Thursday, May 15, 2014

Botanical Name: Azadirachat indica
English: Neem
Sinhala: Kohomba 

The neem tree is used a great deal in indigenous medicine.  Kohamba trees were always planted in front of the house. It helps to purify the air. According to the old text on indigenous medicine, the presence of the tree is an insect repellent. The twigs are used to clean teeth. The fresh of the leaves with salt and bees honey is given for intestinal worms. The juice is prescribed for jaundice and skin diseases. Externally, the leaves are applied for skin diseases as an antiseptic. They are also used for boils, chronic ulcers, eruption due to small pox, glandular swelling, and wound. The seeds are also used as an insecticide and as a detergent for washing the hair. The flowers are dried and are used as a tonic for fever. A very effective food for diabetes is made out of neem flower.



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