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

Neem – The Village Pharmacy

In ancient rural India..owing to the backwardness of it..people discovered this wondrous tree called ‘Neem’…whose benefits had no end..Let me just frame the history more formally..
IT has a grand history indeed…It was back then in 1922 that archeologists from Britain stumbled across the 5000-year-old Indus Valley archaeological site in Northwestern India….There was something really unusual and uncanny that happened…as they dug deeper the explorations should have been more primitive and simple yet instead they were rather advanced to evryone’s surprise!

In the last layers of it they discovered the cities Harappa & Mohenjodaro….and the most tantalizing factor being the cities were advanced enough to compete with the cities today…I mean as far as the construction…the engineering and everything was concerned….Just imagine…right from sanitation, drainage…and even the way the houses were constructed were spectacular..hard to believe that they belonged to such an ancient period..
And they found magic burried in deep…the most magical herb Azadirachta Indica better known as Neem….And thats how we coined the word ‘Ayurveda’…the most ancient yet modern (oxymoron it is I know) medical system…and its chief tool being….nothing else but Neem

When it comes down to the medicinal properties of neem..they’re even mentioned in the most ancient of books like the Veda’s….So explicitly mentioned in the Veda’s are the benefits of Neem that nothing else holds a position higher than the amazing tree…thats how we know that the population of India…centuries ago…fearlessly used Neem for any and every ill of theirs…and hence named it ‘the village pharmacy’.

You know something that’ll draw you more towards neem is that it’s actually the chief ingredient of all blood purifiers….and even in medicines of Diabetic people… It cures..
The removal of external and internal parasites
Including-

  • Malaria
  • Fevers
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • As an insect repellent

Though yet it is best at saving our teeth from decaying…. Dont know how many researches and studies now are staunch crusaders of the plant..
Understand it even more deeply…explore these reference links..

1. Neem tree-Azadirachta indica by Steve Nix
2. Neem- The village pharmacy by vedicheritaginc.com
3. Neem_ Village Pharmacy by www.neemtree.info

Peep In The Past – Neem

There has been an inseparable connection between neem and ayurveda. The highly antiseptic and therapeutic qualities of both of these are the reasons that there is so much demand of both of these in the world market.

 Various parts of the neem tree have been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India. Neem oil and the bark and leaf extracts have been therapeutically used as folk medicine to control leprosy, intestinal helminthiasis, respiratory disorders, constipation and also as a general health promoter. Its use for the treatment of rheumatism, chronic syphilitic sores and indolent ulcer has also been evident. Neem oil finds use to control various skin infections. Bark, leaf, root, flower and fruit together cure blood morbidity, biliary afflictions, itching, skin ulcers, burning sensations and pthysis.

 Neem has been highly successfully against harmful fungi, parasites, and viruses. Although it can destroy these, it does not kill off beneficial intestinal flora nor produce adverse side effects.

Neem is toxic to several fungi that attack humans, including the causes of athlete’s foot and ringworm and candida, which cause yeast infections and thrush. In fact, neem extracts are some of the most powerful Antifungal plant extracts found in the Indian pharmacopia that are used for these conditions.

 The compounds gedunin and nimbidol, found in the tree’s leaves, control the fungi listed above. Basing their studies on the ancient tradition of using neem to purify the air surrounding sick people, two Indian researchers found that neem smoke was successful in suppressing fungal growth and germination.

One of neem’s stronger advantages is its effect upon the skin in general. It has been most helpful in treating a variety of skin problems and diseases including psoriasis, eczema and other persistent conditions.

According to a report from the National Research Council’s Ad Hoc Panel of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development, neem preparation from the leaves or oils can be used as general antiseptics.

 Because neem contains antibacterial properties, it is highly effective in treating epidermal conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It is also used for treating -

  • septic sores

  • infected burns

  • scrofula

  • indolent ulcers

  • ringworm

Stubborn warts can be cleared up when a high-quality neem product is used.Unlike synthetic chemicals that often produce side effects such as rashes, allergic reactions, or redness, neem doesn’t seem to create any of these results.

 Have a look at our reference links now -

1. Neem tree-Azadirachta indica by Steve Nix
2. Neem- The village pharmacy by vedicheritaginc.com
3. Neem_ Village Pharmacy by www.neemtree.info

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

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

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

Neem for Face Packs

Neem – Secret Beauty Face Pack Ingredient

Always been in search of that one ingredient that I could mix with just every face pack to combat all skin ills…and i just happened to stumble across it…Neem…it’s just neem addition to every face pack and I am sorted…
Here’s telling you how and why..

Neem…as a matter of fact is an excellent exfoliating agent……it is this secret recipe for coveted skins…neem is also believed to possess amazing medicinal properties….Neem face packs rejuvenates the skin….helping combat common facial problems such as blemishes…acne and pimples….

