The neem tree or dogoyaro tree is a very common tree that grows around us. I believe that some of us might never know some health benefits of these natural occurring trees around us until we are told. In Sanskrit, neem is arista, which means something that is perfect, imperishable and complete. Not only its leaves, but the tree's seeds, roots and bark also contain important compounds that have many medicinal and beauty properties.
A traditional potent medicine, health benefits of neem leaves have been talked about for centuries now. It would be uncommon to not see a neem tree in any Nigerian home or neighbourhood. Do you know? Neem leaves contain over 130 different types of biological compounds, such as nimbin, nimandial which help heal the body and promote healthy living. Today, let us educate you a little about the many health benefits of neem leaves.
Neem is best known for its anti aging properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, neem protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, pollution and other environmental factors. The vitamins and fatty acids in neem improve and maintain the elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines. This make you and your skin look rejuvenated and youthful.
Neem is also beneficial in fighting against fungal infection. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties keep the harmful bacteria and fungi at bay. Thus, it protects the skin and keeps the skin related diseases away.
Here are some of the health benefits and magical properties of neem leaves
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
Neem leaves are used to treat fungal and bacterial infections. They are used to treat warts as well as chicken pox. Either the paste is applied on the affected area or the person is made to bathe in neem water. It can also treat foot fungi.
Good for your bones
It's not just milk which is essential for building strong bones. Neem leaves contain powerful calcium and mineral content in them which help build strong bones and reduce any inflammation. In traditional branches of medicine, neem leaves and neem oil is often prescribed to elderly patients to relieve arthritic pain and any stiffness or pain which comes with age. Regularly massaging the skin with neem oil also helps promote strong bone health.
You can keep neem soaked cotton near your windows or burn neem leaves to ward off insects. It is extremely effective and is used to fight mosquito menace.
Supports oral hygiene
Our oral hygiene holds the door to the buildup of harmful pathogens and infection spreading germs. Neem, with its active properties, works to decrease the micro organism culture and germs from attacking your body. Many people also like chewing neem leaves regularly for the same reason. It also promotes fresh breath, maintains a pH level in the saliva and protects oral health from any sort of decay. For the same reason, neem is an active ingredient present in many kinds of toothpaste.
Neem tea is also widely prescribed to reduce fever, especially the malaria one. Since neem tastes bitter, the tea acquires a similar taste but works magically.
Chewing neem twigs for dental hygiene and care is an age old Indian tradition. In Indian households, people used to brush their teeth using twigs of neem. And these days you find neembased toothpaste to ensure good dental health. Due to its antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antifungal properties, it keeps away all sorts of dental infections and diseases.
Strong and long hair
Neem also helps in strengthening hair quality and promotes growth of hair. Neem paste is also used as a hair conditioner. Due to its antibacterial, antifungal and anti inflammatory properties, neem is an excellent way to curb dandruff. This makes hair follicles stronger, thus encouraging hair growth too. It provides the required nourishment and conditioning to the roots, making them stronger and shinier.
Treat skin disorder
The neem leaf has a detoxifying property. It is used to treat eczema and other skin infections.
Neem is also an excellent source of moisturizer for the skin. By applying neem oil, the fatty acids and vitamins in it moisturize and condition your skin, making it clearer and youthful. The vitamin E in neem oil repairs the damaged skin and also limits the effect of environment changes that can lead to skin damage.
You will commonly find neem used in products such as bath powders, shampoos, skin lotion, toothpaste and many companies have even started marketing neem leaf capsule for better immunity.
With the dengue menace round the corner, it also works as a brilliant source to repel insects.
Hope you learnt something new today. For me, traditional medicine is better than Orthodox. We are blessed with resources that are natural with no side effects that can help us out in any health challenges if only we know better
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