Benefits of Neem Oil

Neem Seed Oil- Boons
You know there are certain things on earth whose benefits are in a way nature’s bounty…reason why I am saying so is because Neem oil is one such nature’s bounty…with myriad benefits…
The greatest ones countable…on fingertips being..

It is a natural fertilizer
It is one medicine with hundreds of different uses
It is a natural insect repellent
It is a safe (and I mean SAFE) pesticide
It is a skin care ingredient
It is a contraceptive

Phew! Isn’t that amazing to know? C’mon…imagine for yourself…one little leaf…innumerable benefits…I am in awe of it..seriously..Okay…let me take your amazement factor a notch higher..
Not 10..not 50…but 75% ….yeah! 75% of Ayurvedic remedies possess neem in some form or the other! (Wow!) As far as the Indians are concerned…They call the tree sacred neem tree and ‘the village pharmacy, I mean they have this belief that neem is the cure for anything and everything…
Well…if you…by any chance…think that its benefits are confined to just human use..then ahem ahem! No…you’re wrong…it deals with many problems of animals and even of plants itself! Isn’t that unusually great? Yes it is.. No countable number of ways it is used…

No matter it’s fruits…or flowers…or bark…roots…..they ALL are
Anti-fungal
Anti inflammatory
Antibacterial
Antiviral and
It also acts as a contraceptive agent

It’s cost is like really…really low…and it is very very effective….
This tree that belongs to India has its root back then…. five-thousand-year-old seals which were dug out from the ‘Indus Valley Civilization”….And today the margosa (Neem) thought high of its ability to exorcise the demon…the disease rather than the spirit of any dead, and in some villages we can even come across the picture of some Goddess that people hang from the branches of neem tree…as they feel that she is the one who guards against diseases like chicken pox….

The tree is even renowned for its antiseptic property…the neem tree is thought to protect mainly women and children….Delivery chambers get rid of germs or bacteria by burning its bark…Neem seed oil has been chemically tested as an external contraceptive…used by women as a spermicide…
It is also extrememly useful in pyrexia, diabetes, urinary problems, filarial worms, respiratory disorders, dermatological disorders, gynecological disorders and for physical uses as for the eyes, piles and fistula, wounds, hair, dental hygiene and as fertility regulating thing and in addition to its uses in eye problems…

Skin and Hair Care
Its even a part of different cosmetic products for its healing characteristics….Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing in nature, the oil fights several conditions such as dandruff, acne, psoriasis and eczema…
Natural Pesticide
Its ingredient that that fights pesticides is  azadirachtin…. Though all parts of the neem tree contain the ingredient…the oil is its most concentrated source….Because of this very reason oil is used as a natural pesticide…

It’s flowers are used in maintaining body heat and managing cough….reason being that they are astringent, antihelminthic and non-toxic…

Have a look at these references Links..
1. The Village Pharmacy by Joseph selvester
2. Neem benefits by khanapakana.com

Treating Mouth Ulcers with Neem

Neem- Don’t let that big mouth turn into a bloody one (Treating Mouth Ulcers)

Thankfully..I have been through the problem but have observed closely the ones suffering from it…trust me it painful to see the sufferers..leave aside being one..

Mouth ulcers basically are sores or open lesions in the mouth….badly painful during any activity that involves the mouth…
As far as the symptoms are concerned…they vary greatly and depend on the specific cause of the mouth ulcer…..But generally they are
Pain or discomfort in the mouth
Open sores in the mouth
Neem gives you fresh breath and a feeling of cleanliness after it is used….Leaving aside from its dental benefits…..it works wonders with keeping cavities at bay and can help prevent the buildup of plaque….With the fact that it relieves general discomfort and pain….removes bacteria….as well as helps to cure mouth ulcers to great extents….

Mouth wash made out of neem is very efficient in the treatment of ulcers….tooth decay…bleeding and sore gums….A mouth wash…using Neem oil… has been used for the treatment of mouth ulcers and is even considered to be a good home treatment for mouth related problems…

Neem is a most effective ulcer disease treatment In diseases like…Gingivitis involves inflammation and/or infection that results in destruction of the tissues that support the teeth….including the gingiva (gums)….the periodontal ligaments…and the tooth sockets…Wow that sounds relieving…

There’s this disease called Periodontitis (Pyorrhea is an advanced stage of gum (periodontal) disease that can result in the loss of your teeth….Untreated…periodontitis will progress until your teeth loosen and fall out…
Bleeding gums had healed and the secretion from pockets around the teeth had stopped….The bluish colored gums returned to a healthy pale pink color..

