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 for Face Packs

Neem – Secret Beauty Face Pack Ingredient

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neem Oil for Pets Care

Neem – Your Pet’s Vet

I became restless and desperate when i saw my dog..Jo lethargic and in a way moaning because of some internal trouble…I took it to a Vet…He gave medicines…oral dose…He became fit as a fiddle in 3 days or so with it’s dose..I noticed the name Neem in the ingredients of the medicine…searched…surfed further…and was enlightened!

You know it is just amazing to know that the consumption of Neem by our pets can be equally beneficial to them like it is to us! As it helps us gain a concentrated source of antioxidants to help combat damage caused by environmental toxins….We basically recommend neem bark because it tastes less bitter than the leaf and contains compounds that help protect the liver and stomach lining if the pet is taking other medications…

For dogs…Neem made with natural essential oils where as for cats it is made with a feline-safe fragrance…apply it on your pet during summers…try making more contact with the animal’s skin by running a dropper full for every 25 pounds down the animal’s back while ruffing their fur back….
The best part about neem is (ofcourse apart from its numerous other good benefits)…it is absolutely harmful in nature…as in it is entirely non-toxic…the best our pets can get…without any kind of side-effects..

hmm…to make your belief firmer…Listen to this…The Neem tree biologically called Azadirachta Indica basically belongs to to India and there it is often referred to as ‘the village pharmacy’…..its name to has been taken from Sanskirit ‘Nimba’ which means bestower of good health and for 4,500 years (imagine its origin!) its use has been pretty famous in ayurveda and agricultuture……In fact…..a lot of it’s less known benefits have been uncovered by researchers today….I mean its powerful antibacterial….anti-fungal…antiviral and antiseptic properties…
I mean right from top to its extreme bottom…the tree is of absolute use…..be it for animals for people or even for plants itself!

It is a herbal remedy for the medication of
Respiratory disease
Intestinal parasites
Fever
Gastrointestinal disease
Skin disorders
Infections in pets
Immune system disorder
For us and for our pets..Isn’t that a rare quality to possess?

Neem stops the development of viruses and prevent them from invading the cells…..it is an appropriate herbal remedy for numerous skin disorders….
Okay something that makes neem best for pets is its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving quality!
Not only this the leaf of neem has ability to suppress the fungus that cause ringworm in pets….

There can be an external application of the neem oil and it helps too to great extents!
No matter external no matter internal…parasite are forced to remember their granma with the application of neem…
Neem is used for pet medication against intestinal parasites….including worms….Neem oil is an excellent treatment for scabies!

Some of the important chemicals in neem that contribute to this effect are azadirachtin…nimbidinlimonoid….and catechin….Luke warm neem oil is also recommended for external use to reduce pain and inflammation in affected joints….and irritable pets to soothe them..

That is why I am satiated with neem…Have a look at these..
1. Neem oil for dogs by www.discoverneem.com
2. Neem oil and its uses by www.organeem.com
3. Health benefits of neem by Holly Brewer

Neem Oil – Power-Packed Natural Oil

The fact is undeniable that the oil obtained from Neem is the most powerful and highly antiseptic as compared to any other possible natural oil. The oil has properties that can give even the best of medicines a run for their money.

Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of Neem (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most important of the commercially available products of neem for organic farming and medicines.

Neem oil is derived by pressing the seed kernels of the neem tree. It is very bitter with a garlic/sulfur smell. A single seed may contain up to 50 percent oil by weight. Neem oil is an excellent moisturizing oil and contains various compounds that have insecticidal and medicinal properties. It is used in making shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, mosquito repellants, creams and lotions, pet products like pet shampoo, etc. It also contains vitamin E, other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. Neem oil is used for treating many skin diseases viz. eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, etc. and is being studied for making contraceptives in India. A compound found in Neem Oil and neem leaves extract- ‘Salannin’, has been proven to be safer but more effective insect repellant than DEET. Neem provides protection from not only mosquitoes, but also from biting flies, sand fleas and ticks.

Neem oil is not used for cooking purposes but, in India and Bangladesh, it is used for preparing cosmetics (soap, hair products, body hygiene creams, hand creams) and in Ayurvedic, Unani and folklore traditional medicine, in the treatment of a wide range of afflictions. The most frequently reported indications in ancient Ayurvedic writings are skin diseases, inflammations and fevers, and more recently rheumatic disorders, insect repellent and insecticide effects.

Traditional Ayurvedic uses of neem include the treatment of Acne, fever, leprosy, malaria, ophthalmia and tuberculosis. Various folk remedies for neem include use as an anthelmintic, antifeedant, antiseptic, diuretic, emmenagogue, contraceptive, febrifuge, parasiticide, pediculocide and insecticide. It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of –

  • Tetanus
  • Urticaria
  • Eczema
  • Scrofula
  • Erysipelas

Traditional routes of administration of neem extracts included oral, vaginal and topical use. Neem oil has an extensive history of human use in India and surrounding regions for a variety of therapeutic purposes.

