Friday, 6 December 2013

Benefits of the Holy Tulsi

Benefits of the Holy Tulsi (Basil)

The Tulsi or holy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshiped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Here're top fifteen medicinal uses of tulsi.

1. Healing Power: The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.

2. Fever & Common Cold: The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against these diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In between one can keep giving sips of cold water. In children, it is every effective in bringing down the temperature.

3. Coughs: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.

4. Sore Throat: Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

5. Respiratory Disorder: The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. They should be boiled in half a liter of water till only half the water is left and add then taken.

6. Kidney Stone: Basil has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract.

7. Heart Disorder: Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

8. Children's Ailments: Common pediatric problems like cough cold, fever, diarrhea and vomiting respond favorably to the juice of basil leaves. If pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.

9. Stress: Basil leaves are regarded as an 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves afford significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.

10. Mouth Infections: The leaves are quit effective for the ulcer and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions.

11. Insect Bites: The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is taken and is repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.

12. Skin Disorders: Applied locally, basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It has also been tried successfully by some naturopaths in the treatment of leucoderma.

13. Teeth Disorder: The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.

14. Headaches: Basil makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, and for providing coolness in general.

15. Eye Disorders: Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black basil juice are put into the eyes daily at bedtime.

DISCLAIMER: These are only general guidelines as a first aid. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case. The views expressed above are entirely those of the author. 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Get the Health Benefits of Cinnamon


Cinnamon (Cinnamomum velum or C. cassia) has long been considered a "wonder food" in various cultures and science has shown that its active oil components such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol do convery certain health benefits. While medical research is varied as to the extent of cinnamon's health benefits and the jury's still out as to whether cinnamon can truly combat disease, cinnamon does have a therapeutic role in certain ailments such as digestive troubles and minor bacterial infections or colds.



Cinnamon is best known as a spice, sprinkled on toast and lattes. But extracts from the bark of the cinnamon tree have also been used traditionally as medicine throughout the world.

Why do people take cinnamon?

Some research has found that a particular type of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. However, other studies have not found a benefit. Studies of cinnamon for lowering cholesterol and treating yeast infections in people with HIV have been inconclusive.
Lab studies have found that cinnamon may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria. But it’s unclear what the implications are for people.
For now, studies have been mixed, and it’s unclear what role cinnamon may play in improving health.
Note : See the Warnings below before using cinnamon as a health product.


Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold. Around this time, cinnamon also received much attention in China, which is reflected in its mention in one of the earliest books on Chinese botanical medicine, dated around 2,700 B.C. Cinnamon’s popularity continued throughout history. It became one of the most relied upon spices in Medieval Europe. Due to its demand, cinnamon became one of the first commodities traded regularly between the Near East and Europe. Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean, while cassia is mainly produced in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

 How to Select and Store 

 How to Enjoy

 A Few Quick Serving Ideas: Enjoy one of the favorite kids’ classics – cinnamon toast - with a healthy twist. Drizzle flax seed oil onto whole wheat toast and then sprinkle with cinnamon and honey. Simmer cinnamon sticks with soymilk and honey for a deliciously warming beverage. Adding ground cinnamon to black beans to be used in burritos or nachos will give them a uniquely delicious taste. Healthy sauté lamb with eggplant, raisins and cinnamon sticks to create a Middle Eastern inspired meal. Add ground cinnamon when preparing curries.



Cinnamon is not a commonly allergenic food and is not known to contain measurable amounts of goitrogens, oxalates, or purines. Nutritional Profile Introduction to Food Rating System Chart The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good or good source. Next to the nutrient name you will find the following information: the amount of the nutrient that is included in the noted serving of this food; the %Daily Value (DV) that that amount represents (similar to other information presented in the website, this DV is calculated for 25-50 year old healthy woman); the nutrient density rating; and, the food's World's Healthiest Foods Rating. Underneath the chart is a table that summarizes how the ratings were devised. For more detailed information on our Food and Recipe Rating System, please go to

Cinnamon, Ground 

2.00 tsp 

11.84 calories 

Nutrient Amount DV 

(%) Nutrient 

Density World's Healthiest Foods Rating 

Manganese 0.76 mg 38.0 57.8 excellent

Dietary fiber 2.48 g 9.9 15.1 very good 

Iron 1.72 mg 9.6 14.5 very good

Calcium 55.68 mg 5.6 8.5 very good 

World's Healthiest Foods Rating Rule 

Excellent DV>=75% OR Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%

Very good DV>=50% OR Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5% 

Good DV>=25% OR Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%

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The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon is a plant. People use the bark and flower for medicine.

