Why Neem has been termed a divine healer since the Vedic Ages
Ancient Indian wisdom goes a long way back, some say, as long as 4000 years back. The four Vedas that collated the essence of that wisdom, somewhere between the 4th and 2nd BC, are the oral and written treatises that tell us how life was lived in the days of yore. Ironically, much of the wisdom has stood the test of time, and was ‘discovered’ by Western scholars and scientists only recently.
Indians are blessed to have living traditions that let us extract the best of nature around us.
Trees like the banyan, mango, peepul, and neem continue to be a part of our rituals. For the most part, we have retained their religious motifs and symbolism by the default of our being, but there are deeper meanings to their worship.
The Neem, one of the earliest recorded trees, was termed ‘sarva roga nivarini’ meaning “the curer of all ailments.” Its bark, oil, leaves, and fruit – all can be used to live healthier, daily.
Traditionally, Neem was often referred to as nature’s drugstore. In India it has been nurtured since time immemorial for its various benefits, like:
- Neem Oil is used to repel insects. Even today, it is recommended that planting Neem trees near homes, helps keep the air fresh, cool and acts as an insect repellent.
- Neem with its antifungal, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anthelmintic, contraceptive and sedative properties is known to heal infections.
- It was, and still is, used in the creation of products that were part of women’s daily beauty regime, much like Hamam.
- Even the ancient science of Ayurveda, that took its cues from the four Vedas, uses Neem in one form or another in almost as many as 75% of the Ayurvedic formulations.
- The Brihat Samhita, considered the encyclopaedia of Indian culture, recommended the use of Neem for medicinal uses.
According to some records, Neem oil is perhaps the oldest known medicinal oil.
There are several mythological references as well that, essentially, speak of the unfailing healing powers of the Neem which allowed our ancestors to #GoSafeOutside.
Are You using the power of Neem like you could?