Neem-Uses

Neem – Some of It’s ‘Many’ Uses
Certain things on earth lie in categories that if they are given any introduction…it would demean their existence…Neem is just one of such things we are blessed with on earth…
Illutrious in India…actually now worldwide for it’s myriad properties is Neem…You can come across one such plantation in almost every nook and corner of the country…Its properties not only treat..they eradicate illnesses from the very roots…
It has other names too..

  • Margosa tree in English
  • Azadirachta indica in Biology

You know the tree is actually worshipped in India because of it’s prolific nature…its ability to cure almost any and every physical ill..

Neem…the best part about it is that… it is
Anti bacterial…
Anti protozoal…
Anti parasitic…
Anti fungal…
Anti viral…
That is the major reason it helps in protection from all possible microorganisms….which are ever-ready to invade in our bodies and cause health troubles..

Mixing neem leaves with bathing water can render it devoid of any possible infections it otherwise might be bearing..and the custom is almost a routine in almost all Indian households…it targets mild infections..Apply it on face and get relief from things like..
acne
eczema
ringworms

Miraculous for skin troubles…no matter what your skin type…itch…rash…infection…allergy….give them all a dose of neem…and witness a stupendous difference…

Neem water is widely used in burn injuries..thus to protect them from any further infection and to enhance healing…
Massage your scalp with it and get rid of lice…early sprouting of grey hair…hair fall….and oops I missed dandruff…

Its local application on arthritic conditions like
Osteoarthritis…
Lower back pain…
Rheumatoid arthritis…
Gout…
Musculus skeletal pains…
for the above mentioned problems it has magical results you see…

It has a certain component in it because of which it is extremely helpful in indigestion….constipation and restoring taste of mouth….not only this…it also kills those wriggly intestinal worms…..and is highly recommended hyperacidity and epigastric pain as it suppresses pitta that is the main cause of such …illness….Good results have also been seen in gastritis…

It is this natural blood purifier because of its properties that detoxifies any toxins in our blood stream which may lead to illness…and also helps in diabetes…actually to a great extent it controls it…

hmm…did I mention urinary infections? Probably no…yes! It is very helpful in curing urinary tract infections…

It in a way…encourages the liver to function aptly thereby keeping the secretion of the right fluids in track…..It acts on all kinds of skin disorders and provides great relief….in case of all!
It works as an anti inflammatory and pain relieving agent…
It also helps in suppressing extra heat generated in body due to any reason thus helps in maintaing normal condition in hyperthermia….maintaining the normal body temperature and hence suppressing fever…
Coughing is relieved by use of neem water…

So noe you know why I cant stop gushing about the herb..its worth every bit of it…

Anyway…have a look at these..
1.  Medicinal properties of neem by D.P Agarwal
2.  Neem oil by HYPERLINK www.organeem.com
3.  Neem uses by livestrong.com

Peep In The Past – Neem

There has been an inseparable connection between neem and ayurveda. The highly antiseptic and therapeutic qualities of both of these are the reasons that there is so much demand of both of these in the world market.

 Various parts of the neem tree have been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India. Neem oil and the bark and leaf extracts have been therapeutically used as folk medicine to control leprosy, intestinal helminthiasis, respiratory disorders, constipation and also as a general health promoter. Its use for the treatment of rheumatism, chronic syphilitic sores and indolent ulcer has also been evident. Neem oil finds use to control various skin infections. Bark, leaf, root, flower and fruit together cure blood morbidity, biliary afflictions, itching, skin ulcers, burning sensations and pthysis.

 Neem has been highly successfully against harmful fungi, parasites, and viruses. Although it can destroy these, it does not kill off beneficial intestinal flora nor produce adverse side effects.

Neem is toxic to several fungi that attack humans, including the causes of athlete’s foot and ringworm and candida, which cause yeast infections and thrush. In fact, neem extracts are some of the most powerful Antifungal plant extracts found in the Indian pharmacopia that are used for these conditions.

 The compounds gedunin and nimbidol, found in the tree’s leaves, control the fungi listed above. Basing their studies on the ancient tradition of using neem to purify the air surrounding sick people, two Indian researchers found that neem smoke was successful in suppressing fungal growth and germination.

One of neem’s stronger advantages is its effect upon the skin in general. It has been most helpful in treating a variety of skin problems and diseases including psoriasis, eczema and other persistent conditions.

According to a report from the National Research Council’s Ad Hoc Panel of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development, neem preparation from the leaves or oils can be used as general antiseptics.

 Because neem contains antibacterial properties, it is highly effective in treating epidermal conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It is also used for treating -

  • septic sores

  • infected burns

  • scrofula

  • indolent ulcers

  • ringworm

Stubborn warts can be cleared up when a high-quality neem product is used.Unlike synthetic chemicals that often produce side effects such as rashes, allergic reactions, or redness, neem doesn’t seem to create any of these results.

