Azadirachta indica, or as we know it, Neem, is regarded as an Ayurvedic herb one just cannot do without these days. Belonging to the mahogany family, found in the Indian subcontinent, especially in semi-tropical regions, neem acts as a popular immunity booster. Islands in southern Iran are also home to this herb.

The usage and benefits of Neem are plenty. The fruit it bears and its seeds are often extracted for neem oil. Moreover, the tender flowers and shoots of this plant are used to prepare a popular soup-like vegetable consumed in parts of South India. The Sanskrit word for neem is ‘Arista’ meaning perfect and complete. The recorded usage of neem dates back to as far as 5000 BC, for various agricultural and domestic purposes.

A biochemical powerhouse, there is proof that the tree possesses more than 70 different terpenoids or terpenes. Here are some effects of neem I have put together just to make you realise how amazing it is...

The studies conducted upon neem for us to have this information are not less in number. As an immunomodulator, this herb supports the immune system’s function to self-regulate. This works both in situations where the body must increase its level of resistance toward foreign entities and whilst preventing itself from overworking its functions.

Neem has anti-fungal properties making it a great recourse for small scale skin conditions such as pox, warts and foot fungi, and also worrying conditions such as eczema.

We all know that Malaria is dangerous and mosquitoes help spread it. But did you know that keeping neem soaked in cotton on your window pain or burning insecticide neem leaves can effectively keep mosquitoes and insects away?

Just chewing on neem can go a long way to strengthen your dental hygiene and many elders, till today, trust this manner of brushing their teeth.

Due to its popular antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, neem protects us from a host of viral infections, diseases, conditions and problems like urinary tract infections and harmful toxins. This secures good health. This herb is a way to boost and improve one’s immune system without worrying about side effects because it is 100% natural. It's a plant after all!

Having said this however, make sure you don’t treat yourself and consult an Ayurvedic expert or any medical professional before commencing an elongated dosage of neem. Every body is different and unique- so understand yours first and then begin medication only if necessary.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP