Neem- Beam of Ayurvedic light!

Neem is considered a wonder leaf in the study of Ayurveda, many have termed it as the plant of the 21st century as it not only holds traditional significance but is still being used in Ayurvedic treatments even to this day! Botanically known as Azadirachta Indica, every part of the tree can be used be it the leaves, flowers, bark, etc.

The many beliefs surrounding Neem leaves

Many Indians even today believe that Neem wards off evil spirits and adorn their doorsteps with it during festivals to ward off negative vibrations and the evil eye. It is also used to decorate goddesses and holds significance especially during festivals like Gudi Padwa, Aadi time /the summer time as it is strictly believed to eliminate the occurrence of certain skin diseases like chickenpox in the family. They believe that Mariamman, the Goddess loves the plant and will cure these diseases and hence spread Neem leaves on the beds of those suffering although in Ayurvedic studies it is held that the Neem extracts toxins from the body.

Its many pluses

  • The Neem has many essential properties including anti-cancer, antibacterial, detoxifying, and antiviral in addition to help cure eye diseases, skin diseases, etc.
  • The Neem oil is used for healthy hair.
  • It helps improve liver functions, and treat diabetic conditions.
  • Neem paste is consumed by including it in our everyday diet, during summer season; it is believed that since it purifies the body and blood it will mark a fresh beginning for the year.
  • The bark is used to cleanse teeth even today in most rural areas, people use this regularly.
  • Neem and Jaggery is an important part of the concoction made during Ugadi [New Year – in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka] since the bitter taste [Neem] and sweet [Jaggery] represent the ups and downs faced in a human life.

And so

Although, it should be noted that excessive consumption of Neem oil may pose harm to the individual. Pregnant woman and infants must avoid it or consult your Ayurvedic specialist before consuming it.

Author: Nitya Pydipati

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