Common names: True Indigo • Assamese: নীল neel • Bengali: নীল neel • Gujarati: ગળી gali • Hindi: नील neel, नीलिका nilika • Kachchhi: ગરીજો ઝાડ garijo jhad, ગુડી gudi, નીલ neel • Kannada: ಅಂಜೂರ ನೀಲಿ anjoora neeli, ಹೆಣ್ಣು ನೀಲಿ hennu neeli, ನೀಲಿ ಗಿಡ neeli gida, ಒಳ್ಳೇ ನೀಲಿ olleneeli • Konkani: नीळी neeli • Ladakhi: ནི་ལ་ ni la • Malayalam: അമരി amari, നീലയമരി nilayamari • Manipuri: ꯅꯤꯝ nim • Marathi: नीळ neel, नीली nili • Mizo: chi-cha • Odia: ନୀଳ nila, ରଙ୍ଗପୁଷ୍ପ rangapushpa, ଶ୍ଯାମଳିକା shyamalika • Pali: नीली nili • Punjabi: ਲੀਲ lil • Rajasthani: नील neel • Sanskrit: गन्धपुष्पा gandhapushpa, महारसा maharasa, नीलक nilaka, नीलिणी nilini, रङ्गपुष्पी rangapushpi, रञ्जनी ranjani, श्यामलिका shyamalika • Tamil: அவுரி avuri, நீலி nili • Telugu: అవిరి aviri, నీలిచెట్టు nilichettu • Tibetan: ནི་ལ་ ni la • Tulu: ನೀಲಿ neeli • Urdu: نيل neel, نيلکا nilikaNeeli has been used as a dye for millennia as have woad (Isatis tincotria) and madder, (Rubia tinctoria).
Neeli is native to Asia and was the blue dye used there, while woad was used in Europe. In India Neeli has been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicine systems to cure a number of ailments, despite the fact that the whole plant contains indican, which is a carcinogenic glucoside. The plant also contains rotenoids which are effective insecticides against mosquito larvae.
1. Neeli choornam for hair:
Paste of powder is applied on hair, 20 minutes before bath, to relieve grey hairs and to promote hair growth – trichogenous.
Neelini is used as an ingredient in many hair oils such as Neelibhringadi tailam, used in treating hair fall and grey hair problems.
2. External use:
Leaf paste is applied externally to heal wound quickly, also useful in case of insect bites and skin disorders with itching. It is also used in treating scorpion bite.
3. Effect on musculo-skeletal system: useful in gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis. Relieves pain and inflammation of joints, improves flexibilty.
Amazing Health Benefits of Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder :
Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder are thermogenic, bitter, and tonic, which make the plant useful for promoting hair growth. A leaf paste is applied to the hair and left on for twenty minutes before rinsing. Its trichogenous action also reduces gray hair.Neelini or Indigo Herb is also an ingredient in various commercial hair tonics.
* For Hair Dye:
One main hair benefit of Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder is that it acts as a natural hair dye. In my personal opinion, it is one of natures gift considering the side effects of chemical hair dyes which range from increased sensitivity to sun to skin allergies.
* Cure Respiratory Problem:
Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder is useful for cold and cough, bronchitis, asthma, and rhinitis.Its stems, roots, and leaves have expectorant properties.
* For Hair:
Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder is an amazing home remedy for treating premature graying of the hair.Regular use of Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder will reverse and prevent graying of the hair. Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder useful for promoting hair growth.
* Musculoskeletal system:
Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder improves flexibility as it relieves joint inflammation and pain. It is also useful in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
In Ayurveda, Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder can also help with rabies. Upon being bitten by a dog, a leaf paste is applied to the bite mark. Additionally, a mixture of 50 milliliters of herbal neelini juice extract, and an equal amount of milk, is administered each morning to ease hydrophobia.
How to use Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder :
* For Black Hair
Mix some water into the Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder along with some salt make a paste. Let it rest for 10-30 minutes. Wear gloves and apply this mixture to your hair and leave it for about 2-3 hours. Make sure it doesn't touch your skin, if it does wipe with oil. Don't use shampoo for 2-3 days to help maintain the colour.
* For Hair rejuvenation
Mix Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder with some sesame oil and apply on scalp. Soon hair will grow strong and healthy.
* For Sores, Ringworm, Blisters
Mix Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder with some sesame oil and apply on infected area. It will cure sores, ring worm and blisters.
* For Liver
Add some honey to Indigo / Neeli Avuri Powder and eat. Depending on age eat 1 gram to 3 grams everyday for 1 month. This will cure sores and blisters on the liver and revitalize it.
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