Bitter Better Neem

Neem essential oil is illustrious all over the world for its various medicinal and therapeutic properties and qualities. The first ones in the world to discover and bring this amazing herb to use were Indians. The oil is so full of uses and benefits for everyne sufferig from any kind of problem.

Neem tree fruit looks a bit like olives. It contains one seed, which in turn can have one or several kernels.

Oil is produced by crushing and pressing the kernels, and then purifying the extract.

Raw neem oil has a strong, pungent odour, often described as similar to sulphur and garlic. Yes, it definitely reeks.

It’s not enough to ask: “What is neem oil?” Before you buy or use neem oil you should also ask, “What kind of neem oil is this?”.

Just like there are differences in the quality of olive oil, there are also huge differences in the quality of neem seed oil. And just like with olive oil, cold pressed neem oil is good. Heat destroys the active ingredients.

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
  • 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 (Dhan Prakash et al, 1996).

How your neem oil has been purified is also important. There are different purification methods. Some can leave traces of organic solvents and petrochemicals. Those can cause allergies.

Other purification methods remove most of the insecticidal properties. It says neem oil on the bottle, but it is actually a neem oil extract.

Neem oil has many uses, and what neem oil is best for you depends on how you want to use it.

Okay now have a look at our reference links now -

1. Neem tree-Azadirachta indica by Steve Nix
2. Neem- The village pharmacy by
3. Neem_ Village Pharmacy by

Neem as a Pesticide

NEEM – A Natural Harmless Pesticide
Planning to have that small and cute kitchen garden in the backyard…but you know there are numerous hungry creatures waiting to gorge on the delicacies that you’ve just planned to grow…
And you step back considering the consequences of a pest attack..a ruined kitchen garden..and your painfully broken heart…
There’s something we can resolve to do…Neem…Yes…you do not need to feed on your naive crops with those hopelessly harmful pesticides…because Neem is already your super-fertilizer to rescue…!

I know it sounds rather absurd that how a plant itself can serve as a pesticide…Well…then when the plant as a taste strong and bitter enough to get a corpse on its feet…just imagine what it can do to those pesky pests! (my sudden surge of emotions doesnt mean its harmful)…here again I say it for the record…Neem is the safest thing’s how it works as a pesticide…

In today’s world the use of neem as insecticides and pesticide against crop pests is proliferating…..The organic synthetic insecticides are more hazardous to handle….they tend to leave toxic residues in food products…they are non-biodegradable….and besides all this they have a detrimental impact on the environment…There are loads of choloro carbons in the organic pesticides which elude neem…as a pesticide…it is utterly environ friendly and has the same effects on pests as any other organic pesticide a way..when we use something as neem in place of any organic fertilizer or pesticide…it adds that green ‘environment-friendly’ badge to our credit and our work is also done in a far better and easy manner without any repercussions…or after-effects.

Most of the natural pesticides are easily biodegradable….the natural pesticides may not match synthetic insecticides in efficiency but yes they do control the pest pollution at the right moment  and may be beneficial to everyone….But one advantage is, natural insecticides extracted from plants in their semi-purified form have slow releasing action and prophylactic—that is if sprayed when infestation is low it prevents multiplication of insect population….

So…go green…use Neem (and it rhymes! okay kinda)
Have a look at the reference links…
1.    Harmless neem by srikanthgb
2.    3 harmless pesticides by

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
  3. Home Remedies With Neem by Hub Pages

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
3. Neem is good for by

Natures Gift for Eczema Treatment

Eczema Meet Dr.Neem!

Even the worst of storms come to a standstill when made to face God…Reason why I am saying so is that…even the worse and most pestering of skin problems can be kept at bay or cured with the help of the right God of the field..
In this case I mean the problem eczema and doctor…Neem..
Well…Eczema in a way is a chronic disorder…and cause intense scaling and rashes…It actually is a very common inflammatory skin disorder…characterized by extremely irritable…dry…red…sore and itchy skin…
Shockingly….Eczema is the most common in infants… Though there are others who outgrow it by early adulthood…its hereditary..
sufferers usually have asthma or hay fever…and of-course there are family histories to the diseases…

okay the points I’ll be jotting down below are the ones that make this condition even worse……
Feeling too hot or too cold
Fragrances or dyes added to skin lotions or soaps
Contact with rough materials
Dry skin
Exposure to environmental irritants
Allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals
Colds or the flu
Exposure to water

