“The Village Pharmacy”
The Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) also known as the “Wonder Tree,” or in English as the “Margosa Tree” is a fast-growing evergreen with large leaves and olive-like fruit that is native to the Indian subcontinent. The Neem tree grows in other parts of the world including Nepal, Burma, Nigeria, Vietnam and other regions of east Asia and east Africa. Researchers have identified more than 150 active substances in Neem, making it the most studied tree in modern science.
Neem has been used in India since 2,000-4,000 B.C. and was referred to in the ancient Indian texts. In India, all parts of the Neem tree are utilized; the seeds (oil), bark, twigs, leaves, roots, flower and fruit. It has been so extensively used that it has been referred to as “Friend and Protector of the Indian Villager” and also “The Village Pharmacy.” I love that! Even today Neem is widely used by Ayurvedic practitioners. A large percentage of Ayurvedic remedies contain Neem.
A couple of years ago, while looking for help with my own health issues, I began reading about and researching the healing properties associated with Neem. I was fascinated by its medicinal history. I have come to find out that Neem is in a variety of distributed products, many which would surprise you.
Neem’s effective qualities run the gamut with a vast array of uses such as:
- Insect Repellent
- Skin care ingredient
Studies have shown Neem to have the following properties:
Neem is revered for these qualities. I was in awe to read that people will sprinkle fresh Neem leaf near the beds of patients with the flu. This is said to disinfect the room and prevent the spread of illness. This is one amazing tree.
I was drawn to Neem for a cure. It definitely wasn’t because of the smell. This yellowish-brown seed oil has a distinctive burnt garlic, peanut, day-old Chinese food type of odor. Some people do not care for the smell and that has deterred them from using it, but not me. I don’t care what I reek of. I have slathered it all over me and will continue to do so as long as it works.
Have you ever laid awake night after night because the itching is driving you crazy and you have literally scratched and dug at your skin until it bleeds?
Have you visited different doctors who have prescribed $100 tubes of cream one right after the other that do not provide relief?
Have you revisited the same physicians only for them to say there is nothing else they can do for you?
If so, you would probably do what I did. You would immediately start searching for alternative remedies. This is how Neem came into my life.
If you suffer from red, cracked, extremely itchy skin, you know this can become unbearable when it flares up, especially if you have been diagnosed with eczema. The tendency to scratch relentlessly can cause a secondary infection. Neem has the ability to reduce the inflammation and soothe the symptoms. It is effective in healing the dry, damaged skin because it is high in fatty acids and vitamin E. Neem fills in the cracks and creates a protective barrier. Its strong antiseptic properties help keep the bacteria and secondary infections at bay. Neem has proven to be beneficial for me.
I have a friend who has been dealing with severe psoriasis since birth. Her mother always promoted natural remedies. She has been exposed to and has knowledge of many topical treatments most people are unaware of. I told her about Neem. She had not heard of it. I actually ran into her at the health food store. She was purchasing her second bottle of Neem oil. My friend was pleased with the results and has passed along the information to others who suffer with psoriasis. Pay it forward, you go girl!
Research stated that Neem has also been used for:
- Eye disorders
- Bloody nose
- Intestinal worms
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Skin ulcers
- Skin diseases
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gum disease
- Urinary tract disorders
- Liver problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Athlete’s foot
- Head lice
- Birth control
The powers of Neem are endless. It has also been effective in deterring mosquitoes, fleas, flies, ticks and mites.
If you decide to purchase Neem seed oil, it is available at select health stores and online. There are also products that contain Neem that you might want to consider such as soap, toothpaste, creams and shampoo. I am particularly fond of Neem tea. It has become one of my favorites, although it is difficult to find.
This information is provided for awareness purposes only. Common sense should prevail when using Neem. Young children, pregnant and nursing women should avoid contact with Neem. If you are currently on medication, consult your physician about possible interactions before using Neem.