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

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

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

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 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 – 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 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