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

Neem Oil best for Skin Disorders

Neem – A Blessing for Skin Diseases

I recently bought this skin-pack…owing to redness and itching on the skin of my arms..it had this fancy packing and boasted of all benefits on earth…I applied and itched..applied and itched..this went on for a week or so…possibly all it did to my skin was that it made it visibly normal but didn’t do anything about the uneasiness I had because of itching..
Thanks to my unawareness…I finally gave up started surfing the web..and found answer to my problem…Neem.
I never knew (honestly) that Neem rendered a refuge from all possible skin problems to all age-groups..to add on to it…it was used to enhance the appearance of skin…as in for glowing…fair and clean complexion…
It leaves the other organic products back in the race because of its blood purifying properties…it does it work from inside…and not superficially from outside as is the case with other products..
The quality of neem in purifying blood is found in active neem compounds help to maintain youthful and healthy skin…. In present times….neem has been well researched and tested for its use in curing large number of skin diseases….It has a tremendously growing demand by ayurvedic medicine manufacturers…pharmaceutical and herbal cosmetic companies because of its magical ability to fight skin diseases..

What in Neem kills the ills of the skin?
Anti Allergic
Anti Viral
Anti Bacterial
Anti Fungal
Blood Purifying

What kills the ills in Neem?
Neem leaf powder and extracts
Neem oil
Neem Bark powder and extracts

What ills does it kill?
Pimples
Blemishes
Rashes
Scabies
Acne
Eczema
Ringworm

There’s more to it…hang on…neem is like a ninja against harmful fungi…..parasites………and viruses…And the ninja although destroys these ….but but but….it does not kill the beneficial intestinal flora nor produce adverse side effects…Now thats a loyal ninja..what say?
Its a killer…of fungi that attack humans…and that undoubtedly includes fungi causing athlete’s foot…..ringworm and candida……..which cause yeast infections and thrush……In fact…its the best thats used in all thses conditions…
What actually does the the one-on-one fight are the compounds..
Gedunin
Nimbidol
They are present in the tree’s leaves….control the fungi listed above….And two Indian researchers have actually found that the smoke of neem stifles the fungal growth..

Sigh…I wish I knew all this before I burnt my pocket..anyway…You check out these..

1. Skin Diseases by neemfoundation.org
2. benefits of neem leaves by ayurvedahealthblog.blogspot.com
3. medicinal uses of neem by srikanthgb@neem.biz

Natural Psoriasis Treatment with Neem Oil

Ever heard of the problem of Psoriasis? Unfortunate are the ones suffering from it…and even more of it are the ones who dont have access to the knowledge it’s easy… available…sit-at-home treatment..I am here to enlighten..

Hmm….Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that occurs on the skin….It happens when the immune system goes nuts and starts to consider the skin cells..pathogens…and in the process sends out all sorts of absurd signals that eventually speed up the growth cycle of skin cells….As a matter of fact Psoriasis is not contagious (phew!)

Its actually a very common condition….It may affect people of any age…but it most commonly begins between ages 15 and 35..
In this skin cells grow deep in the skin and rise to the surface about once a month…In persons with psoriasis….this process is too fast (about 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks) and dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface…it gives the skin a pathetic look..
The below given things may act as catalysts in the disease or worsen the condition..

Injury to the skin….which may include cuts…burns..and insect bites
Some medicines…including anti-malaria drugs… beta-blockers
Stress..

  • Bacteria or viral infections…including strep throat and upper respiratory   infections
  • Dry air or dry skin
  • Too little sunlight
  • Too much sunlight ( in other words any sunburn)
  • Too much alcohol

Why Neem or Neem oil is a refuge from it?
The patent of this disease is dryness and scaling….. And as a matter of fact…both of these conditions can be cured using neem….
Why?
Because….Neem oil is an the sole emollient which would carefully treat  this condition like nothing else would…
Neem oil is like a grand source of natural steroid…which cures the irritation…itchiness and redness….and this very property of neem almost instantly eliminates the trouble of patchy skin…what makes neem the best cure for this disease is its ability to enhance skin immunity and heal the skin tissues…

Neem has anti-bacterial properties….It fights the skin infections which usually builds up in the cracks of the skin…making the disease worse.

so this is how Neem cures psoriasis but yes…if you seek more effective results then…apply neem oil to the skin before going to bed….rinse it off well before leaving for outside…..Keep the skin clean…try exposing the skin to the early rays of the sun…so that it can absorb ample vitamin D….wear covered clothes….avoid contact with dirt and dust… consume turmeric…it’s anti-bacterial property and healing function enhances the curing process…

That was all…hope i made you tad more aware about this disease..so next time..be aware…be updated..

Have a look at these reference links..
1.    Neem oil cures Psoriasis by  www.boldsky.com
2.    Neem for Psoriasis by  www.discoverneem.com
3.    Home remedies for Psoriasis by www.homemademedicine.com

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
Stress

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 www.buzzle.com
2.    Health benefits by myhealthyfoods.com


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 bounty..no 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 wisegeek.com

 

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

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 www.gits4u.com
3.    Neem leaves benefits and uses

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.

