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

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

Medicinal Properties of Neem Oil

Neem – Prolific Medicine
When we come across something which alone can fight all our ills..we tend to bow towards it and worship it…Neem is one such prolific medicine to be worshiped…
Almost every part of any Neem tree has various uses….Just to make you count…. Neem has been therapeutically used as folk medicine to control the following…
Respiratory disorders
Leprosy
Intestinal helminthiasis
Constipation

And even as a general health promoter….And there’s more it has been used to treat rheumatism….chronic syphilitic sores and indolent ulcer…….Neem oil fights various skin infections….no matter its bark…leaf…root flower and fruit together cure..
Burning sensations
Itching
Skin ulcers
Blood morbidity
Biliary afflictions
Pthysis

Medicinal properties of neem have been known to Indians since a very long time…..The earliest medical writings of Sanskrit refer to the benefits of neem’s fruits….seeds…oil…leaves…roots and bark….Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine don’t know since when…
It is claimed that neem can provide answers to all possibly incurable diseases….since long neem products have been used against a wide variety of diseases which include heat-rash….boils….wounds…..jaundice…..leprosy……skin disorders….stomach ulcers…..chicken pox…..
So many researchers have suggests that neem has a very bright future in medicine….It magically cures diseases like..
Ringworm
Eczema
Scabies

Neem paste…when locally applied…can cure these dermatological diseases within 3-4 days in an acute stage…preparation of neem with turmeric was found to be effective in the treatment of scabies in nearly 814 people 100…..
Neem leaf extract has been recommended for oral use for the treatment of malaria………In a recent study it was found that the lipid level….especially cholesterol…was found to be lower during therapy when compared to non-malaria patients….there is an availability of certain reports regarding the use of neem to treat patients suffering from various forms of cancer…..

It is also known that the application of neem with a certain substance when applies in the intra-vaginal region before sexual intercourse could prevent pregnancy with no adverse effect on vagina…cervix and uterus…

Enough you know of Neem’s medicinal properties..
Have a look at our references..
1. Medicinal properties of Neem: New Findingsby D.P. Agrawal
2. Neem’s medicinal uses by Neem Foundation
3. Neem for good health by Complete wellbeing

Neem – The Magical Herb

You know an apple…search for it anywhere…and it is prescribed in almost all diseases barring a few..You know its like one those fruits which helps more than its hurts…Similarly neem can be addressed as the apple of herbs…the magical herb that heals every physical ill…and is just and just of benefits to us…

In the process you might lose count…but then it wont be your fault..listen up!
It is a tree found almost everywhere and owing to its myriad magical cures it is often referred to as a magical herb….Indians worship this magical herb…. No part of this tree goes in the dumps…big reason behind…no part of it is useless!
You name it and it benefits it…
Skin disorders
Sexual disorders
Wound healing
Urinary problems
It is an amazing immune booster
Treats sexual disorders as gonorrhoea and syphilis

There’s more…Now its magical benefits..owing to its ‘magical herb’ status
Neem is Antimicrobial
Neem is a unique multipurpose herb than possess anti-microbial effect- it works as a very useful antibacterial, antiviral, anti protozoal, antifungal agent. Due to the great healing properties of Neem it is used to render microbes inactive and thus helping in wound healing and treating septic conditions in infectious cases.

Treats Skin disorders
It is anti malarial and also has shown tremendous results in variety of skin ailments….it helps in the detoxification of the body by throwing out the toxins that are responsible for causing diseases…physical application of Neem can treat acne…pimples….eczema…psoriasis…scabies…ringworm birth and development (wow! there is SO much)…Bathing with water having Neem leaves in it can cure many skin problems apart from keeping away the microbial infection from the body in our day today life….

Hair Care
Oil of Neem is used to treat hair fall…dandruff…growth of lice etc etc….Promotes healthy growth of hair making them shinier and preventing premature graying and that’s the reason why many soaps and shampoos contain Neem….

Anti-inflammatory effects
Neem water is used to treat wound after burn and injuries because it acts as antiseptic….Neem possesses anti inflammatory and analgesic properties…. Neem’s physical application is done extensively in case of arthritis as osteoarthritis… rheumatoid arthritis…gout…backache and other kinds of pains..

Cures Stomach and Abdominal infections
It is good for stomach….it is used to treat constipation….indigestion…epigastric pain…and hyperacidity….neem improves the liver function and boosts the liver secretions….Neem acts as a dewormer and helps in clearing out intestinal worms….

A disinfectant
Neem works very well in treating urinary tract problems….It also suppresses excessive micturition….good for Diabetic patients owing to its bitterness….and it even lowers down the cholesterol levels and is also used to treat many oral problems….It cures ulcers and treats cough as well….

An Immunity booster
makes body stronger to fight alien invasion….It maintains the body temperature by regulating the extra amount of heat being generated in the body thus controlling hyperthermia and avoids fever…..

Other benefits of Neem Tree
Protects plants from pests and insects in the agriculture field….Reatins the alkalinity of the soil..

Phew! so much…just one amazing herb…check out these..
1.    Neem- The magic herb by Dove
2.    Magic of mother nature by ezinearticles.com
3.    Neem uses and benefits by Article base

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

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

Branches Of Goodness – Neem’s Top 5

I am sure you must have heard and read chunks about neem and even the oilo that is obtained from it. They are highly antiseptic in nature and top the list of naturally therapeutic and edicinal oils. That is just one reason why neem is so popular all over the world.

  1.  Psoriasis: 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.
  2.  Diabetes: Whether drinking a simple cup of tea out of the leaves or taking extracts of the 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.
  3. Dental disease: 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%) and 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.
  4. Cancer: 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.
  5.  Herpes: Recent tests in Germany show that Neem is toxic to herpes simplex viruses. Neem exhibits antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties. The leaf and oil of this tree has been used for centuries in Southern Asia for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.

Have a look at oour 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 – 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

Neem Seed Oil Unleashed

Neem seed oil is one amazing oil that has the power and compounds to scrape all the problems from your skin…and in fact leaves the skin really clean and glowing owing to its antiseptic properties…

The Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica) is known the world over as the “tree of life.” Its medicinal and healing properties have long been revered and worshiped, while mention of its name and properties dates back thousands of years in ancient holy texts from the Indian Subcontinent. The medicinal and healing properties of the Neem Tree have garnered much recent scientific clinical investigation. So far, the clinical results seem to be promising.

From the leaves, seeds, flowers to the bark, all parts of the Neem Tree are used to treat a multitude of diseases and disorders. In fact, entire villages in rural India depend on the Neem Tree to maintain the health of the village inhabitants. Various components of the Neem Tree have been scientifically shown to possess antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Neem oil and neem powder are commonly used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
  • Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, neem is widely used to treat and manage skin conditions.
  • Neem is often applied to external wounds or cuts to promote healing and lower risk of infection.
  • Neem oil is often used to treat acne, skin rashes and burns.
  • Neem has long been used in the natural treatment of eczema. In fact, neem is said to actively reduce the itching and redness caused by eczema.
  • Neem is used to treat mild, moderate and even severe cases of acne. Neem has been shown to reduce the frequency of acne breakouts, and reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne.
  • Neem is added to a variety of cosmetic soaps and lotions to help treat dry skin and prevent wrinkles.
  • The twigs from the neem tree are commonly used as natural toothbrushes to clean the mouth and to promote oral health.
  • Mouth washes and neem based toothpastes are used to actively treat tooth decay, treat inflamed gums and help prevent cavities.
  • According to Ayurvedic teachings, neem actively stimulates and strengthens gum tissue and helps prevent gum disease and gingivitis.

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Go through our reference links…

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