Botanical name: Azadirachta indica
Other names: margosa, nimba
Parts used: leaf, seed, bark and resin
Taste (rasa): bitter
Energy (veerya): cooling
Post-digestive effect (vipak): pungent
Dosha effect: PK-, V+
Action (karma): benefits skin inflammation with itching, burning or infection, treats fungal infection including candida, mosquito repellent, used for intestinal inflammation, anthelmintic, great for oral hygiene, antacid, hypoglycaemic, alleviates fever.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.