 Have a look at our reference links now -

1. Neem tree-Azadirachta indica by Steve Nix
2. Neem- The village pharmacy by vedicheritaginc.com
3. Neem_ Village Pharmacy by www.neemtree.info

Neem Oil’s Medicinal Magic

Neem oil is famous world over for its various amazing benefits to the human body. The oil is very potent and highly medicinal in nature. It is possibly the best antiseptic and cure about just any and every human ill.

Neem leaf, bark and oil are packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Neem leaf is rich in naturally occurring Quercetin, which is well known as a compound that supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation. Neem leaf and bark are also well documented for their immune-boosting compounds that protect against noncystic acne without drying skin – a particularly important consideration for all skin types.

In Ayurveda, Neem is considered cooling, soothing and astringent: Cooling because it helps to cool and calm the skin, scalp, gums or wherever it is applied; Soothing because it has been used for thousands of years to support healthy skin and is traditionally used to normalize irritated, rough or exceptionally dry skin or scalp; Astringent because it helps to tighten skin or scalp tissue normalize, balance and promote youthful and healthy skin. One might consider Neem in the common three-step skin system of cleanse, tone and moisturize — Neem is all three in one!

Some of the constituents in Neem that are important to healthy skin, scalp and hair include:

  • Catechin: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
  • Cyclic tetrasulfide: anti-fungal
  • Epicatechin: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
  • Gallic acid: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
  • Gedunin: anti-fungal
  • Margolone: anti-bacterial
  • Mahmoodin: anti-bacterial
  • Nimbin: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-histamine
  • Nimbidin: anti-fungal, analgesic
  • Polysaccharides: anti-inflammatory
  • Quercetin: exerts strong anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators.
  • Sodium nimbinate: anti-inflammatory

Certified-organic and ethically wild-crafted Neem oil and Neem leaf extracts are commonly likened to tea tree essential oil for their broad-spectrum actions. However Neem oil is cold-pressed and not distilled, so it is not as drying or irritating as tea tree oil can be. All forms of Neem are soothing and nourishing to the skin and scalp. Neem leaf has a mild aroma and can be taken internally as a dietary supplement or applied topically. Neem bark has even more antioxidants than the leaf and oil. It also is an excellent exfoiliant that can be used in a masque to pull out the impurities and tighten pores. Neem oil has a rich, nutty, garlic-like aroma that smells like food but it is the most concentrated of the three neem products and is only used for external applications.

Have a look at our reference links now -

1.Home Remedies by www.organicfacts.net
2.Home Remedies for toenail fungus by www.totsl-health-care.com
3.benefits of neem leaves by ayurvedahealthblog.blogspot.com

Neem Seed Oil – Fine Healer

Neem seed essential oil is one wonderful oi that has the ability to cure just about any and every ill that bothers the human and even the race of certain animals. The oil is highly antiseptic in nature and cures many seemingly incurable diseases.

Neem oil is bio-degradable and has proven to be non-toxic to mammals, birds, bees or earthworms. It is biodegradable and breaks down easily and quickly. Neem has also proven to be not harmful to adult beneficial insects, since it primarily affects only plant sap-sucking insects, which feed upon the treated plants. However it is recommended that care should be taken not to spray neem oil solution when honey bees and the larvae of beneficials like ladybugs, etc. are present. Neem oil spray like any other oil spray can also burn leaves if sprayed in sun.

For thousands of years the beneficial properties of Neem (Azadirachta indica A. Juss) have been recognized in the Indian tradition. Each part of the neem tree has some medicinal property. Biswas et al (2002) have recently reviewed the biological activities some of the neem compounds, pharmacological actions of the neem extracts, clinical study and plausible medicinal applications of neem along with their safety evaluation.

Neem has two closely related species: A. indica A. Juss and M. azedarac, the former is popularly known as Indian neem (margosa tree) or Indian lilac, and the other as the Persian lilac. Neem has been extensively used in ayurveda, unani and homoeopathic medicine.The Sanskrit name of neem tree is Arishtha meaning ‘reliever of sickness’ and hence is considered as Sarbaroganibarini. The tree is still regarded as ‘village dispensary’ in India. The importance of the neem tree has been recognized by US National Academy of Sciences, which published a report in 1992 entitled ‘Neem – a tree for solving global problems’.

More than 135 compounds have been isolated from different parts of neem and several reviews have also been published on the chemistry and structural diversity of these compounds. The compounds have been divided into two major classes: isoprenoids (like diterpenoids and triterpenoids containing protomeliacins, limonoids, azadirone and its derivatives, gedunin and its derivatives, vilasinin type of compounds and C- secomeliacins such as -

  • Nimbin
  • Salanin
  • Azadirachtin
  • Non-isoprenoids, which are proteins (amino acids)
  • Carbohydrates (polysaccharides)

And the other compounds being, sulphurous compounds, polyphenolics such as flavonoids and their glycosides, dihydrochalcone, coumarin and tannins, aliphatic compounds, etc.

