General Santos City is a booming city in the South. But amidst all the rising development, the City remains teeming with trees, flowers, animals and wildlife. A very common sight in almost all corners of the city is the neem tree.
The neem tree, also spelled as nim tree, belongs to the mahogany family. It is native to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh but has since grown in many tropical and semi-tropical regions. This tree normally reaches a height of 15-20 meters. Though evergreen, it may shed most or nearly all its leaves during severe droughts. It has inflorescences which can bear 150 to 250 flowers. Its smooth fruits resemble olives.
Amazingly, all parts of the tree are said to have medicinal properties. Here are these practical uses and benefits of neem tree:
- Its chemical component nimbidin and nimbin have some spermicidal activity.
- Neem oil is used to prepare cosmetics.
- Neem oil can be contraceptive agent and acts as an abortifacient.
- Neem oil can be used to kill head lice.
- Neem seed oil and leaf extracts can potentially be cure for psoriasis.
- Sleeping on neem leaves can heal chicken pox.
- Though there are not enough clinical studies to support this, extract of neem leaves is believed to prevent malaria.
- Neem extracts have insecticidal, fungicidal, antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
- Neem cake is a considerable fertilizer.
- Neem twigs and branches have dental effects.
- Neem blossoms have culinary uses.
- Neem tree can be a source for analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Considering all these numerous benefits, neem trees can truly be a potential cash crop for the city.
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