Pulchritude: Neem Tree

This tree is best known for its multitude of cosmetic and medicinal uses in Ayurveda. Neem trees are native to the Indian subcontinent, being found in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Neem trees (Azadirachta indica) typically grow between 49-66 feet in height, though it rarely grows to between 115 – 131 feet. Leaves of the Neem tree grow between 20 – 40 centimeters in length. The Neem tree produces fragrant white flowers which grow 0.24 inches in length, and 0.43 inches in width. The fruit of the tree is a drupe, can be round or elongated oval in shape and is typically 0.55-1 inch in length and 0.39 – 0.59 inches in width when ripe. Hindu traditional medicine, Ayurveda, utilizes the leaves and fruit of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) and is purported to treat a variety of ailments due to its believed antifungal, antiviral, antidiabetic, antibacterial, and sedative properties. Neem oil is made from pressing the leaves and fruit of the Neem tree and is believed to be great for the skin and can be used to treat eczema and psoriasis, and can be used for healthy hair. Many of the health benefits have not been fully scientifically tested, though available research shows it is safe in short term use in adults. Neem has been used an Ayurvedic practices for over 2,000 years in India.

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