Benefits of Neem, the Wonder Leaf That Keeps Diseases at Bay
From bad breath to acne, indigestion to hairfall, neem is the one-step solution to all your health and beauty woes.
It’s all around you – in beauty products, in health tonics and topical medications. Neem is so packed with benefits, it has the health and beauty industry salivating over it! In Ayurveda, Neem is the star weapon against disease. Ayruveda describes neem as sarva roga nivarini (that which keeps all diseases at bay). Be it skin woes or stubborn dandruff, digestion or fungal infections, neem has your back every time.
The Quint deciphers the most incredible qualities of neem and why you need more of it in your plate:-
Neem Leaves: Health’s No 1 Protector
Ayurveda practitioners swear by the antioxidant properties of neem. Not only is it known to remove toxins from the body, but also to purify the blood. Chewing neem leaves aids digestion and boosts immune system. Besides, the anti-bacterial properties of neem works wonders for the skin, preventing and curing skin infections, burns and wounds.
Neem balances Pitta dosha due to its bitterness and due to its astringent taste, helps in healing.Dr Shikha Sharma, Nutritionist
Neem leaves are loaded with several beauty benefits. It gives you a radiant skin and goes to war against acne, dark spots and pigmentation!
Wash your hair with neem water to battle dry damaged hair. The healing properties of neem give a distinct shine to your hair, keeping dandruff and scalp allergies away.
Neem Flowers and Twigs: Wellness Must Haves
Neem flowers are the only non-bitter part of the neem tree. Besides adding that zing to your meal as a flavour enhancer, neem flowers, in powder form, are effective against intestinal worms and digestive disorders. They even have a calming effect. They have soothing properties and are used in aromatherapy. Neem flower juice boosts metabolism and helps you lose stubborn belly fat.
Neem twigs, on the other hand, promote oral health and prevent plaque, mouth ulcers and keep harmful bacteria at bay.
The most important bioactive compounds present in Neem are azadirachtin, nimbidin, nimbidiol and nimbin which shows antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties .Dr Shikha Sharma, Nutritionist
Neem Oil: Skin’s Magic Potion
Neem oil is nothing short of a magic potion for skin and hair. Extracted from neem seeds, neem oil is a constant ingredient in soaps, shampoos, medicines, oils and topical medicines. It prevents and cures rashes, and is an excellent mosquito ad insect repellent.
Neem oil also works wonders in curing blackheads and keeping hair and skin healthy and radiant. Not many know this, but neem oil is an effective natural remedy against hair lice.
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