Cassia cinnamon is used for many conditions, but so far science has not confirmed that it is effective for any of them. Research does show, however, that it is probably not effective for lowering blood sugar in type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

In addition to diabetes, Cassia cinnamon is used for gas (flatulence), muscle andstomach spasms, preventing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, and loss of appetite.

How does it work?

Cassia cinnamon contains the chemical cinnamaldehyde, which might have activity against bacteria and fungi.

 Some Benefits of Cinnamon

 1.      Select and store cinnamon for the freshness. 

 Available in both stick and powder form, cinnamon should be handled with care to obtain the highest amount of potency.

·             Seal cinnamon in a tightly sealed glass container and store in a cool, dark, dry place. Use a jelly jar or canning materials for best results.

·             Ground cinnamon can be kept fresh for up to six months. Cinnamon sticks may stay fresh for up to one year.

·             Extend cinnamon’s shelf life by storing the spice in the refrigerator in a well-sealed container.

·             Smell the cinnamon to check for freshness. Make sure it has a sweet smell — a true indicator that it is fresh.

 2.      Consume between 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon a day to experience the health benefits from cinnamon. 

Depending on the reason for taking cinnamon therapeutically, some researchers believe that as little as ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon (2 to 4 grams) of ground cinnamon (either pre-ground or hand ground from a stick) provides enough of a benefit. Here are some ways to consume cinnamon:

·             Cinnamon can be baked into a dish or sprinkled on top of food.

·             Eating raw cinnamon may have a harsh taste and may be more palatable when mixed with food or drinks.

·             While mixing cinnamon in cold drinks or food provides the same health benefits as mixing it with hot dishes, cold food does not absorb the spice and may be more difficult to consume.

3.      Add cinnamon to warm drinks to reduce cold and flu effects. 

 Cinnamon’s oils and nutrient composition can reduce the symptoms of the virus.

·             Add one to two teaspoons of ground cinnamon to a steaming hot cup of green tea or cider. Add lemon juice to help combat a respiratory infection.

·             Add one to two teaspoons of ground cinnamon to your coffee before brewing. It gives the coffee a nice cinnamon flavor and is an easy way to incorporate cinnamon into your diet.

·             A dash or two of cinnamon added to soups such as lentil or black bean may add an exotic flavor, plus provide the warming goodness may bring relief to those feeling under the weather.

4. Use cinnamon as a post-meal digestive aid. 

If you experience heartburn or indigestion following a meal, cinnamon might help you as it can stimulate a weak digestive system. Try a cinnamon tea after a meal.

5. Season a high carb food with cinnamon to lower the impact it will have on blood sugar levels. 

 Research shows that cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, lowering blood sugar after eating. A study conducted at Malmo University Hospital examined how 14 subject’s stomachs emptied after eating rice pudding laced with cinnamon. Scientists concluded that the rice pudding lowered the gastric emptying rate from 37% to 34.5% and reduced blood sugar levels after eating.

·             A study published in 2009 suggests that taking/eating cinnamon twice a day for 90 consecutive days can improve blood sugar levels.

·             If you have diabetes, consult with your physician about the impact of cinnamon on your levels. Also, never substitute cinnamon for insulin.

 6. Smell cinnamon for boosted brain function. 

 According to a study authored by Dr. P. Zoladz, simply smelling cinnamon can boost cognitive processing.

·             Chewing cinnamon flavored gum or smelling fresh cinnamon has an impact on stimulating brain function.
7. Reduce heart disease and improve colon function with cinnamon. 

 Cinnamon is an excellent source of calcium and fiber. The combination of the two components binds and removes bile salts from the body--salts that have a damaging effect on the colon. When the bile is removed the body, it has to break down cholesterol to generate new bile, having a positive impact on atherosclerosis and heart disease prevention.

·             Although cinnamon tastes delightful when mixed with baked goods, skip the cookies and cakes in order to obtain the true health benefits and not counteract the impact of cinnamon on heart disease.

