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Neem or ‘Neemba’ as it is known in Ayurvedic scriptures, has been used for centuries because of its healing properties for multiple diseases. It was commonly referred to as the “village pharmacy”. The tree is also known as Margosa or Indian Lilac and grows mostly in India and other South-East Asian nations. Neem has multiple applications in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic Perspective of Neem Rasa (taste) of neem is bitter, Guna (quality) is dry, light to digest and it’s Veerya (potency) is cold in nature. Using neem in summer balances the natural Pitta properties of the summer months which are hot and oily. Among many health benefits of neem, some of the notable ones are: Sheeta (has a cooling effect on body), Vranahara (cleanses and heals wound), Kushtahara (useful in skin disease) and Pittahara (balances Pitta).
Here are 5 amazing benefits of neem that makes this evergreen tree so special in Ayurveda.
1.Skin Problems Neem is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. In Ayurvedic treatments, neem has been used for acne, allergies, skin infections, rashes, eczema and hives. The paste made of neem leaves and bark genuinely helps with skin problems. It can make your skin clear, disease-free and glowing. Apply a paste of neem leaves for 5-10 minutes before bath. If you cannot find fresh neem leaves, use Jiva Neem Mud Pack which is enriched with Multani Mitti for enhanced benefits.
2.Dandruff Dandruff is caused by imbalanced Vata and Kapha. Neem balances vitiated Kapha and Vata, thereby controlling dandruff. The flaking of scalp may also be caused by bacteria, neem has anti-bacterial properties, which fight against bacteria and prevent further damage on scalp skin. Put 2-3 fistful neem leaves in one cup of hot water and leave it to soak overnight. Next day, make a paste and apply it on your hair before bathing.
3.Joint Inflammation Neem has been used in Ayurveda for its pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties. Joint inflammation is common in Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. To get relief from joint pain, boil 100 gms of neem leaves in 250 ml of water for 30 minutes, or until the water is reduced to half. Drink 50 ml of this neem concentrate twice a day, for a month for relief.
4.Oral Health Anti-bacterial properties in neem are very effective in fighting bacteria. Regular use of neem-based toothpaste reduces the formation of plaque and tar significantly. If possible, chew on a neem twig, the bitterness helps in flushing out toxins and improves salivation. You can also use neem toothpaste for similar benefits. A very good suggestion is Ayurfresh Toothpaste.
5.Blood Cleanse When the blood becomes impure, it starts producing acne, pimples and other skin diseases. Impure blood also results in general weakness, hairfall and weak eyesight. Neem is very effective in cleansing blood by flushing out toxins. A mixture made of neem powder and turmeric works best for blood purification. If you cannot find neem leaves, you can try Neem Syrup.
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