Neeli 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.
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.