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

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 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

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

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 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