You know these face packs are really easy to make…Neem pack is in fact one of the most popular homemade facial masks used…with the ingredients involved being easily available in the household….neem the excess oil from face, leaving the skin glowing, clean and radiant…

Anyway here’s one recipe for you!
Okay…for that secret beauty face pack..use these..
Neem Powder
Yoghurt
Milk
Rose Petal Powder
(aren’t these really easily available things?)

Okay how you go about the ingredients is…
Thoroughly mix the neem powder…rose petal powder and yoghurt in a bowl…
Add the milk to evenly mix the ingredients together till it becomes a paste….

Application can be done this way…
Apply the paste all over your face and neck…
Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes to dry…
Wash off the pack with rose water or plain cold water…

This treatment will eventually leaves the skin cooll…fresh and supple…and it’ll remain non-greasy and oil free for long after using the pack…

There’s something more to add to your knowledge….Neem oil is the cocoa butter or shea butter of the east… an excellent moisturizer…high in Vitamin E……rich in emollients and fatty acids…soothing dry…cracked or otherwise stretched…damaged and rough skin…. Not like just anything…neem oil actually restores the skin’s natural elasticity….

Its amalgamation with different herbs brings out different appreciable results…it combat zits… it is anti-inflammatory and reduces the swelling and redness of conditions like acne (like I mentioned previously)…the boost to our immune system promotes a healthy skin and an even skin tone…
Call it miraculous…call it fact…but neem won’t change…have a look at these..

1.    Skin care by www.discoverneem.com
2.    Skin care tips by Beauty Care
3.    Skin diseases by Neem foundation

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

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

Neem – The Magical Herb

You know an apple…search for it anywhere…and it is prescribed in almost all diseases barring a few..You know its like one those fruits which helps more than its hurts…Similarly neem can be addressed as the apple of herbs…the magical herb that heals every physical ill…and is just and just of benefits to us…

In the process you might lose count…but then it wont be your fault..listen up!
It is a tree found almost everywhere and owing to its myriad magical cures it is often referred to as a magical herb….Indians worship this magical herb…. No part of this tree goes in the dumps…big reason behind…no part of it is useless!
You name it and it benefits it…
Skin disorders
Sexual disorders
Wound healing
Urinary problems
It is an amazing immune booster
Treats sexual disorders as gonorrhoea and syphilis

There’s more…Now its magical benefits..owing to its ‘magical herb’ status
Neem is Antimicrobial
Neem is a unique multipurpose herb than possess anti-microbial effect- it works as a very useful antibacterial, antiviral, anti protozoal, antifungal agent. Due to the great healing properties of Neem it is used to render microbes inactive and thus helping in wound healing and treating septic conditions in infectious cases.

Treats Skin disorders
It is anti malarial and also has shown tremendous results in variety of skin ailments….it helps in the detoxification of the body by throwing out the toxins that are responsible for causing diseases…physical application of Neem can treat acne…pimples….eczema…psoriasis…scabies…ringworm birth and development (wow! there is SO much)…Bathing with water having Neem leaves in it can cure many skin problems apart from keeping away the microbial infection from the body in our day today life….

Hair Care
Oil of Neem is used to treat hair fall…dandruff…growth of lice etc etc….Promotes healthy growth of hair making them shinier and preventing premature graying and that’s the reason why many soaps and shampoos contain Neem….

Anti-inflammatory effects
Neem water is used to treat wound after burn and injuries because it acts as antiseptic….Neem possesses anti inflammatory and analgesic properties…. Neem’s physical application is done extensively in case of arthritis as osteoarthritis… rheumatoid arthritis…gout…backache and other kinds of pains..

Cures Stomach and Abdominal infections
It is good for stomach….it is used to treat constipation….indigestion…epigastric pain…and hyperacidity….neem improves the liver function and boosts the liver secretions….Neem acts as a dewormer and helps in clearing out intestinal worms….

A disinfectant
Neem works very well in treating urinary tract problems….It also suppresses excessive micturition….good for Diabetic patients owing to its bitterness….and it even lowers down the cholesterol levels and is also used to treat many oral problems….It cures ulcers and treats cough as well….

An Immunity booster
makes body stronger to fight alien invasion….It maintains the body temperature by regulating the extra amount of heat being generated in the body thus controlling hyperthermia and avoids fever…..

Other benefits of Neem Tree
Protects plants from pests and insects in the agriculture field….Reatins the alkalinity of the soil..

Phew! so much…just one amazing herb…check out these..
1.    Neem- The magic herb by Dove
2.    Magic of mother nature by ezinearticles.com
3.    Neem uses and benefits by Article base