The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) has a history of popularity due to its medicinal properties. This herb has found used in Ayurveda for over two millennia in India. Some of the Ayurvedic remedies using this herb are nearly 5000 years old. Neem, also known as Indian lilac or margosa, is a tree from the mahogany family that grows in India’s tropical and semi-tropical regions. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant, evergreen tree with pinnate leaves, fragrant white flowers, and an olive-like green fruit.
Neem - The Wonder Tree
Ayurveda calls neem the ‘tree of wonder’ because of its varied of astounding health benefits which can sustain the health needs of an entire community. Most Ayurvedic medicines or beauty products use it in some form or another.
The oil and leaves are the most commonly used part of the tree. Ayurveda uses the roots, bark, flowers, and seeds for medicinal purposes. Neem oil comes from the fruit and seeds of the neem tree. It can be helpful for issues related to skin, hair, respiratory system, urinary tract, blood circulation, and the reproductive system.
It is famous (or infamous) for its potent smell and bitter taste. When consumed orally, it has a high cooling effect on the body. This is beneficial in pacifying pitta dosha and restoring balance in the body. Symptoms of imbalance may be inflammation, skin rash, or GI tract disorders. The bitter, dry, and light neem can also be ideal for countering sluggish properties to balance kapha dosha. However, these same properties are the reason why it aggravates vata types.
Recent studies acknowledge the efficacy of this herb on a variety of health concerns. It has begun to appear in cosmetic and medicinal products worldwide. The neem tree has 125+ bioactive plant compounds and various phytochemicals that work as antiviral agents and powerful immune-stimulants.
Ayurveda recognizes neem as arista – something that is perpetual, perfect, and complete. It stars as a holistic ingredient and a powerhouse of health benefits in a natural and raw state. Ayurveda’s centuries of observational research formulate a way to return to our roots and find solutions to everyday health problems.
Benefits of Neem For Skin
Other Benefits of Neem
Additional Benefits of Neem
Other well-known benefits include:
- Cleaning and healing wounds
- Helpful in diabetes and lowering blood glucose levels
- Beneficial in treating tinnitus and chronic headaches
- Useful in indigestion and GI tract problems
- Managing intestinal worms and absorbing excess moisture from the intestine
- Useful in UTI (urinary tract infections)
- Highly beneficial for oral hygiene, reducing plaque and gum diseases
Organic Neem Capsules. Ayurveda recommends it be consumed with warm water.