefit your health but can help you get rid of common beauty problems that you face in your daily life. Neem leaves are easy to obtain and can be used as a beauty aid in many simple ways. We shall discuss why it should be in your beauty list.
Health Benefits Of Neem Leaves
Neem leaves are an essential ingredient in many Ayurveda medicines. Gedunin and nimbidol found in the leaves of neem are powerful antifungal agents that destroy fungi which cause athlete foot, ringworm, and nail fungus. Neem stimulate the immune system, improves liver functionality, detoxifies the blood and promotes a healthy respiratory and digestive system. It is famous for treating malaria and works for diabetes as well.
1. Cardiac Care
Neem leaves are known to be an effective blood cleanser and drinking neem infused boiled water controls high blood sugar. Neem leaf extract is effective in purifying blood, removing toxins defending against inflictions and damages from free radicals in the body. Neem leaf helps to dilate blood vessels improving blood circulation and decreases elevated heart rates. It relaxes erratic heart beats and controls high blood pressure.
2. Fungal Disease
Neem is also effective against fungal diseases that affect human body. These include fungus that causes lung and bronchi infection and mucous membranes. Neem leaves reduce the symptoms of fungal infections and oral thrush. Neem is also effective against fungus that infects hair, skin, and nails that includes ringworm that occurs in hands and feet. Consuming leaves also suppresses cancer cells.
Neem is used to treat malaria fevers. One of the neem components, gedunin, is very effective for treating malaria. Mosquitoes exposed to odors of crushed neem leaves result in suppression of egg laying. Consuming neem leaves is an acclaimed treatment of malaria.
Neem bark and leaves contain polysaccharides and limonoids which are beneficial for alleviating cancer and tumor cells.
5. Viral Disease
Neem leaves have often been used in India to treat viral diseases. Neem leaf extract, absorbs and eliminates virus. As a preventive measure, you can prepare a neem paste and apply on the affected area. It is very useful for treating warts, chicken pox, and small pox. This is because neem absorbs the virus and protects from entering the unaffected areas. Tea prepared with leaves of neem and the application of neem ointment on cold sores relieves herpes symptoms.
Due to its anti-viral activity, neem leaves are boiled and used for bathing especially for those who are suffering from skin ailments. This provides respite to conditions such as eczema, cold sores and warts. It soothes inflammation by soothing itching and irritation. Neem leaves also helps to remove intestinal parasites and restores healthy functioning of the intestine.
Certain properties of neem leaf seed or bark naturally cure arthritis and reduce pain and swelling in joints. A massage with neem oil is effective in relieving muscle aches and joint paint and helps alleviate rheumatism, osteoarthritis and lower back pain.
7. Cures Poison
Neem leaves are also effective in treating poisons and insects bites. This is due to anti-clotting agents that reside in neem leaf extract. Neem leaves are also used in treatment of ulcers and inflammation as they have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer activity.
8. Moisturizes Skin
Neem leaves moisturize the skin keeping it soft and supple. They are effective for lightening scars and pigmentation caused by acne and scabies. If you have pimples on your face, apply the neem leaf decoction. This can even be used to treat minor wounds. To cure any kind of skin infection, mix turmeric with neem paste and apply it on your body. Do this regularly for 3 months.
9. Cures Acne
Boil a cup of neem leaves in water till the leaves are soft and discolored and the water turns green. Strain and store in a bottle. Add some water in your regular bathing water to get rid of acne, infection and body odor. A neem face pack grinding a few neem leaves with some water work best to treat the pimple and acne problems.
10. Skin Toning
Neem leaves can also be used as a toner. Just dip a cotton ball in boiled neem water and wipe your face with it overnight. This will clear acne, scars, pigmentation and black heads. This potion can also be used as a hair rinse to treat dandruff and excessive hair fall.
11. Scalp and Hair
Add a cup of fresh neem leaves to boiling water, and use this water to rinse your hair after shampooing your hair. The anti-bacterial property of neem helps to treat dry scalp, dandruff and hair fall issues.
12. Body Injuries
A burn injury can be healed faster with the usage of neem water. The application of neem water on the burnt surface helps to recover the skin faster and also protects against allergy and infection on the infected area.
Post chicken pox treatment, a patient is always advised to take a bath with neem water to soothe the patient’s skin and prevent additional spreading of the infection.
14. Eye Wash
Boil fresh neem leaves in water for about 10 minutes and let it cool completely. Use this water as an eye wash during conjunctivitis and irritation of the eyes.
15. Sore Throat & Tired Foot
Gargling with neem water provides relief to sore throat and soaking the feet in warm neem water provides relief to foot ache.
Apply a paste made of neem leaves boiled in water and honey, on your hair. This helps to tame the frizz.
Neem leaves are considered safe to be taken internally on a regular basis. Neem leaves relieve the symptoms associated with viral infections including common cold, herpes, influenza and chickenpox.
Extracts of neem leaves and seeds produce pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and fever-reducing compounds that can help in healing cuts, wounds, ear aches, sprains and headaches.
Maybe the myth is true. It is said that the therapeutic properties of neem is said to be due to a few drops of heavenly nectar that fell upon it.