8. Decrease inflammation with cinnamon. 

Cinnamon can lower the release of arachidonic acid from cell membranes, which acts as an anti-inflammatory.

9. Tap into cinnamon benefits to act as an anticoagulant. 

 Cinnamaldehyde, one of cinnamon’s active oils, has been researched for its effects on blood platelets and it’s anti-clumping impact.

·             Don’t consume more than the recommended amount of cinnamon a day, especially if you have a blood disorder. High levels can lower your platelet levels, which can create uncontrollable bleeding.

·             Avoid eating cinnamon before surgery and tell your physician about any cinnamon consumption.


Side Effect:

 Cassia cinnamon is LIKELY SAFE when used in amounts commonly found in foods and in medicinal doses.

It is 
POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken in large amounts, long-term. Taking large amounts of cassia cinnamon might cause side effects in some people. Cassia cinnamon can contain large amounts of a chemical called coumarin. In people who are sensitive, coumarin might cause or worsen liver disease.

When applied to the skin, cassia cinnamon can sometimes cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions.
Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cassia cinnamon during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Cassia cinnamon can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully, if you have diabetes and use cassia cinnamon in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Liver disease: Cassia cinnamon contains some chemicals that might harm the liver. If you have liver disease, don’t take cassia cinnamon in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Surgery: Cassia cinnamon might affect blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking cassia cinnamon at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interaction be cautious with this combination

 Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CASSIA CINNAMON

Cassia cinnamon might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking cassia cinnamon along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

  Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with CASSIA CINNAMON
Taking very large doses of cassia cinnamon might harm the liver, especially in people with existing liver disease. Taking large amounts of cassia cinnamon along with medications that might also harm the liver might increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take large amounts of cassia cinnamon if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver.

Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Brain Act on Money

How your Brain Act on Money?

Money has the power to stir emotions and create drama fitting for a Shakespearean play. A raise in your salary gives you joy, but misery comes if you gamble your money away. You don't mind risk taking because it paves the way to future success, but you're panic-stricken when you lose money invested in stocks.
Then there is greed, one of the seven deadly sins in early Christian writings and the subject of a painting -- "The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things" -- that depicts greed as misers being boiled in a pot of gold.

What role does your brain play in the pursuit and handling of money?

Your brain wants you to be safe and alive, so it makes you go after basic human needs like food, shelter, love and the safety of a social group, i.e., family. But when you want to make money -- which often involves risk taking and calculating probabilities -- your brain doesn't necessarily feel safe.

Our brains are cravers: chocolate, ice cream and even alcohol. The brain doesn't want to bother with futuristic, "maybe" rewards. But the wise and smart parts of our brain will say: "Hold on, wait a minute, let's reassess" before we make a decision.
This momentary, alternative thinking helps us resist making impulsive financial choices that feel good during a shopping spree, but not in the long term.

Money, Joy, and Pain

The power of choice is within us when it comes to handling money in ways that won't cause pain.
Brian Knutson, a neuroscientist, studies the brain as it relates to money. Knutson uses special MRI images in his experiments while people are handling money. One thing he's found is that when cash is offered to someone, dopamine is released in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that is involved in reward and addiction.
So, money can make you happy quickly. But Knutson's research -- published in Neuron in 2007 -- also showed that losing cash can cause pain.
When people were in the midst of deciding to purchase some items, the emotional parts of the brain were activated. When the product was anticipated and desired, the nucleus accumbens (involving dopamine release) was activated.
But when the thought of financial loss was entertained (because of excessive prices), a part of the brain called the insula was activated. The insula typically "lights up" in people who feel or anticipate pain.
What is fascinating is that these areas have anticipatory effects that precede the decision to purchase. Consider this thought: "If I buy this lovely yet pricey perfume bottle, what would I have to give up in the future because of the money I am about to spend and lose?" Such thinking makes you go through imaginary checks and balances, pleasures and pains, before you open your wallet to the world.
What Knutson's research means for people in practical terms is that competing parts of your brain are at play when you make purchasing decisions. There's the pleasure-seeking part, and the part that wants to avoid pain.
If you can take a moment to contemplate the pain of being part with your money, you might be less inclined to take risks or make big purchases.

