The Neem Tree
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The NEEM tree (Azadirachta
indica) is a tropical evergreen tree native to India and is also found in other
southeast countries. In India, neem is known as “the village pharmacy”
because of its healing versatility, and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine
for more than 4,000 years due to its medicinal properties. Neem is also called
‘arista’ in Sanskrit- a word that means ‘perfect, complete and
imperishable’. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with proven
antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal
uses. The Sanskrit name ‘nimba’ comes from the term ‘nimbati
syasthyamdadati’ which means ‘to give good health’.
earliest documentation of neem mentioned the fruit, seeds, oil, leaves, roots
and bark for their advantageous medicinal properties. These benefits are listed
in the ancient documents ‘Carak- Samhita’ and ‘Susruta-Samhita’,
the books at the foundation of the Indian system of natural treatment, Ayurveda.
Neem has a garlic-like odor, and a bitter taste. The various parts of this tree
have many uses that aptly give neem its name in Sanskrit-“sarva roga
nivarini”, meaning ‘the curer of all ailments’. Some of the
most important documented uses of various parts of the neem tree are:
|Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree and has insecticidal and medicinal properties due to which it has
been used for thousands of years in pest control, cosmetics, medicines, etc. Please
see neem oil & its uses for
|Neem seed cake (residue of neem seeds after oil extraction) when used for
soil amendment or added to soil, not
only enriches the soil with organic matter but also lowers nitrogen losses
by inhibiting nitrification. It also works as a nematicide.
|Neem leaves are used to treat chickenpox and warts by directly
applying to the skin in a paste form or by bathing in water with neem
leaves. In order to increase immunity of the body, neem leaves are also
taken internally in the form of neem capsules or made into a tea.
The tea is traditionally taken internally to reduce fever caused by
This tea is extremely bitter. It is also used to soak feet for treating various foot fungi.
It has also been reported to work against
termites. In Ayurveda, neem leaves are used in curing neuromuscular pains. Neem leaves are also used in storage of grains.
|Twigs of neem are also used in India and Africa as toothbrushes. Nowadays
toothpastes with neem extracts are also available commercially.
|Neem (leaf and seed) extracts have been found to be spermicidal and
thus research is being conducted to use neem extracts for making
contraceptives. Neem produces pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and fever
reducing compounds that can aid in the healing of cuts, burns, earaches,
sprains and headaches, as well as fevers.
|Neem bark and roots also have medicinal properties.
Bark & roots in powdered form are also used to control fleas & ticks on pets.
|Neem has anti-bacterial properties
that help in fighting against skin infections such as acne, psoriasis,
scabies, eczema, etc. Neem extracts also help in treating diabetes, AIDS,
cancer, heart disease, herpes, allergies, ulcers, hepatitis and several
|There are many active constituents of Neem.|
Neem oil, leaves and neem extracts are used to manufacture health and beauty care products. Some of such products are soaps, bath powders, shampoos, lotions and creams, toothpastes, neem leaf capsules to increase immunity and as a skin purifier, insect repellents, pet care products, etc.
Neem extracts have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on food crops. It has been proven in various research studies that Neem is non-toxic to birds, beneficial insects or humans and protects crops from over 200 of the most costly pests.
For more detailed information on Neem, please visit www.neemfoundation.org
Disclaimer: The above mentioned uses of the neem tree are given for informational purpose only and have been put together from the various published media and internet. Neem oil sold by Organeem LLC is pure unformulated neem oil and is not registered by the EPA as a pesticide or insecticide. It has also not been registered by the FDA for treating or curing any disease or for any specific herbal use.
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