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

More Than 70 % Of Ayurvedic Remedies Contain Neem Oil

Ayurveda and Neem – Encounters & Friendship
There is a parity drawn between the magic of ayurveda and neem as a herbal plant…Since times immemorial the two have joined hands to help the human race…

Traditionally Neem was ( actually it still is being used) used in Ayurveda for a number of conditions…it is this chief ingredient in almost every blood purification formula used in Ayurveda and it is even present  in most Diabetic formulas as well….

It treats acute problems of  arthritis…rheumatism….conducive in the removal of external and internal parasites….including malaria and fevers and as an insect repellent…..

And….one of the most famous uses for Neem is to fight against tooth decay & gum disease….Its twigs and leaves have been used as toothbrushes for thousands of years by millions of people in India hence promoting oral hygiene…. And finally today…Neem got its true recognition…hundreds of scientific clinical studies confirm the smartness and tact of India’s people and her Ancient Ayurvedic medical texts….

Active ingredients of it are in the neem seed oil…and of course the active ingredients are also found in lesser amounts in the bark and the leaves…. When a serious condition was treated a concentrated paste of the leaves or strong decoction of the leaves or the bark was used…for blood purification (in cases of any bacterial… fungal… or viral infections)….malaria…fever…arthriti… rheumatism….and lots of other diseases….It was also used as a shield against different pests both as an insect repellent and insecticide that is both safe and harmless to humans….

And traditionally Neem oil was applied externally to the hair…scalp…and skin for parasites…..It was also massaged into arthritic joints…after being slightly warmed…to relieve pain and inflammation…

So all and all that I am trying to convey is that…Neem has been the king ingredient in almost every ayurvedic medicine…it still continues to be…and will continue to be…because of myriad beneficial and magical qualities…Ayurveda developed with neem…Neem thus has been an integral part of the field since long…

So now have a look at these references of ours..
1.    Neem by Selvester
2.    Neem tree by www.organeem.com
3.    Neem The green Gold by www.techno-preneur.net

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 for Glowing Skin

Neem – Like Polish to Gold, Like Neem to Skin

Can I please elaborate the title of this article???
(Oh yes I will!)
I know it’s crystal clear but still I’ll go for the feat…Neem and a glowing..healthy skin…go hand in hand…Neem is like a mother to your skin…no matter by which means you utilize it…it only does good…no matter by chewing neem leaves (Okay I know it’s a little too tough a job) or applying neem paste on the face…it cleans it…scrapes out the impurities…lets your pores breathe…here’s how it does so…

I presume that you already know that Neem’s involvement in medicines….cosmetics…and health-related items immemorial in India (in a matter-of-factly tone)….
Keep glued…Neem is one of the best…nah! it IS the ‘best…bitter…basic’ (wow! alliteration!) tonics in ayurveda which help detoxification and also extends a helping hand in improving the immune system….
There’s more (now of your ultimate interest) Neem…is very helpful in treating skin disorders and helps maintain a healthy……beautiful….glowing and hydrated skin….

Neem has properties to drop your jaw…it is
great at purifying the blood
at maintaining healthy circulatory….digestive….respiratory and urinary systems
anti-bacterial
anti-fungal
Pretty prolific no?

You know how it does so?
Neem actually kills the underlying bacteria that cause Acne / Pimples and stifles them from hitting back…. It does NOT matter how you use it (like I mentioned previously)….no matter in face-packs…or consuming it wholely…or by any other means…it does the same fo r your skin either ways…purifies your blood…kills the bacteria causing ugly big zits…scrapes the dead skin…rendering it clean…clear…glowing..
Going for Neem Supplement is the smartest option because it takes care of Facial Acne….Back Acne and other skin disorders like Psoriasis and Eczema…as it does wonders for your skin…

Try making a neem face-pack…which will do unbelievable wonders to your skin...

Make a neem face pack with milk…yogurt….neem powder and rose petal powder….Aplly this on your face…..your nect…….and even on your arms…..Let it dry for 20 minutes and then clean your skin with rose water….This neem pack can cure your acne problems as neem has got medicinal properties…and will leave your skin hydrated and glowing..it’ll polish your skin…will bring out the pure and clean skin that lies under the heaps of dust and dead skin..

hmm…pretty updated now…check out these reference links..

1.    Face packs for oily skin by HYPERLINK ” www.beautytipshub.com
2.    Make up by Somreeta Mukherjee
3.    Home remedies for glowing skin by www.indiaparenting.com

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 – 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

Unknown Benefits of Neem

With so many things to pay attention to in today’s world…Its surprising to note that still certain countries in the west are not much acqaintained with Neem…Neem as a herb..Neem as a medicine…Neem as problem shooter for all ills…and even if they do know about it…then plethora of it remains under wraps..
Often termed it is as ‘Nature’s Drugstore’ and ‘Village Pharmacy’ conferred on a herb…Neem is pretty famous in most of the Asian countries…Widely used as a major component in Ayurvedic and Unani medicinal system…

Its the apt doctor for all possible physical skin diseases…Has great hold in Ayurveda for being..
Anti-diabetic
Contraceptive
Anti-bacterial
Anti-viral
Sedative in nature

This is a tad less known about the tree that not even a single part of the tree is spared as far as it’s use is concerned…Be it the leaves…bar…seeds or flowers anything or everything attached to the tree has a benefitting use..
Desperate for a healthy…clean…glowing skin? Resort to Neem…the saviour…You its amazing to know that Neem alone is the highest position holder in terms of its demand to cure the problems of acne and skin rashes…..It’s leaves are the ones that meticulously remove the skin impurities causing pimples…acne…spots..scars…done so by free radical in the body by neutralizing them….
Okay now comes an entirely different use..which i presume most of us are not aware of….
Neem is both!
a.    A tonic…
b.    An astringent...

used in the right way…we obtain flawlessly glowing skin to flaunt….What it does is that it extracts and oil remove the redness and itching while improving the condition of the skin….In case of pimples and acne..its like a inflammation extinguisher…and bacteria tracker!

Known for more than 4500 years for its wide range of  properties…the Neem tree belongs to the plant family of Meliaceae and is indigenous to the Indian sub-continent……its a fast-growing ever-green tree which grows to a height of 50-56 feet…the branches of neem trees are widespread and have asymmetric leaves…

Barks of it are conducive in maintaining the substantial health of the body….the immunity….
Pesky common cold…fever…worm birth…treat them with neem…and it will eradicate them….

Here’s another new one…its antibacterial properties treat gum diseases and cavities….and again due to its strong anti-oxidant properties…its like a shield against chemically induced carcinogens and liver damage by increasing antioxidant levels….
Also Neem has
Anti viral
Anti-fungal
Anti-parasitic qualities
Antiseptic
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-pyretic

And listen up! NO side effects! (phew!)
Such a vast range of benefits so less known in the west and cure it has been associated with ayurveda from a long time ago and has been benefiting us in numerous ways….okay I forgot to mention this one… Prevention for malaria…dengue…and other insect bite…can be shouldered by neem very easily…

Need I say more..? No..I believe..so just have a look at our references…
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

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 vedicheritaginc.com
3. Neem_ Village Pharmacy by www.neemtree.info

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 around..here’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
So..in 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 doityourself.com