Savers and Spenders

The neurology of a shopping spree tells us that the brains of people who spend frivolously are wired differently than those who hold on to that last penny. Most people get pleasure out of owning the newest iPhone or going on a Caribbean cruise.  "Hell-with-tomorrow" is in operation here.
But savers and spenders have different traits that are independent of intelligence or rationality.
If you are a saver, you are better than your spender friend is at picturing what "not saving" looks or feels like. In other words, you have a sense of yourself in the future that is different from the picture of your current self. Therefore, you are better able to see that you might regret spending your money.
This is describing by the "future self-continuity" hypothesis. In one experiment whose results published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making in June 2009, people who rated higher on the future self-continuity index had a greater lifetime accumulation of financial assets regardless of age or education.
The take-home message is "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow." Develop a sense of a future-self if you want to accumulate wealth.

Fear-Based Choices

Fear and peer pressure also play a part in how people invest their money.
During stock market crashes, for example, many investors have reacted by selling off their shares -- a reaction based on fear rather than a thought-out choice based on long-term planning.
Deep in our brain sit two amygdales, a tiny collection of cells that get activated when we're afraid. This can presumably keep you safe, giving you a momentary rush of panic that alerts you to run from an approaching tiger. However, it can also prompt you to dump your investments in a panic.
Peer pressure also plays a role. When all the investors are selling, there is peer pressure to sell—even though the decision might not be wisest. Gregory Burns, a neuroscientist, found that "standing alone" versus "conformity to the group" triggered the brain's amygdales and caudate, areas typically activated during physical or emotional pain.
Therefore, it is less painful to go along with the herd and be part of a group of investors. Humans find comfort in making group decisions rather than on-my-own type decisions.

Poorly Served By Greed

Neuroeconomics and neuromarketing are emerging and exciting fields. However, they do not explain the spirit behind deep human emotions and experiences such as exhilaration, disappointment or greed. At the end, we all know that greed and addiction serve us little, and self-reliance and honesty are assets that are honorable and worthy.
Perhaps awareness in our relationship with money can open our eyes to self-growth and wisdom. We can all take a little advice from William Shakespeare: "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."

By Dr. Maha Alattar

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Miracle Tree - Neem Tree

The Miraculous Wonder Natural Tree- Neem Tree.
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a member of the Meliaceae family.
Its extracts have a vast pharmacological activity and are used as raw materials for pesticide, medicine and other commodities. Each part of neem have its own therapeutic importance and use i.e. anthelmintic, antiemetic, antacid, antileprotic, antipyretic, analgesic, mosquito repellant, antifertility etc. There are many literature and articles on exploring various pharmacological activity of neem. Here we are presenting a review exploring different parts of neem plant along with its therapeutic significance and uses.

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a member of the Meliaceae family. It is a plant native to south Asia and Southeast Asia, which grows well in the hot river valley areas. Neem is regarded as “The Wonder Tree” and “Nature’s Drug Store”, because its extracts have a vast pharmacological activity and are used as raw materials for pesticide, medicine and other commodities. Neem is considered to be “one of the most promising of all plants and the fact that it may eventually benefit every person on this planet”. Probably no other plant yields as many strange and varied neem-products or has as many exploitable byproducts.

Habitat-Neem is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of 15-20 m, rarely to 35-40 m., Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; leaflets subopposite serrate, very unequal at base; Flowers hermaphrodite, in axillary panicles; calyx 5-lobed; Petals 5,much exceeding the calyx, free, imbricate; Disk 0; Staminal tube a little shorter than the petals, cylindric, widening above, 9-10 lobed at the apex, the lobes truncate again slightly toothed; anthers within the tubes opposite to and shorter than the lobes. Ovary 3-celled; style elongate, slender; stigma shortly cylindric, 3 lobed; Ovules 2 in each cell, collateral; Fruit a 1-seeded drupe, endocarp woody; Seed ellipsoid; albumen 0; cotyledons thick, fleshy.
Neem in Hindu Mythology
A revered tree in the Indian tradition the Neem is believed to be an embodiment of Sitala, a folk goddess, seen suspended on a branch protecting against smallpox. Well-known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties, the therapeutic properties of Neem is said to be due to a few drops of heavenly nectar that fell upon it.
Chemical Properties
Neem has rightly been called Sarvaroghari. Modern scientists have isolated more than 140 compounds from various parts of the Neem tree that have been evaluated for curative powers.  Claimed to be a ‘Village dispensary’ the following properties found in Neem, make it one of the best herbal medicines.
§  Sodium
§  Potassium
§  Salts
§  Chloriphyle
§  Calcium
§  Phosphorus
§  Iron
§  Thiamine
§  Riboflasium
§  Nicocin
§  vitamin C
§  carotene
§  oxalic acid.
anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-histamine, anti-fungal
anti-bacterial, anti-ulcer, analgesic, anti-arrhythmic, anti-fungal
anti-tubercular, anti-protozoan, anti-pyretic
vasodilator, anti-malarial, anti-fungal
Sodium nimbinate
diuretic, spermicide, anti-arthritic
insect repellent
insect repellent, anti-feedant, anti-hormonal

