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

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

Benefits of Neem Oil

Neem Seed Oil- Boons
You know there are certain things on earth whose benefits are in a way nature’s bounty…reason why I am saying so is because Neem oil is one such nature’s bounty…with myriad benefits…
The greatest ones countable…on fingertips being..

It is a natural fertilizer
It is one medicine with hundreds of different uses
It is a natural insect repellent
It is a safe (and I mean SAFE) pesticide
It is a skin care ingredient
It is a contraceptive

Phew! Isn’t that amazing to know? C’mon…imagine for yourself…one little leaf…innumerable benefits…I am in awe of it..seriously..Okay…let me take your amazement factor a notch higher..
Not 10..not 50…but 75% ….yeah! 75% of Ayurvedic remedies possess neem in some form or the other! (Wow!) As far as the Indians are concerned…They call the tree sacred neem tree and ‘the village pharmacy, I mean they have this belief that neem is the cure for anything and everything…
Well…if you…by any chance…think that its benefits are confined to just human use..then ahem ahem! No…you’re wrong…it deals with many problems of animals and even of plants itself! Isn’t that unusually great? Yes it is.. No countable number of ways it is used…

No matter it’s fruits…or flowers…or bark…roots…..they ALL are
Anti-fungal
Anti inflammatory
Antibacterial
Antiviral and
It also acts as a contraceptive agent

It’s cost is like really…really low…and it is very very effective….
This tree that belongs to India has its root back then…. five-thousand-year-old seals which were dug out from the ‘Indus Valley Civilization”….And today the margosa (Neem) thought high of its ability to exorcise the demon…the disease rather than the spirit of any dead, and in some villages we can even come across the picture of some Goddess that people hang from the branches of neem tree…as they feel that she is the one who guards against diseases like chicken pox….

The tree is even renowned for its antiseptic property…the neem tree is thought to protect mainly women and children….Delivery chambers get rid of germs or bacteria by burning its bark…Neem seed oil has been chemically tested as an external contraceptive…used by women as a spermicide…
It is also extrememly useful in pyrexia, diabetes, urinary problems, filarial worms, respiratory disorders, dermatological disorders, gynecological disorders and for physical uses as for the eyes, piles and fistula, wounds, hair, dental hygiene and as fertility regulating thing and in addition to its uses in eye problems…

Skin and Hair Care
Its even a part of different cosmetic products for its healing characteristics….Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing in nature, the oil fights several conditions such as dandruff, acne, psoriasis and eczema…
Natural Pesticide
Its ingredient that that fights pesticides is  azadirachtin…. Though all parts of the neem tree contain the ingredient…the oil is its most concentrated source….Because of this very reason oil is used as a natural pesticide…

It’s flowers are used in maintaining body heat and managing cough….reason being that they are astringent, antihelminthic and non-toxic…

Have a look at these references Links..
1. The Village Pharmacy by Joseph selvester
2. Neem benefits by khanapakana.com

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

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

Bitter Better Neem

Neem essential oil is illustrious all over the world for its various medicinal and therapeutic properties and qualities. The first ones in the world to discover and bring this amazing herb to use were Indians. The oil is so full of uses and benefits for everyne sufferig from any kind of problem.

Neem tree fruit looks a bit like olives. It contains one seed, which in turn can have one or several kernels.

Oil is produced by crushing and pressing the kernels, and then purifying the extract.

Raw neem oil has a strong, pungent odour, often described as similar to sulphur and garlic. Yes, it definitely reeks.

It’s not enough to ask: “What is neem oil?” Before you buy or use neem oil you should also ask, “What kind of neem oil is this?”.

Just like there are differences in the quality of olive oil, there are also huge differences in the quality of neem seed oil. And just like with olive oil, cold pressed neem oil is good. Heat destroys the active ingredients.

For centuries millions of people have benefited from using various parts of the neem tree. Its recognized traditional uses are being confirmed by modern research findings. During the last 20 years more than 2000 research papers have been published on neem in journals, books and proceedings of international congresses.

Neem tree in totality has been a village dispensary and a qualified plant by itself. Every part of this plant finds use as medicine for

  • Itching
  • Skin disease
  • Leprosy
  • Blood disorders
  • Worms
  • Diabetes
  • Piles
  • Dysentery
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting
  • Wounds
  • Eye disease
  • Paraplegia
  • Female genital diseases
  • All kinds of fevers

More than 150 compounds have been so far isolated from neem. Out of these seed accord for 101 including 43 from the malodorous fraction, the leaves 37; and flowers, bark and root furnish the rest (Dhan Prakash et al, 1996).

How your neem oil has been purified is also important. There are different purification methods. Some can leave traces of organic solvents and petrochemicals. Those can cause allergies.

Other purification methods remove most of the insecticidal properties. It says neem oil on the bottle, but it is actually a neem oil extract.

Neem oil has many uses, and what neem oil is best for you depends on how you want to use it.

Okay now 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