The most horrible thing about this disease is that the itchiness in it can be pretty unbearable….And scratching makes eczema even worse….
And then the skin really flares up…it can become raw… cracked…crusted…weep and people tend to get even other infections…courtesy scratching…

Hello Eczema! I am Dr.Neem.
And then comes Dr. Neem to recue…know how..
Neem oil is known for its anti-fungal…anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties…and hence is the best to treat Eczema….In fact…neem has been found to treat acne…eczema….ringworm….gingivitis…cold sores…and athlete’s foot… (phew! Our doc indeed is prolific)..
Anyone seeking neem’s help to cure their eczema…kindly use a neem paste and  in addition neem leaf…it can help make healing quicker….But avoid using it in pregnancy…
Neem….more formally known as azadiracta indica is extremely rich in anti-inflammatory chemicals like nimbidin and nimbin
These treat eczema naturally and soothes and relaxes our skin from the pesky symptoms…..If living in areas that have neem trees…try getting 1-2 pounds of neem leaves and soak them in bucket for a whole night….then use this water during bathing or submerge the affected area…repeat it several times a day…and savour the results..
and yes…

Have a look at these reference sites!
1.    Eczema by
2.    Health benefits by

Neem Oil’s Sorcery On Acne

Neem Oil – Acne’s Enemy

Almost every friend of mine has faced the problem of acne at some or the other point of time in life…And tho’ (by God’s grace) I never faced it…but I know to quite an extent the distress it can stir in an individual…to get up every single morning and see those red hideous zits on face and you want to go back to sleep again!
If only these generations knew of nature’s complains would’ve been voiced..
Neem…the natural…ayurvedic refuge from acne..before I let you know of its magical tricks…let me first explain what acne is…
It’s a condition of skin in which whiteheads, blackheads…..pimples and zits pop up on the skin….leaving the face smudged..

How and Why it happens?
Acne is caused of blocking/clogging of the pores on the skin..
In every pore…there’s an oil gland and a hair follicle…which is basically   responsible for providing enough moisture to the skin…
But when these oil glands start to produce surplus oil…the pores tend to get clogged and things like dirt and bacteria start to develop out of nowhere….This blockage is called a plug or comedone..
Thus we often see a kinda covering over our pores of the skin…which may either be white..called a whitehead…or black in colour…called a blackhead…
if that plug I mentioned about in the point previous to the last one…it causes the skin to swell up…there develops a sore…which may or may not be suppurating..
If the same burning sensation penetrates deep in the skin…they enlarge to form cysts…
Acne is basically a problem of swelling and inflammation…..not a problem caused by bacteria or anything…make it clear…
you know it is mainly prevalent in teenagers but even adults…infants or children fall prey to it….There even might be hormonal changes involved…and people even in their 30s and 40s may also have acne…
it can be hereditary…

Any kind of hormonal changes caused due to menstrual periods…pregnancy….birth control pills…..or even stress!
Using products with unnecessary amount of oil
Certain drugs can also cause acne
It might even occur due to high levels of humidity and sweating..
Despite the popular belief that chocolate, nuts, and greasy foods cause acne….research does not confirm this idea…tho’ yes diets high in refined sugars may be related to acne…

Neem…Here Comes Acne’s Biggest Enemy
Because Neem is anti bacterial…antifungal…Neem is naturally antiseptic and can help treat  acne to a great extent..It kills the impurities that clog our pores…it kills them clean and open…lets our skin breathe fresh…Hence the ones suffering should apply Neem paste on pimples and zits….Not only this…drinking Neem juice also helps control problem skin….

  • The antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Antiphrastic

These qualities of neem make it a natural treatment for acne……Apply neem paste on the zits…leave it to dry for some time and wash it off…application of it without a miss for 2 weeks will make one see the visible difference..

Here’s something in store that you should go through..
1.   Use neem to fight acne by Exposed
2.   How effective is neem for acne? By


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
Intestinal helminthiasis

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
Skin ulcers
Blood morbidity
Biliary afflictions

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..

