Grow neem trees for good health
Grow neem trees for good health (Photo:Twitter)
Neem trees are valued throughout tropical Asia for their medicinal and other useful purposes. The whole of the neem tree, including its leaves and barks, comes with several medicinal benefits. Owing to its health benefits, planting of neem trees has been promoted in several countries such as the Middle East, Africa, Cuba and Guatemala among others.
Neem trees are known to purify the air, increase soil fertility and is used as an effective botanical insecticide. The benefits of growing a neem tree are limitless.
Below are a few reasons for growing a neem tree in your vicinity:
- Use neem tree tender branches for dental health: Chewing sticks are an ancient method of maintaining dental health and hygiene. With the invention of toothbrushes/electric toothbrushes, chewing sticks are a thing of the past. However, chewing on a neem tree stick can help the teeth and gum to be clean and healthy. In fact, a lot of commercial toothpastes also use neem extracts.
- Neem tree leaves to treat illnesses: Since ancient times, neem trees have been a part of the Indian folk medicine. The bitter leaves and flowers are eaten as potherb. The leaves are prescribed for many ailments, including intestinal parasites, swollen glands, bruises, sprains, and malaria. The leaf extracts have been proven to have antiviral activity and delay blood clotting and have been known to use as snakebite treatment. The leaf essential oil has strong antibacterial and antifungal activity.
- The bark as antibiotic: Just like other parts of neem tree, the bark and root bark have been used to treat malaria, jaundice, and intestinal parasites. The fruit has been used to treat urinary disorders and haemorrhoids.
- The seeds of neem tree as insecticides: Like the leaf oil, the seed oil is used as antifungal and antiseptic. The seed oil of the neem tree can be effective against various types of insects, acting as a repellent, antifeedant and disrupting growth-regulating hormones. But unlike other insecticides, neem oil insecticides have very low toxicity to humans, plants, and other animals, including certain beneficial insects.
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So, grow a neem tree around your house and enjoy its several health benefits.
First Published: Friday, August 31, 2018 05:25 PM