Other chemicals that form its therapeutic value are:
§  Limonoids
§  Terpenoids and steroids
§  Tetranortarpenoids
§  Fatty acid derivatives like margosinone and margosinolone
§  Coumarins like scopoletin, dihydrosocoumarins
§  Hydrocarbons like docosane, pentacosane, hetacosane, octacosane etc.
§  Sulphur compounds
§  Phenolics
§  Flavonoglycosides
§   Tannins

The highest concentrations of the active ingredients are found in the neem seed and neem oil, however the active ingredients are also found in fewer amounts in the bark and the leaves.
Panacea for All Diseases
The uses of Neem as a medicine dates back to 4500 years, where the benefits of Neem’s fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark have been mentioned in the earliest Sanskrit medical writings.  Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine since Neem provides an answer to many lethal diseases.
Uses and Benefits of Neem Tree
Benefits of Neem Leaves

Tests in the U.S. show Neem hampers the DNA polymerase virus that causes hepatitis B.
Due to its antiviral activity in certain countries, the leaves are infused in boiling water for bathing those suffering from skin ailments.  This provides respite to conditions such as eczema warts and cold sores, soothing inflammation improving itching and irritation.
Neem acts as a deworming agent and helps eliminate intestinal worms, restoring healthy functioning of the intestines.
 Cardiac Care
Since the leaves are known to be an effective blood cleanser, drinking water infused with Neem leaves control high blood sugar.  With large doses of antihistamine compounds, Neem leaves help dilate blood vessels impeding blood coagulation, decrease elevated heart rates, relax erratic heartbeats thus plummeting high blood pressure levels.
 Natural Pesticide
A natural pesticide dried Neem leaves placed in cupboards prevent insects eating the clothes and protect rice from insects while stored in tins.
 Mosquito Repellent
Neem leaves are dried and burnt to keep away mosquitoes.
 Fungal Diseases
According to research, Neem is effective against certain fungal diseases that infect the human body.  These include fungus that causes infections of the bronchi, lungs, and mucous membranes.  Athlete’s foot, fungus of the intestinal tract and a fungus that is part of the normal mucous flora can get out of control leading to lesions in mouth (thrush), vagina, skin, hands and lungs.  Besides these, Neem is also effective against fungus that infects hair, skin and nails including a ringworm that invades both skin and nails of the feet.
 Post-Parturition Disorder
Neem juice administered to a woman during labour helps normal contraction of the uterus preventing any sort of inflammation.  Vagina douched with a lukewarm Neem leaves concoction disinfects the passage and heals any lesions during childbirth.

Skin Care
The leaves moisturize the skin keeping it soft and supple.  They are effective for lightening scars and pigmentation caused by scabies and acne.
 Caution: Although Neem is a very powerful herb, it is advisable not to take Neem internally for prolonged periods without consulting a qualified herbalist.

