In Charaka Samhita (Ayurveda’s prime text), Neem tree is described as Sarva roga nivarini (which keeps all diseases at bay) or Arishtha (reliever of diseases).
So today on Beautiful Tuesday, let us help ourselves to be more self cautious with help of ‘one tree pharmacy’ Neem.
NEEM SKIN TONER
There are so many skin toners available, then also why we need this DIY Neem skin toner?
See what all this toner can do–
— Treats skin infection
— Prevents acne breakouts
— Gives clear and glowing skin
— Treats pimples
— Controls excess oils
— Treats skin dryness
— Delays sign of skin aging
— Heals psoriasis
— Treats eczema
— Clears acne and dark pigmentation
— Treats skin alletgies and infections
So what are we waiting for….
Take 20 Neem leaves and boil in half a litre of water till the leaves are soft and discoloured and the water turns green. Strain and store in a bottle. Use this liquid as a skin toner by just dipping a cotton ball into it and wiping your face with it every day.
Do this daily to see the difference…
EATING NEEM LEAVES
Neem are natural blood purifier, removes toxins from body and purify the organs, this was the perfect lecture from Ma, to force us to have Neem leaves.
Get some baby Neem leaves, grind into a fine paste, swallow a cheery size paste added with Gud (jaggery ) and drink lot of water.
We fry Neem leaves with brinjal known as ‘neem begun’, a very popular Bengali receipe.
Bengali meals always start with something bitter…. Usually the Karela fry or Shukto or Gima saag or neem flowers or neem leaves, when available…
I have developed a taste for Neem-Begun and I love it. Sharing the receipe…
Neem leaves 10
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
Fry the leaves and take it out. Then fry the brinjal cut into small pieces, add salt. Add the fried leaves and mix well.
Have with hot rice while starting the meal.
Beside eating, dried Neem leaves are burnt to keep away mosquitoes.
Dried neem leaves are put in cereals, grains to protect them from insects.
In the Indian states of Andhra pradesh and Karnataka, Neem flower is very popular for the use in ‘Ugadi Pachadi’ which is made on Ugadi day.
Most part of the Neem tree are awfully bitter, with the exception of its flower. White and delicate, Neem flowers with their off-white buds are almost too pretty to be eaten and unbelievably therapeutic. During monsoon, it blooms.
It cures skin problems.
It cures stomach problems.
It improves eyesight.
It treats headache.
It reduces weight.
Add fresh or dried Neem flowers in mixed vegetable and relish its taste.
The flower oil is used in aromatherapy and has a calming and restorative effect.
NEEM FRUIT ( NIMBOLI)
The fruit possesses, a very unique bitter- sweet taste, has a smooth glabrous rind with single seed. When ripe it is eaten by many, by simply peeling the skin.
Neem oil is extracted from this fruit.
Very bitter but really good for people suffering from type 2 diabetes and ofcourse meant for health conscious people. ..
Neem leaves 5-6
Water 1 cup
Boil one cup of water, add 5- 6 neem leaves. Strain and serve. Can add lemon juice or honey, if desired.
A useful tea from Mother Nature’s drugstore…
NEEM TREE BARK
Neem tree bark are dried and powered to treat numerous medical illnesses and as a potent pesticide.
The aqueous extract of neem bark also possesses anticomplement and immunostimulant activity.
It produce highly potent antiacid secretory and antiulcer activity.
Powder of the bark is also used by many to make neem tea.
Ayurvedic medicines are made to cure fever.
DARK EYE CIRCLE’S
Are you worried about your dark eye circles and already spent a fortune on expensive medicines?
Make a paste of water and neem powder and apply around your eyes. Wash after 15 minutes. Do this daily and write to me about the miraculous difference…
Just massage your nails and cuticles with a few drops of Neem oil. It makes the nails strong, prevents from peeling or becoming brittle.
Wash your hand after some time to remove that strong smell.
Try and be benefitted…
Neem, the panacea of all diseases, generates heat in the body. This is supportive for generating intense forms of energy, but according to studies too much bitter is harmful for the liver. Therefore take Neem 4 days a week to maintain the balance. Neem helps to keep pitha dosha in balance.
The tropical evergreen Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) was Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite. Prayer meetings that he conducted at the Sabarmati Ashram were held under the neem tree and neem leaf chutney was a part of his everyday diet.
According to Indian mythology, during the churning of the Palazi, the ocean of milk, Lord Dhanvanthari appeared from the ocean, with pot, full of nectar. Lord Indra, the king of devas, while taking the pot to Deva loka, spilled a few drops of nectar on the earth and legand has it that the Neem tree originated from the nectar.
Have you experienced the neem magic? Have you tried any of this before? Were they good enough or effective?
Share with your comments…