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 for Stomach Infections

Forget Stomach Cramps with Neem
Neem….one solution to all possible ills of the human body (of course barring a few)…There must have been times during the early man’s age…or maybe a period little later…when the people must have used this little herb to heal all their wounds and injuries..bites and cuts…and must have even consumed the magic medicine to cure it all…Frankly…the times have not changed much…just the priorities have…owing to most people’s unawareness about the smallest yet biggest healers on earth has led the human race to run so much ahead of things…after the larger picture so as to utterly ignore the significance and goods of the minor…smaller…basic ones in the family…

Neem for quite some time has been one of such forgotten herbs…but soon…it regained it status back…and today in countries like India…people worship the tree for its being…Its medicinal properties and its ability to cure every ill inside the human body has brought it pretty far in the world race today…be it the people’s skin…their eyes…their mouth…their stomach…Neem has a cure for an ill almost anywhere and everywhere..

Indians consider the tree an actual pharmacy…because as a matter of fact it has an answer to all their ills….Every single part of the tree has big big uses for treating stomach disorders…It’s the bitter bark of the neem tree that has astringent properties is used for the treatment of haemorrhoids….and the neem leaves can be steeped for the treatment of malaria…intestinal worms and for peptic ulcers…Even the beings suffering from constipation…benefit a great deal from the neem leaves…or its juice…The juice of the neem leaves…or an infusion….treats all kinds of stomach infections and problems.. Even the oral health of a person can be enhanced by using twigs of this amazing tree…you know for cleaning one’s teeth…and this would help in preventing gum diseases and also help in firming up the gums…

The neem oil…which is expressed from the seeds…can be used as a sort of anti-viral and anti-fungal hair dressing…. This application prevents to get rid of lice ( which too can make your health go haywire in a way ) and other infestations of the scalp…

It is a fact that neem oil can be used as a vehicle for several other active ingredients….In addition… while the sap of the neem tree may be used as an external remedy in the treatment of leprosy…the seeds are considered to be spermicidal…that is just too much of work that neem alone does..

Have a look at our references..
1.    Neem by NeemWell
2.    Medicinal neem by
3.    Neem leaves benefits and uses

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……
need I say more? Okay I anyway will..

And you what….! It is SAFE…like I always keep howling..I mean consider 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 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 for Skin And Oral Health

Neem seed essential oil is one oil that has been used extensively by our ancestors all their lives. Be it for oral health, the health and care of skin and the getting rid of skin infections were all dealt by neem seed oil.

It’s true that using Neem oil and other topical acne treatments can make a big difference for some patients; but for more severe acne symptoms, or for certain skin types, advanced cosmetic skin treatments might be the better option. Laser-based skin treatments like IPL Photofacial, Blue Light Therapy, and even Fraxel Laser Resurfacing can be effective when it comes to removing deep-set acne scars and blemishes.

Neem oil will help clean and treat excessive oil production and clogged pores, but it can’t help erase deeper cystic acne, or remove old acne scars. That’s why, for the most enhanced skin rejuvenation results, consumers might want to try combining Neem oil with laser treatments, or with Microdermabrasion and/or Chemical Peels to treat acne symptoms in a more complete manner.

If you’re interested in professional laser skin care procedures, or dermabrasion and peel treatments for your acne, we recommend visiting with a trusted dermatologist or cosmetic provider in your area. They can give you an in-depth skin assessment and make informed recommendations concerning which acne treatments will yield the best results for you.

A search of Pubmed reveals over 400 different studies on Neem oil most of which deal with its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects. The data indicates that Neem does live up to its reputation as a wonder drug, at least in many respects.

There are studies showing that it gets rid of camel ticks, it’s a spermicide, stops hamsters from getting cheek cancer, it’s good for sheeps’ digestive systems, kills head lice, helps against some types of diabetes, repels mosquitoes, and stops mange. It’s also effective against -

  • Plaque
  • Cavities,

can interrupt the breeding cycle of the diamondback moth, and guards against some forms of gastic cancer. To name a few.

However, in all these studies (and I reviewed all 448 of them!) I couldn’t find a single reference to any testing on acne or eczema. Now, that doesn’t mean necessarily mean that Neem DOESN’T work. It is a plausible theory since it does have antibacterial properties. But there maybe other effects to consider. For example, it could kill the bacteria that cause acne (P. acnes) but it could also contribute to acne by clogging pores. Without some kind of test data it’s all speculation and hearsay.

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1.Home Remedies by
2.Home Remedies for toenail fungus by
3.benefits of neem leaves by