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Margosa Tree and the Month of March

Margosa tree and the month of March are closely associated. Belonging to the Mahogani family, margosa or neem tree is botanically called Azadirachta Indica, which literally means “free tree of India”. Margosa is commonly found in India. It grows well in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Bitter in taste, all the parts of margosa tree have very rich medicinal values. The health benefits of this tree so great that it is called “a village pharmacy”.

Margosa tree and the month of March are closely associated. Belonging to the Mahogani family, margosa or neem tree is botanically called Azadirachta Indica, which literally means “free tree of India”. Margosa is commonly found in India. It grows well in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Bitter in taste, all the parts of margosa tree have very rich medicinal values. The health benefits of this tree so great that it is called “a village pharmacy”.

Miraculous Healer Margosa in the month of March

Margosa tree is closely associated with the month of March. Two reasons make the Indian people demand for the leaves of margosa tree. One reason is for treating contagious diseases like small pox, chicken pox and measles. Another reason is to adorn the houses and temples during the celebrations of goddess Mariamman or Kali. The skin diseases are prevalent in the months of March and April. The festival of Mariamman deity is also celebrated in these months.

Margosa and the goddess Mariamman

Indian people worship Mariamman, the mother goddess, to protect them from contagious diseases. The leaves and flowers of margosa tree have great importance in the Mariamman festival rituals. People in South India adorn themselves with the margosa leaves and dance in front of the temple during the festival. They garland the statue of  goddess Mariamman and adorn the temple with margosa leaves and flowers.

In some states of North India, there is a ritual of drinking water mixed with margosa juice.

Margosa leaves serve as a physical and spiritual protection against contagious diseases, which are prevalent in the wake of summer.

Margosa and contagious diseases

March and April months are known for epidemic spread of contagious diseases like small pox, chicken pox and measles. Margosa leaves have the antibiotic and antiviral properties. Margosa tree is considered as an air-purifier and preventive against contagious diseases. Application of margosa leaves poultice is very effective in skin diseases such as small pox, chicken pox, measles, skin eruptions, boils, and sores.  

Please read the article on goddess Mariamman and contagious diseases: http://wellness1.knoji.com/why-is-goddess-mariamman-furious-in-marchapril-months/

Margosa in Ayurveda

1) All the parts of margosa tree are used in Ayurveda. Margosa has an important place in Ayurveda because of its ability to deal with the three doshas- vata, pitta and kapha.

2) Being bitter in taste, margosa is usually combined with other herbs to offset its vata-aggravating qualities.

3) Margosa purifies blood and lowers levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. It cleanses the liver and enhances the immune system.

4) Margosa leaves are used with turmeric to make an effective poultice. Margosa essential oil or paste of leaves serves as a very effective antibacterial and anti-viral in the treatment of all skin diseases, including leprosy.

Ayurveda uses margosa as a tonic and anti-septic. The anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of margosa are used successfully in Ayurveda for a number of ailments. Researchers are still studying the miraculous healing power of margosa.

 

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Comments (12)

Good info about Margosa, hoping more from it pharmaceutically. FB liked.

Great interesting information to vote up.

Hadn't heard of the Margosa but I love Mahogany wood.

Very informative about a form of alternative or natural medicine.

At first I was going to say I have not heard of it but then I realized.. I had - I know it as neem

Thanks for sharing this great information, Ron.

Thanks for sharing this important Vedic tree in related with the life of Chaitanya Mahaprbhu and its importance to ayurvedic science, great article dear friend.

great article dear friend. we have one in our garden.

This is a tree I haven't heard of behind. Excellent information. I buzzed this up.

This pertains to the question how I place that picture of a pregnant woman on my article.  I edit first the picture using the editing tool of photobucket.com.  Download it into my personal computer.  Then using the Lionite Image Manager beside the Insert/Edit Embedded Media, I upload it there. It is easily transfererred to my article by clicking the picture.  Thanks for sharing this nice article on Margosa tree.

I never tried to use pictures from wikipedia yet, because I don't know how.  Just be careful with those pictures that are copyrighted.  Anyway you cannot download and upload them if they are copyright. Some pictures I use came from my cellphone which I took it myself and upload it to photobucket.com. Sir, there are lots of pictures in photobucket.com and you can also try Flickr.com.  You just create an account, you can download and upload any pic you want into Lionite Image Manager.

 

I knew nothing about the free tree of India; I learnt a lot from your superb article. Well done my dear friend!

Very best wishes.

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