As a child I remember my grand mother offering water and flowers to the neem tree in our backyard. Our neighbors used to come with sacred thread and tie it in the neem tree , wishing this will fulfill their desire. As a child I also used to believe it but as I grew up I understood that these are just superstitious believes and an escape from reality. However I realized that why neem tree is given so much importance. If we ponder then we will find that neem tree is very beneficial for health. In Indian ancient literature also Neem tree is considered boon for human race. The whole neem tree is used by us for different purposes.
Neem leaves – neem leaves are used in various ways . the tender young leaves are chewed to keep stomach problems at bay.
In case of eye pain, secretion and swelling in eye, grind some tender leaves and keep it overnight on eyelids. Within a week the problem will resolve.
To disinfect any wound, boil some neem leaves and use this water for cleaning wound. It works as antiseptic and will help in curing.
In case of pox make a bed of neem leaves for sleeping and boil some leaves in water and used the water for bathing. It provides great relief from pain and irritation.
Keeping dry neem leaves in the corners of room keep termites away.
Chew some tender neem leaves to increase appetite. It also helps in case of after fever loss of appetite.
Make a side dish of neem leaves cooked with potato or brinjal once a week. It helps in detoxifying our body.
Neem stick – neem sticks are also very useful.
Neem stick is primarily used as ‘ Datun’ ( brushing). Brushing with neem stick makes teeth white and stronger.
In case of malaria fever, grind the neem stick into powder and make small tablets. Have one tablet after every 4 hours. It help in killing the germs from body.
It is used as natural toothpick.
Neem bark – It is used in case of high fever, make “kara’ of neem bark and drink twice a day. It brings relieve from body pain.
In case of septic wound, apply a paste of neem bark mixed with water. It helps in drying the wound.
Neem wood – neem wood is used to make furniture.
Dry Neem wood is also used for cooking purposes in villages.