Neem is ideal for curing bacterial diseases, asthma, ulcers, diabetes, leprosy and malaria. It also improves blood circulation and maintains oral hygiene and health. Apart from this it may also be used as a contraceptive in certain cases.
Neem is also known as Indian lilac or nimtree. It comes from the mahogany family and grows mostly in the Indian subcontinent which consists of India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. It flourishes in semi-tropical and tropical regions only. Neem is also found on the islands located in southern Iran. Neem oil extracted from the neem plant is said to be extremely beneficial for health.
Neem contains various antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anthelmintic properties. Neem oil can be extracted with diluted alcohol, ethyl acetate, petrol ether and ether. It also contains amorphous sulphur. Neem is loaded with antibacterial properties which is why it tastes extremely bitter. They also serve as a natural insecticide. Nowadays Neem urea is used as a substitute to plain urea fertilizer especially in India. It also improves soil health, fertilizer’s efficacy and reduces pollution to a great extent.
The leaves of neem not only contain antibacterial properties but also contain antiviral and antifungal properties. The properties are so strong that it can also control the pathogens in manure. Neem stick also contains microbial effects, in most places neem stick is usually chewed by people to promote oral health and to keep teeth free from cavities or plaque. Neem can also be used to control spoilage organism and foodborne pathogens.
Neem has an anti-fertility effect due to the strong properties it possesses. In a lot of studies, rats that had been treated with neem oil surprisingly remained infertile for some time. Neem oil can also kill sperms, hence can be used as a spermicide. Researches also show that woman who applied neem oil intravaginally just before sexual intercourse couldn’t get pregnant after that particular intercourse. However, Neem oil doesn’t affect the testosterone level in men.
Neem oil helps asthma patients and also helps in treating cough, fever, and controls phlegm. Consuming a few drops of neem oil each day can do wonders and offer you healthy lungs. It cures asthma and prevents asthma completely if consumed on a daily basis. It can be chewed raw or mixed with beverages.
Ulcers and gastric issues are very common and proton pump inhibitors are a few of the remedies which one usually adopts, but it is however not natural and can cause side effects. Therefore, neem is very effective and safe in treating gastric hyperacidity and ulcers. The extract from the neem bark has powerful properties to cure these ailments safely. This usually happens because Neem increases the quantity of gastric mucus which plays a major role in combating ulcers.
According to studies, Neem plant has hypoglycaemic or blood sugar lowering properties. Therefore, Neem is beneficial in controlling the blood sugar levels and can be ideal for diabetic patients. It can also delay and prevent certain diseases. It also prevents oxidative stress which is caused due to diabetes. Anti-diabetic properties in neem oil or neem extracts make it useful for maintaining a healthy body.
Neem oil can treat any sort of gum ailments. Mouthwashes which contain neem extracts are available abundantly and are used to cure oral issues. This is due to the fact that the anti-bacterial properties it contains helps to fight Streptococcus mutans present in our mouth which can lead to mouth sores or even bad breath. It can also be used as an anti-microbial agent or a purifier. Tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis and dental plaque can also be cured by consuming neem leaf. Cleaning your teeth regularly with a neem twig can give you whiter and shinier teeth as it is rich in antioxidants. It can also build up the gums and immune responses of the mouth tissues.
According to Egyptian culture, Neem can be used to cure leprosy. Since it is non-mutagenic, it doesn’t result to any changes in the DNA and can also prevent leprosy from occurring. Powder form or liquid extract of neem helps to treat digestive issues and is ideal for digestion.
Since Neem is a blood purifier, it is ideal for blood circulation and cleanses the entire body. Consuming Neem on a daily basis can also prove beneficial for your skin and prevent the occurrence of blackheads or acne to a certain extent. In some cases, it can also regulate a person’s hormone levels.
Neem is beneficial for soothing the discomfort and pain associated with malaria. It also speeds up the healing process due to its antibacterial properties. It is also useful in preventing malaria from occurring.
Neem can be used for a number of purposes such as curing fever, upset stomach, worms, skin blemishes and heart diseases. Apart from this, if Neem juice is directly applied on the scalp, it can kill and prevent head lice too due to its antiseptic qualities.
Neem can have certain side effects too even though it possesses strong healing properties. Neem shouldn’t be consumed by infants because it contains certain substances which is known to cause Reye’s syndrome in infants. Even a small dosage can prove fatal for them. It can also cause allergies, infertility, miscarriages in women and stomach irritation. It can also cause kidney damage if it is taken excessively and can increase fatigue. People with already low blood pressure are advised not to consume Neem.
Neem can thrive in sub-humid to humid areas which receive 400 to 1,200 millimetres of rainfall. It grows well in sandy or deeply drained soil. Neem is found in some countries located in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa, West Africa, Indian ocean and some parts of Australia.