Thanks to Neem…This is what the ones using it religiously…had to say…
Neem bark extracts can reduce the ability of some streptococci to colonize tooth surfaces….Know about it? No issues..I’ll brief provide you with reference…
and imagine one person even reported a reversal of the loss of gum tissue by chewing fresh neem leaves….Some Science brains aver of antibacterial compounds and neem’s ability to improve the immune response in the gums and tissues of the mouth account for these results….and ulcers can go for a toss..

hmm…Okay now quickly check out our reference links…
1.    Neem and gums by HYPERLINK www.netowne.com
2.    Herbal care by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
3.    Benefits of neem by www.medicine.365healthonline.com

Grand Old Golden Neem

As a kid I often saw my grandfather chew twigs of Neem, I was pretty fascinated, tried doing the same…And seriously I cannot tell you the olfactory experience I went through!!

It was puke-inducing! Gross!

All that my mom tells me today is that I made a face as if I had been ducked in pool of faeces for a good number of seconds!

Okay, I know it sounds a tad exaggerated but then again I had to share the experience as explicitly as possible…Anyway…getting back, but one thing I surely remember nicely…till he breathed his last, he had teeth stronger than what they in toothpaste commercials.

But, with this story, don’t think I am simply trying to focus on the dental aspect of Neem, there is much more to this amazing medicinal herb than just the maintenance of dental health,

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 uses namely…

  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Antipyretic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Antifungal

The Sanskrit name ‘nimba’ comes from the term ‘nimbati syasthyamdadati’ which means ‘to give good health’.

The 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 detailed information.

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 malaria. 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.

I am sure you would want to check out our reference links…

  1. Neem Oil For Hair by Livestrong
  2. Neem Oil by buzzle.com
  3. Home Remedies With Neem by Hub Pages

Saving Grace Of Medicine – Neem Seed Oil

For centuries millions of people have benefited from using various parts of the neem tree. Its recognized traditional uses are being confirmed by modern research findings. During the last 20 years more than 2000 research papers have been published on neem in journals, books and proceedings of international congresses.

Neem tree in totality has been a village dispensary and a qualified plant by itself. Every part of this plant finds use as medicine for itching, skin disease, leprosy, blood disorders, worms, diabetes, piles, dysentery, jaundice, vomiting, wounds, eye disease, paraplegia, female genital diseases and all kinds of fevers.

More than 150 compounds have been so far isolated from neem. Out of these seed accord for 101 including 43 from the malodorous fraction, the leaves 37; and flowers, bark and root furnish the rest. Following are some of the diseases that this oil deals with, very effectively.

  • Herpes: Recent tests in Germany show that Neem is toxic to herpes simplex viruses. Neem exhibits antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties. The leaf and oil of this tree has been used for centuries in Southern Asia for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.
  • Kidney stone: Taking neem tea is not only good to prevent kidney stone, but also for the treatment against this disease, helping to dissolve the stones.
  • Dermatology: Neem’s antibacterial and antiallergic properties make it effective in tackling skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. In Ayurveda, epidermal problems were believed to be caused by raised sugar levels in the body and Neem’s bitter taste was said to balance out excess sugar. Besides, Neem cream is an excellent anti-wrinkles.
  • Ulcers. The traditional use of neem seed oil against ulcers is well supported by in vivo laboratory evidence, both for the protection of gastric and duodenal mucosa against stress-induced or chemically induced lesions, and for the enhancement of the healing process in chronic gastric lesions induced by acetic acid (Pillai & Santhakumari 1984). Blockade of histamine receptors is suggested as a possible mechanism for this effect.

