Neem is also known as Indian lilac or neem tree. It comes from the mahogany family and grows mostly in the Indian subcontinent which consists of India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.
It flourishes in semi-tropical and tropical regions only. Neem is also found on the islands located in southern Iran. Neem oil extracted from the neem plant is said to be extremely beneficial for health.
Nutritional Value of Neem
Neem contains various antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anthelmintic properties. Neem oil can be extracted with diluted alcohol, ethyl acetate, petrol ether and ether. It also contains amorphous sulphur. Neem is loaded with antibacterial properties which is why it tastes extremely bitter. They also serve as a natural insecticide. Nowadays Neem urea is used as a substitute to plain urea fertilizer especially in India. It also improves soil health, fertilizer’s efficacy and reduces pollution to a great extent.
Health Benefits of Neem
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Neem
Neem contains antibacterial properties
The leaves of neem not only contain antibacterial properties but also contain antiviral and antifungal properties. The properties are so strong that it can also control the pathogens in manure. Neem stick also contains microbial effects, in most places neem stick is usually chewed by people to promote oral health and to keep teeth free from cavities or plaque. Neem can also be used to control spoilage organisms and foodborne pathogens.
May work as a contraceptive in some cases
Neem has an anti-fertility effect due to the strong properties it possesses. In a lot of studies, rats that had been treated with neem oil surprisingly remained infertile for some time. Neem oil can also kill sperms, hence can be used as a spermicide. Researches also show that woman who applied neem oil intravaginally just before sexual intercourse couldn’t get pregnant after that particular intercourse. However, Neem oil doesn’t affect the testosterone level in men.
Neem oil helps asthma patients and also helps in treating cough, fever, and controls phlegm. Consuming a few drops of neem oil each day can do wonders and offer you healthy lungs. It cures asthma and prevents asthma completely if consumed on a daily basis. It can be chewed raw or mixed with beverages.
Helps to treat ulcers
Ulcers and gastric issues are very common and proton pump inhibitors are a few of the remedies which one usually adopts, but it is however not natural and can cause side effects. Therefore, neem is very effective and safe in treating gastric hyperacidity and ulcers. The extract from the neem bark has powerful properties to cure these ailments safely. This usually happens because Neem increases the quantity of gastric mucus which plays a major role in combating ulcers.
Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem
Neem can have certain side effects too even though it possesses strong healing properties. Neem shouldn’t be consumed by infants because it contains certain substances which is known to cause Reye’s syndrome in infants. Even a small dosage can prove fatal for them. It can also cause allergies, infertility, miscarriages in women and stomach irritation. It can also cause kidney damage if it is taken excessively and can increase fatigue. People with already low blood pressure are advised not to consume Neem.
Cultivation of Neem
Neem can thrive in sub-humid to humid areas which receive 400 to 1,200 millimeters of rainfall. It grows well in sandy or deeply drained soil.