Azadirachta indica, also known as neem ( South Asia ), neem tree or Indian lilac. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta and is native to the Indian subcontinent, i.e. India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives.
Neem tree Benefits:
- Neem is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of up to 66ft. Neem trees are evergreen, during a drought it may shade all its leaves.
- Neem leaves are used in ayurvedic medicines. Neem leaves have antibiotic properties.
- The tender shoots and flowers of the neem tree are eaten as a vegetable in India.
- Neem flowers are also used in Shambar ( Soup like dish ) in Tamil Nadu.
- Neem tender leaves are used with potato fry in Bihar and UP.
- Neem leaves pickle is a popular dish in Myanmar.
- Daily consumption of neem leaves believed to boost immunity against snake bite.
- Neem leaves are also used to chase away mosquitoes.
- Neem has anti-parasitic properties. It is used to treat worms/parasites in human bodies.
- Neem is also used to treat diabetes in some ayurvedic medicine.
- Neem has antifungal properties.
- Neem oil is used to treat dandruff problems. Neem oil is also considered very good for healthy hair.
- Neem has antibacterial, antiviral properties that are useful in treating skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis.
- Neem gum is a natural extract from the neem tree that is clear, bright and amber-colored material non-bitter in taste and is soluble in cold water. It is used as a bulking agent and for the preparation of special-purpose food. Neem gum is a rich source of protein.
- Neem seeds powder is used as a pesticide by farmers in the Indian sub-continent.
- Neem oil can cause some forms of toxic encephalopathy and ophthalmopathy if consumed in large quantities.