Go through our reference links now -

  1. Neem Seed Oil by Buzzle
  2. Neem by Hub Pages
  3. Neem by Livestrong

Medicinal Properties of Neem Oil

Neem – Prolific Medicine
When we come across something which alone can fight all our ills..we tend to bow towards it and worship it…Neem is one such prolific medicine to be worshiped…
Almost every part of any Neem tree has various uses….Just to make you count…. Neem has been therapeutically used as folk medicine to control the following…
Respiratory disorders
Leprosy
Intestinal helminthiasis
Constipation

And even as a general health promoter….And there’s more it has been used to treat rheumatism….chronic syphilitic sores and indolent ulcer…….Neem oil fights various skin infections….no matter its bark…leaf…root flower and fruit together cure..
Burning sensations
Itching
Skin ulcers
Blood morbidity
Biliary afflictions
Pthysis

Medicinal properties of neem have been known to Indians since a very long time…..The earliest medical writings of Sanskrit refer to the benefits of neem’s fruits….seeds…oil…leaves…roots and bark….Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine don’t know since when…
It is claimed that neem can provide answers to all possibly incurable diseases….since long neem products have been used against a wide variety of diseases which include heat-rash….boils….wounds…..jaundice…..leprosy……skin disorders….stomach ulcers…..chicken pox…..
So many researchers have suggests that neem has a very bright future in medicine….It magically cures diseases like..
Ringworm
Eczema
Scabies

Neem paste…when locally applied…can cure these dermatological diseases within 3-4 days in an acute stage…preparation of neem with turmeric was found to be effective in the treatment of scabies in nearly 814 people 100…..
Neem leaf extract has been recommended for oral use for the treatment of malaria………In a recent study it was found that the lipid level….especially cholesterol…was found to be lower during therapy when compared to non-malaria patients….there is an availability of certain reports regarding the use of neem to treat patients suffering from various forms of cancer…..

It is also known that the application of neem with a certain substance when applies in the intra-vaginal region before sexual intercourse could prevent pregnancy with no adverse effect on vagina…cervix and uterus…

Enough you know of Neem’s medicinal properties..
Have a look at our references..
1. Medicinal properties of Neem: New Findingsby D.P. Agrawal
2. Neem’s medicinal uses by Neem Foundation
3. Neem for good health by Complete wellbeing

Neem oil Shampoo for Lice Treatment

NEEM Oil- Kills Lice (No more itching of scalp like a retard)
Not only does it look funny but also disgusting to see anyone itching their scalp like a lunatic! The use of that narrow comb to take out those creepy insects out of our hair…The days are gone..yet the tradition of application of Neem oil to kill those tiny pesky monsters remain intact..

Neem…..any-day is a far better alternative to any possible chemical product on earth…reason is simple….
It is non-toxic……
Eco-friendly……..
Child-friendly…….
need I say more? Okay I anyway will..

And you what….! It is SAFE…like I always keep howling..I mean consider this..it is safe enough even for people suffering from asthma and eczema….
Hmm….wondering HOW neem fights the problem of lice?

Here’s how it does..
I wont that neem instantly fixes the problem of lice but yes…it does what other alternatives take ages to fight…in a far quicker manner..
The use of neem oil…or even its shampoo fights the growth of lice, in a way acts as a deterrent to their re-birth……… and leaves the hair soft and nourished because of its various goody-goody properties..

You know the oil is such…that even regular use of it on children wont do even a single harm to the texture…growth of their hair…infact it would enhance it accentuate the beauty of it..

You know there’s this kinda funny science involved in neem oil fighting lice…See…Neem Oil contains substances which replicate insect hormones which are called ‘ecdysones’. These ecdysones generate ‘mixed messages’ to the head lice, deteriorating their feeding.. breeding and metamorphosis…..Even the unhitched eggs are also affected… stifling them from developing….
This even tends to avoid the development of resistance in future generations….

When neem is made to encounter..it kills their will to live…and they get to lethargic to even perform the basic functions required for an organism to live……hance…our problem is sorted..
You know these lice…in a way are parasites…because they depend on sucking our blood for their living (tiny vampires!)
Well…they flourish in an atmosphere that is rather warm….and moist…(what better place than our scalp in summers!)
Surprising enough….the size of an adult louse will be the size of a sesame seed….The parasite has six tiny legs that help them for their grip and quick movement….They tend to multiply quickly and it’s difficult to eradicate them completely…..And the worst! It spreads! From one being to another…. It sucks our blood from out scalp and leaves our hair strands tormented…depleted! They get active when our hair is rather wet…damp….