Uses of Neem Seeds and Fruits
Resembling an olive, the fleshy fruit of the Neem tree encloses a few elongated seeds (kernels) having a brown seed coat.  The fruits and seeds are the main source for extracting oil.  Neem oil is non-culinary vegetable oil produced by pressing the seeds and fruit of the Neem plant.  Neem seed oil is also an ingredient in many skin care products.  In India most of the Neem oil is used in Neem soap, but there are also Neem shampoos, lotions, creams etc.
 Skin Problems
Neem oil is a natural antiseptic, antifungal, wound healing agent, and has been used for treating skin conditions ranging from ringworm acne, psoriasis, eczema dry skin and irritation.
 Hair Care
Applied to hair, it improves the health of hair and prevents greying and hair loss.
 Eye and Ear Infections
The antibacterial activity of Neem seeds extracts against bacterial pathogens associated with eye and ear infections Researchers indicate that extracts of Neem seed could be used in the manufacture of eye and eardrops or ointment for the treatment of common problems caused by germs. (Read Taking care of your eyes)

Other Ailments
A tea made from the leaves and mature seeds are still a popular remedy today for treating bladder, kidney and prostate ailments. This brewed tea added to a base cream may be used as a healing, soothing treatment for hemorrhoids.
In Ayurvedic medicine system, Neem is used to treat malarial fevers.  Recent experiments have shown that one of the Neem’s components, gedunin (a limonoid), is as effective as quinine against malaria.  According to scientists at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi, mosquitoes exposure to odours of crushed Neem seeds and unaltered Neem oil, results in suppression of egg laying.
Birth Control
Neem acts as an excellent birth control agent for both men and women.  Various experiments prove that Neem has the ability to make sperm infertile in men, without altering sperm count.  Neem oil used as a lubricant in the vagina prevents pregnancy in women effectively.  Therefore, it is very important for people who are planning to have a child and expecting mothers to stay clear of Neem.
 Insect Repellent
Neem oil is an effective repellent of a wide variety of common garden bugs, including caterpillars, nematodes, locusts, aphids, Japanese beetles and mites. In the home, Neem oil can combat ant, cockroach, fly, termite, mosquito and bedbug infestations.
Neem oil is very popular with organic gardeners.  Neem seeds are ground into a powder that is soaked overnight in water and sprayed onto the crop.  It acts as an anti-feedant, repellent, and egg-laying deterrent, protecting the crop from damage.  The insects starve and die within a few days.  Neem also suppresses the hatching of pest insects from their eggs.
 Flea Repellent
Neem helps pets, too!  Lightly rubbing Neem oil into cat or dog fur will improve the shine of the coat and repel fleas.  It will also not harm your pet should he or she attempt to lick it off.
 Caution: The seed oil can be toxic and should not be taken internally.

Uses of Neem Bark
The bark contains a higher concentration of active ingredients than the leaves, and is especially high in ingredients with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action.

Oral Health
From time immemorial Neem twigs have made excellent substitutes for toothbrushes.  When rubbed over the teeth in bark or twig form, it improves dental health.  Not only will it make teeth whiter, but cleaning the teeth regularly with Neem branches containing fine fibres releases its antibiotic extracts offers protection from gum diseases, toothache, decay, removes bad odour and prevents various infections of the mouth.
The bark of the Neem tree can be used in natural form, or as a powder.  Ingested as powder, it reduces fever.
The use of 3 grams of the inner bark of nem with 6 grams of jaggery every morning, is very effective in treating piles.

Uses of Neem Flowers
The white intricate large clusters of blossoms in white have a heavenly fragrance felt miles away while flowering.
ü  Neem flowers, when dried and powdered, also have many uses.  Flowers can be ingested in any form or be applied to the skin as a paste.  They are said to particularly improve digestive, intestinal, and blood conditions.  The flower is used for reducing bile, controlling phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.
ü  The flowers are used in the preparation of special foods for diabetics. The flower oil is also used in aromatherapy and has a calming and restorative effect
ü  In the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Neem flowers are very popular for their use in ‘Ugadi Pachhadi’ (soup-like pickle), which is made on Ugadi day.

Other Medical Benefits of Neem Tree
Neem bark leaves and seed oil contain Polysaccharides and limonoids, which are beneficial for alleviating cancers and tumours without side effects.

Certain properties of Neem leaf seed, or bark naturally cures arthritis, reducing pain and swelling in joints.  A massage using Neem oil is effective in relieving muscle aches and joints and helps alleviate rheumatism, Osteoarthritis, and lower back pain.

Thus, the Miracle tree Neem is undoubtedly Mother Nature’s greatest gift to Mankind. Lastly, Neem can promote a healthier and stronger immune system, helping the body to ward off most kinds of illnesses and diseases.

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