IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card:
Talk about a medicinal plant that is useful.
- What is the name of the plant?
- What does it look like?
- Where does it grow?
- Why do you find it useful?
Nature has been the primary resource for fulfilling all kinds of basic human needs. It is also highly beneficial due to its applications in healthcare. There is a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and plants that offer various health related benefits. Some plants are rare, while some are very common, and are found everywhere in a particular region, such as tulsi.
One such common plant is Azadirachta indica, commonly known as neem plant or Indian lilac. Neem is a fast-growing, evergreen tree, and reaches a height of 20 meters. The branches are long and wide, with toothed, pinnate leaves. It has white and fragrant flowers, and small, olive like, drupe shaped fruits that are bittersweet in taste.
The neem plant is native to the Indian subcontinent, and not only does it survive, but also thrives in less water. Furthermore, it can grow in different kinds of soil, and is a tropical or subtropical tree. This plant can resist high temperatures, but not very low temperatures. Furthermore, it can be found almost everywhere in India, growing in gardens, temples, parks, roadsides, and other public places. Known for its thick foliage, it is grown for its shade in different outdoor seating areas.
I find it very useful due to its long list of usage possibilities and medicinal benefits. The leaves are used in cooking different vegetables, salads, and pickling. Neem is highly beneficial and possesses many medicinal qualities. Its leaves are used to cure skin diseases, and the oil is used to keep healthy hair, for improving liver function, blood detoxification, along with balancing blood sugar levels. Neem twigs are used as natural toothbrushes and tongue cleaners. It has other applications such as in cosmetics, and sanitary products.