Use of non-toxic anti-parasitic oil like neem can ensure its termination and retained health of the hair medium…Neem oil one such anti-parasitic oil has the capacity to control lice completely along with its nymph by the its strong smell…….Application of neem oil over the infested medium of lice makes the surface smooth and removes all itchy scratches….It also in used in combination with tea tree oil and gives far better results….

So…east or west…Neem is the ultimate enemy of lice and is the best…(Sorry I know i am horrible at it)

Referred Links:
1. Undiluted neem oil for head lice–now what? by Lisa
2. Neem oil by Ayurveda and hollistic health

Neem Seed Oil – In The Larger Picture

The 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.

  • Hair Care: A decoction prepared from the leaves of neem is used as a head wash to prevent premature graying of hair, hair loss and to remove lice infestation and dandruff.
  • Ear Drops: Juice of neem leaves (5 ml) and equal quantity of honey when mixed well and instilled as ear drops, reduces oozing from the ear and also removes inflammation. However, if the oozing persists and is painful and foul smelling, expert guidance should be sought.
  • Jaundice: Juice of neem leaves (15 – 30 ml) and half the quantity of honey is taken on an empty stomach for seven days.
  • Stomatitis: For infantile stomatitis 10 -15 dry neem leaves along with 5gms of Pippali (long pepper) and honey should be ground and applied on the tongue.
  • Worms: The juice of neem leaves (10 ml) along with honey and asafetida powder (5gms) removes intestinal worms in children.
  • Stomach Problems: 5gms of dried neem flowers mixed and fried with 5gms each of rock salt, old tamarind, chillies and curry leaves is prepared into a chutney and given in conditions such as vomiting, anorexia, sour belching and worms.
  • Urticaria: A decoction of neem bark, sandal and guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is taken internally.
  • Piles: Four seeds of neem powdered and mixed with warm water and taken as a drink on empty stomach for a week stops bleeding in piles. The seeds of neem fried along with copper sulphate and mixed well with coconut oil is beneficial as an ointment for piles.

Go through our reference links now -

1. The many health benefits of neem by writer1
2. Neem and environment by www.neemfoundation.org
3. Neem is good for by www.discoverneem.com

Rural Indian Use Neem Toothbrush For Healthy Teeth

Neem – The Ancient Toothbrush / Paste

I was caught off guard when I first got to know that neem stick was chewed by myriad India in place of toothbrush and toothpaste!?

And then I pondered over the concept…you know I had heard a lot about neem and it’s properties to maintain the oral hygiene…and then everything started falling in place..as to why is such the case…here’s how
Neem is considered (actually it literally is) one of the major products used in developing countries for oral hygiene……I’ll exemplify……..India…It has been into toothpastes using neem from decades…okay centuries actually….
The custom has been somewhat like…A neem tig is chewed by a person till it appears to be like a brush…because of the chewing…..and then uses it to brush the teeth….And for your information chewing neem tree’s chewing sticks are a common form of oral hygiene tool used in the Middle East and many other parts of the world…yet the most catchy thing bout this custom is that is science supporting it too…..

As per certain studies that have been conducted regarding the custom….it has come to fore that there are IN FACT beneficial effects in using these sticks..
   Anti-plaque
   Anti-cavity and
   Antibacterial

These 3 qualities of neem  make it most desirable..And that is the basically the biggest reason for developing countries to recommend the use of these neem sticks as a medium to improve the dental/ oral health of it’s people…

SO WHY NEEM?
hmm…..Neem because…a tree belonging to the mahogany family in tropical and semi-tropical regions…….and it hails from India…..Myanmar….Bangladesh….Sri Lanka and Pakistan…
It’s not just about being used as a toothbrush…neem has much more to it…The tree has been revered as the “village pharmacy” because people genuinely believe in it’s many magical healing properties and its power to fight any physical ill….
you know there’s nothing about this tree that won’t benefit us…right from it’s toothbrushes…..its bark is used for treating gum diseases……its oil  is used for making for soap……..and its leaves for medicinal uses….
So…Neem in its full bloom can benefit us…heal our ills..and keep us smelling fresh & keeping well as far as the oral hygiene is concerned…

Check out our reference links..

