Hello, hello! Welcome back to Mondays with Madhu. A space where you find yourself surrounded with plant-based recipes, self-improvement stories, recommendations, and other musings!

Answer me this first – How are we in November already? Mentally, I am still stuck in March figuring ways to keep my house clean and disinfecting everything in my line of sight, worrying about not finding enough Clorox wipes boxes in my grocery store and keeping a close watch on what’s happening with the Tiger King.

This was also when I wrote about neem (Indian Lilac) and how this natural disinfectant was my mom’s and grandma’s solution to everything under the sun! Be it adding to my bath water to kill the germs or grinding it into a paste and consuming it with rice, this was the holy grail of natural remedies.

This tree is oh-so-commonly spread across the South Asian countries. You will see a group of people sitting under its shade during summers. It’s often said the summer breeze passing through its branches is healing!

Here are my few favorite ways to incorporate neem into my lifestyle:

  1. Adding neem leaves to my bath routine to get rid of germs and heal the skin from sunburn.
  2. Grind it and prepare neem leaf oil. This oil can be used for head massages, is a proven dandruff cure and promotes healthy scalp & hair
  3. Adding few leaves in the water while cleaning floors, doorknobs and other items around the house. It’s odorless, chemical-free and kid friendly solution to disinfecting.
  4. Did you know? A bed of neem leaves is made for the person suffering from chicken pox? They are made to lie on it. Neem leaves curb itching and stop the pox from getting infected. A branch of neem leaves outside someone’s home was a sign that someone is suffering from this disease which helped others take necessary precautions.
  5. I have also seen it being sun dried and ground into a powder. This powder is then used in drinking water as a preventative step to avoid stomach ulcers.
  6. Making a long lasting paste of the neem leaves to be had with yogurt rice during summers. Mind you, Neem leaves are extremely bitter so a little goes a long way!

I would love to know any natural remedies from the region you belong to — comment below!

Madhu Narayan
Guest blogger, Plant Life Meals