Go through the reference links now -

1.Home Remedies by www.organicfacts.net
2.Home Remedies for toenail fungus by www.totsl-health-care.com
3.benefits of neem leaves by ayurvedahealthblog.blogspot.com

Neem Oil And Life’s Integradtion

Neem essential oil has many uses and there are a number of ways the oil of it can be used in daily life for various routinely benefits and uses. Neem essential oil is wonderful at healing and curing diseases and injuries.

Neem Oil is used in insecticide manufacturing because it contains azadirachtin which effects over 600 species of pests including insects, nematodes, fungi and viruses and is completely safe to non target organisms like predators, honey bees, pollinators, fish, birds, cattle and human beings.

Azadirachtin of neem oil is a famous natural Anti-feedent, growth regulator and ovi-positional repellent for insects, as a major active ingredient which make it a perfect alternative to chemical pesticides.

Neem Oil or Neem Seed Oil is a brownish Yellow color Liquid, with smell of Garlic. Neem Oil is slightly soluble in water and has 6.5 to 7.5 Ph value, it boils at more than 200 degree Celsius and freeze at 13 degree Celsius.

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.

This tree is considered to be of divine origin. According to Indian mythology, amrita (ambrosia or the elixir of immortality) was being carried to heaven and a few drops of it fell on the Neem tree.

Another story tells of the time the Sun took refuge in the Neem Tree to escape from the awesome powers of the demons.

Some common practices involving the Neem tree integrated in the Indian lifestyle have been:

  • Sleeping and resting under the Neem tree
  • Burning Neem leaves and twigs to ward off mosquitoes
  • Growing the tree in the vicinity to purify the atmosphere
  • Hanging Neem twigs and leaves at doors for protection against communicable diseases.
  • Spreading Neem leaves near persons suffering from infectious diseases.
  • Bathing with water in which a few Neem leaves have been boiled
  • Greeting the Groom with fresh Neem twigs at weddings, to ward off evil
  • Putting dried Neem leaves in folds of clothes and in stored grain
  • Chewing a Neem stick for oral hygiene first thing in the morning
  • Increasing the shelf –life of vegetables and fruits by packing the produce with neem leaves in baskets.
  • Adding neem leaves to the feed of milch cattle
  • Puddling neem leaves and twigs in rice fields

Have a look at 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 – For Making Soaps

I take it for granted that you know all possible uses of Neem…as a tree…as an oil…etc etc…but possibly what I might have missed mentioning and you might have not known that Neem does another great chore (Okay not literally…its ‘personification’ I know!)…it is even used in making something as basic and routinely used as soap..! Yes Neem is used for making soaps as well apart from the many other things in which it is used as a chief ingredient..

Just for your information let me tell you this that…By pressing the seed kernels of the neem tree…Neem oil is obtained….We already know that it is unbearably bitter in taste and has a kind of sulphur like smell…some people also call it garlic’s smell…Anyway thats not important..Okay… Its single seed may contain up to 50 percent oil by weight! (Hard to believe I know)
Neem’s quality of proving itself as an amazing moisturizer is the reason behind it being used as a major ingredient in certain kinds of soaps….Apart from soaps its also heavily used in making

1.    Shampoos
2.     Toothpaste
3.     Cosmetics
4.     mosquito repellents
5.     creams and lotions
6.     pet products like pet shampoo

Another great quality being it also contains vitamin E…and essential amino acids and certain amount of  fatty acids too….
Its assets makes it hte perfect choice for the sufferers of skin diseases like
•    Eczema
•    Psoriasis
•    Skin allergies
•    Contraceptives

‘Salannin’ is the reason as to why neem is perfect to be used in insect repellents….and further in cases of  biting flies…sand fleas and ticks….
Its many qualities make it fit to work against fungi and even helps in controlling that powdery kind of  mildew….Some people have also experienced good results with neem oil spray on black spot….

You now neem oil is the main ingredient of neem oil soap…..Like other essential esoteric oils…neem is just not simply added to things (like lavender or tea tree)…it is added because it has benefits for skin that can easily supersede the goods done to our skin by any other oils ….And yes..as a matter of fact Neem oil does form the basis of the soap.

You wish to reach the maximum benefits of neem…do it by using a soap of it…it’ll do to you the maximum amount of good..
Certain of its properties are dominating because of which it is used chiefly in soap making…Neem oil has properties such as

•    Antibacterial
•    Antifungal
•    Insecticidal
•    Soothing
•    Moisturising

It’s like this luxury for skin…regardless of what skin type we are…it only renders us feeling clean and treated…
Its like this harmless..and antiseptic thing for the skin…that kill the impurities…and gives a healthy glow from the inside…

Much known..do a sneak-peek at our reference links
1.    Neem and its uses by www.organeem.com
2.    Neem cures by Earth Clinic
3.    Neem for skin by www.infinityfoundation.com

 

1.    Neem and its uses by www.organeem.com