Go through our reference links now -

1. The many health benefits of neem by writer1
2. Neem and environment by www.neemfoundation.org
3. Neem is good for by www.discoverneem.com

Neem Oil’s Healing Acts

Neem essential oil has many uses, most of which most of us are unaware. The oil is amazing for infections and many stomach related diseases. The oil is even known to cure acne and many other skin related chronic problems.

Neem oil is derived by pressing the seed kernels of the neem tree. It is very bitter with a garlic/sulfur smell. A single seed may contain up to 50 percent oil by weight. Neem oil is an excellent moisturizing oil and contains various compounds that have insecticidal and medicinal properties. It is used in making shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, mosquito repellants, creams and lotions, pet products like pet shampoo, etc.

It also contains vitamin E, other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. Neem oil is used for treating many skin diseases viz. eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, etc. and is being studied for making contraceptives in India. A compound found in Neem Oil and neem leaves extract- ‘Salannin’, has been proven to be safer but more effective insect repellant than DEET. Neem provides protection from not only mosquitoes, but also from biting flies, sand fleas and ticks.

Neem oil has been used for hundreds of years in controlling plant pests and diseases. Many researches have shown that the spray solution of neem oil helps to control common pests like -

  • White flies
  • Aphids
  • Scales
  • Mealy bugs
  • Spider mites
  • Locusts
  • Thrips
  • Japanese beetles

Neem oil also works as a fungicide and helps control powdery mildew. Some people have also experienced good results with neem oil spray on black spot. Orchid owners use pure neem oil spray to control pests like mealybugs, spidermites, etc. One of the main ingredients in neem seed oil is Azadirachtin that works as an insect growth regulator, thus preventing the larval stage to molt into an adult. As neem is very bitter in taste, it also works as an antifeedant thus making the leaves sprayed with it very distasteful for the bugs to eat, and the bugs choose to starve themselves than eat the leaves treated with neem.

Have a look at our reference links now -

1. The many health benefits of neem by writer1
2. Neem and environment by www.neemfoundation.org
3. Neem is good for by www.discoverneem.com

Fighting Viruses – Neem

Neem is one of those herbs whose absence used to prove detrimental to the early people who used it for about every minor or major problem. The oil that is obatined from the its seeds is very very beneficial for skins ailments and even viral infections and a lot of other things.

Early Ayurvedic practitioners believed high sugar levels in the body caused skin disease.Neem’s bitter quality was considered to counteract the sweetness.Indians historically bathed in neem leaves steeped in hot water.This is still considered a common procedure for curing skin ailments or allergic reactions.

Psoriasis is successfully treated with neem oil.The oil moisturizes and protects the skin while healing the lesions, scaling and irritations.Experiments have shown that patients with psoriasis who have taken neem leaf orally, combined with tropical treatment with neem extracts and neem seed oil, achieve results at least as positive as those who use coal tar and cortisone, the more traditional treatments. Coal tar products are messy and smelly and cortisone can thin the skin when used repeatedly.Neem has neither side effect. It can be used for extended periods of time without any side effects, is easy to apply and is relatively inexpensive.

In India, neem is also used to treat viral diseases such as -

  • small-pox
  • chicken-pox

Even many medical practitioners use a paste of neem leaves, rubbed directly on the infected skin, for these conditions.

Experiments with smallpox, chicken pox and fowl-pox have shown that neem is quite effective for preventing if not for curing these conditions.The neem extracts absorb the viruses, preventing them from spreading to unaffected cells.Neem has also been shown to be effective against herpes virus and the viral DNA polymers of the hepatitis B virus.

Laboratory experiments have shown that neem has antibacterial characteristics as well.For example the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, a feared cause of food poisonings as well as of furuncles and abscesses, reacted to neem treatment. Also, German experiments proved that a neem seed extract with ethanol is effective against the herpes viruses.

Neem truly seems like miraculous natural drug. Neem has been shown to provide an antiviral treatment option for small-pox, chicken-pox, and warts. It is particularly useful for these conditions when applied directly to the skin. This is due in part to its ability to inhibit viruses from multiplying and spreading.

Chronic fatigue is considered to be caused by both viral and fungal infections. Neem, which can attack both, helps the body fight this debilitating syndrome.
Minor cuts, sprains and bruises are treated with neem lotion, cream or leaf extract applied locally. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial attributes are soothing to these conditions.

Go through our reference links now -

1. Neem tree-Azadirachta indica by Steve Nix
2. Neem- The village pharmacy by vedicheritaginc.com
3. Neem_ Village Pharmacy by www.neemtree.info