Alright, now check out our reference links –

  1. Neem Seed Oil by Buzzle
  2. Neem by Hub Pages
  3. Neem by Livestrong

 

Neem – The Village Pharmacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peep In The Past – Neem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • septic sores

  • infected burns

  • scrofula

  • indolent ulcers

  • ringworm

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

 Have a look at our reference links now -

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

Home Remedies for Scabies

Neem – Blessing for ones suffering from Scabies

Even the tiniest of things on earth can prove to be the most pestering…just for example..even if a particle of dust enters our eye…it can render us frantic and irritable for several minutes…likewise..certain microscopic mites if come in contact with our skin..can trouble us to the hilt!

Scabies is is one such trouble caused by tiny mites….manifested on skin and causes small itchy bumps and blisters Sarcoptes scabiei….These tiny pests get into the epidermis of skin and lay eggs there…
The burrows  the small holes these mites make) sometimes appear as short…wavy….reddish…or darkened lines on the skin’s surface…especially around the wrists and between the fingers…Anyone contracting it can develop a bumpy red rash….

hmm now the queation arises as to how people get scabies…?
You kniow this disease is highly contagious…and is mainly transmitted by prolonged skin-to-skin contact or through sexual contact with someone else who is infected with it….crowded and dingy places are conducive in spreading the disease by great measures  like maybe -
within a household
nursing homes
healthcare centers
college dorms

So basically an anticipatory caution before the disease actually develops can be a wise-step..

Why Neem to cure it???
Neem has already acted as a shield for many diseases..and cases with parasites and even fungal and viral problems….The claim is of neem’s ability to cure the apparently the incurable..Here giving you some solid reasons..
1. Neem is certified organic..
2. It is a natural contraceptive…

When using Neem on their body to treat scabies we are almost sorted because Neem will STOP the reproduction cycles of mites….in other words there is no multiplication of the pests…

How does Neem do the magic?
The magical constituent of Neem is azadirachtin…..and azadirachtin seems to be an ‘ecdysone blocker’….It blocks/stops the insect’s production and release of these vital hormones….They will then stop to develop….thus breaking their life cycle….

hmm…so now we know the cure…okay now have a look at these…
1.   Neem..scabies treatment by www.discoverneem.com
2.   Treatment for scabies by www.neemgenie.co.uk
3.   Treat scabies by www.livestrong.com

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

Neem has a Cooling Effect

Neem- The “Coolest” Herb!

Doesn’t it feel just out of this world when you’ve had a minty chewing-gum or sore throat toffee and then you suddenly have water…it feels like your throat is on nice…or maybe your throat has been exposed to some air conditioner…
Surprisingly neem has a kinda similar effect on any part of our body with applied in the right manner…
you already must be knowing that neem has been illustrious for its medicinal properties from quite some time now…erm…okay by that ‘some’ i mean some 2000 years!  And it was India that originally originated it’s use…and hence the neem tree soon was revered for its benefits & helps…
1. Its roots stretch wide and deep…not just ayurveda but also unani and homeopathy
2. Major reason it’s called ‘the village pharmacy’

In layman’s terms neem has an amazing understanding of reproductive system…the GI tract….the respiratory system…..and the circulatory system..and cools them down all when either of them under strain..

It kicks the immunity of a being a notch higher especially in the
Skin
Scalp
Nails
Hair
It cleans cool and safe the passages in the body an refreshes the mind during the process..
Okay…now some key information for you…the availability of the oil is in two foms….
3. Number one being a potent and distinctly strong smelling vegetable oil….the pure extract of neem fruits and/or seeds…that while effective in certain applications….
Number two is a more traditional herbal preparation of neem leaves….a base oil…and some water (which is cooked off in the preparation process)….This ancient ayurvedic preparation renders a far safer….more user-friendly effect on the senses…

Cool help of our ‘cool’ friend neem..
Strengthens natural immunity, particularly that of the skin
Cools and soothes skin
Cools excess heat due to increased pitta
Fosters a healthy blood system
Supports rejuvenation of healthy tissue
Owing to its excessive bitterness…it has an unbelievably cooling effect…Neem oil is actually the coolest herbalized oils used in Ayurveda….This strength of Neem with its ability to support healthy blood…makes it most balancing to pitta….Excess pitta can manifest in a number of ways…the main location being the skin…
Okay…check out our ‘cool’ friend in some detail..

1.    Medicinal neem by body mind wellness centre
2.    Cooling properties of neem by www.buzzle.com
3.   Neem by health jockey