1.    NEEM by deardoctor.com
2.    Neem: A panacea for all ills by ayurvedam.com
3.    The Neem tree by organeem.com

All possible Names of Neem

Neem…One Wonder…Many Names

Neem…Well…that was all I had heard of it as…but ladies and gentlemen! Its one magic addressed differently by different ones who know it…I dedicate this article to the different names of this one prolific Indian herb…Let’s begin..

English : Neem, Indian Lilac, Margosa tree, nim, crackjack, paradise tree, white cedar, chinaberry
French : Azadirac de 1′Inde, margosier, margousier
German : Grossblaettiger zedrach, Indischer zedrach
Hindi : Nim, Nimb, Bal-nimb, neem, nind
Arabic : Azad-darakhul-hind
Bahasa Malaysia : Baypay, dawoon-nambu
Burmese : Tamaka, thin, thinboro tamakha,bowtamaka, tama, tamabin
Persian : Azad Darakth e hind, neeb, nib
Portugese : Amargoseira, Margosa, Nimbo
Sanskrit : Arishta, nimba, minbaka
Singapore : Kohumba, nimba
Urdu : Neem

The case with neem is just as Shakespeare said “A rose by any other name would just smell as sweet’..Okay the case not ‘sweet’ here literally…but fine..you got the message..!

Indians use innumerable herbs for their medicinal properties….but the Neem tree tops the lists and is one of the most beneficial for natural and Ayurvedic medicine….Found over most of the forested regions of the Indian Subcontinent…as well as in other countries of similar climatic conditions…the Neem tree can thrive in climates that range from hot…or tropical to altitudes of semi-temperate…higher altitude regions… with temperatures slightly above freezing….Used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years, everything of neem is made into various medicinal remedies for a wide range of ailments…ranging from anti-hemorrhoids and loss of appetite…to leprosy and other skin disorders….
Indian medical practitioners for an amazingly long time now have made poultices from Neem leaves to cure skin diseases such as boils….ulcer…eczema…and ring worm…

Pastes and extracts from Neem trees are very effective in treating various skin fungus conditions….including athlete’s foot and lesions in the mouth and vagina…..More serious diseases such as chicken pox and small pox have been treated with Neem tree pastes…and even people suffering from herpes and hepatitis B viruses have obtained relief from Neem tree and its parts….
Have a look at our references…

1. Common name by www.neemfromindia.com
2. Neem tree by www.organeem.com
3. Medicinal neem by www.gits4u.com

Neem – The Saviour

The Neem tree is worshipped in quite a lot many parts of the country of India. There are various reasons behind the custom of literally worshipping the tree. It is considered holy because of the number of ailments it cures and its numerous health benefits.

In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis. However there were none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone. When applied to the skin, Neem extracts and oil removed the redness and itching while improving the condition of the skin for the duration of the treatment.

Neem leaf, Neem significantly and consistently reduced insulin requirements for nonkeytonic, insulin fast, and insulin sensitive forms of Diabetes. Because of the numerous and successful clinical studies with Neem on Diabetes, the Indian equivalent of the FDA has approved the manufacture and sale of Neem tablets, by Pharmaceutical companies, for the treatment of Diabetes.

In the old days, the people in India did not use neem toothpaste. They used neem toothbrushes instead. Chewing on a neem twig has for many centuries been the commonly preferred way to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy teeth.

In a study to determine the most effective method for reducing plaque formation and the level of bacteria on tooth surfaces researchers compared antibiotics to a number of plant materials with known antibacterial properties, including neem. They found that microorganisms found in inflamed gums and resistant to -

  • Penicillin (44%)
  • Tetracycline (30%)

But were not resistant to antibacterial plant extracts like neem. And unlike antibiotics, antibacterial plant extracts produced no allergy in the gingiva that could inhibit their effectiveness.

For centuries in India and Southeast Asia Ayurvedic practitioners and herbalists have successfully used Neem to reduce tumors. Clinical research performed in Europe and India using the polysaccharides and limonoids found in Neem bark, leaves, and seeds demonstrated some remarkable effects against cancers. These compounds not only reduced tumors and cancers but were also effective against lymphocytic leukemia. An amazing reduction in tumor size was reported when Neem extracts were injected around the tumors.

Have a look at our referenve links now -

  1. Neem Seed Oil by Buzzle
  2. Neem by Hub Pages
  3. Neem by Livestrong