The Many Wonders of Neem Tree
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The Many Wonders of Neem
The Neem Tree was first recognized for its healing properties by the inhabitants of India and Southeast Asia as early as 4000 B.C. This evergreen tree is still referred to as "the village pharmacy" in its native India, and is one of the most ancient, yet widely used botanicals in the world today.
It has long been revered by Indian healers as having miraculous healing powers. It still remains an essential ingredient in many Ayurvedic remedies.
Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India focuses on re-establishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise, and body cleansing, and of the health of the mind, body, and spirit. The first two books of Ayurveda, the Caraka Samhita and Susruta Samhita, include nearly a hundred references to this revered tree dating back more than 2000 years.
Neem: A Universal Remedy
Long before Indian healers had any idea of how the human body fought disease, they prescribed it for disorders as diverse as leprosy, gastro-intestinal problems, malaria, ringworms, diabetes, colic, anorexia, boils, epilepsy and ulcers and even hair loss.
Todays medical research shows this botanicals medicinal properties to include its ability to stimulate the immune system, improve liver function, detoxify the blood, help regulate blood sugar, and generally promote a healthy circulatory, respiratory and digestive system.
Neem tree leaves, bark, seeds, roots and fruit each have their own unique applications including general antiseptics, antimicrobials, treatments for urinary disorders, diarrhea, fever and bronchitis, skin diseases, skin conditioning, septic sores, infected burns, hypertension and inflammatory diseases. Extensive laboratory and university research continues regarding possible applications for disorders ranging from AIDS and cancer to diabetes and ulcers.
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More than a hundred terpenoids are known from different parts of the plant. Of its biological constituents, the most active and well studied compound is azadirachin. However, in most traditional preparations as a pesticide or medicine, a mixture of chemicals that occur naturally in the plant provide the active principles.
Several different kinds of azadirachitins (A to K) have been isolated, the most abundant of which is Azadirachtin-A.
At least nine limonoids are effective in inhibiting insect growth, especially some of the most deadly varieties found in human health and agriculture worldwide. Of these limonoids, azadirachitin has been found to be the main ingredient for fighting insects and pests, being up to 90% effective in most instances. It repels and disrupts the life cycle, however does not kill immediately, but is nonetheless one of the most effective growth and feeding deterrents ever examined. Neem oil as insecticide has important applications for Neem in agriculture.
What are the biggest neem benefits?
Well, to start with neem trees can cure any disease, halt the spreading of the desert, end poverty and stop global warming.
Think I'm kidding? I'm not. Ok, maybe simplifying and exaggerating a bit... But read on. The benefits of neem and neem oil are many and varied, and they are not all obvious.
Let's start with the obvious neem benefits:
Health Benefits Of Neem
But neem doesn't promote resistance in bacteria. Antibiotics are over-prescribed and are becoming blunt as a weapon in our fight against diseases. Neem is an interesting alternative, and one that will never stop working.
One of the top neem benefits is that it lets you avoid harsh chemicals and nasty insecticides when treating conditions like
Nobody wants to douse themselves in insecticides, or use corticosteroids forever... Neem can often do the same job, even better.
Used as hair oil neem promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness, prevents premature graying and may even help with some forms of hair loss.
Neem oil also makes a great nail oil. No more brittle nails and no more nail fungus.
The biggest benefit of neem oil and neem leaf is that they are good for your general health, the condition of your skin and body, and your immune system. So whether you use them to fight some skin condition, or just to prevent any skin related problems in the first place, you are doing yourself something good.
Benefits Of Taking Neem Leaf
Neem leaf is an essential ingredient in many Ayurvedic remedies. Indians have known for thousands of years that taking neem has many benefits. It stimulates the immune system, improves liver function, detoxifies the blood, generally promotes a healthy circulative, respiratory and digestive system. It is famous as a malaria treatment and for diabetes.
In the western world people mostly drink neem tea or take neem capsules to boost immune function and for the blood cleansing effect, especially people with skin problems.
More Medicinal Benefits Of Neem
Neem is just about anti-everything:
Yes, spermicidal. Neem also shows great promise as a natural means of birth control. Amazing, isn't it?
Oh, and oral care and periodontal disease is a big one, too. You can't beat neem when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums.
The range of diseases that has been traditionally treated with neem, or where research is being done, is huge:
AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, duodenal ulcers, kidney disorders, fungal infections, yeast infections, STDs, all kinds of skin disorders, periodontal disease, mononucleosis, blood disorders, heart diseases, nerve disorders, allergies... and the list goes on.
Benefits Of Neem For Animals
Neem is just as fantastic for the skin and hair of your pets as it is for yourself. Again, you avoid nasty chemicals and harmful medications. They only increase stress for the immune system rather than helping it, whereas neem benefits the immune system and overall health of your pet.
Neem Benefits For Gardeners And Farmers
You probably know that neem spray is a popular insect spray. One of the most valued benefits of neem spray in the garden is that it is totally non-toxic to us, to other mammals, to birds, bees and even beneficial insects. Spraying neem does not create a death zone around your vegetable patch or orchard, like other insecticides do.
These days you never know what kind of chemical cocktail you eat with your bought fruit and vegetables.
Neem protects your garden crops from chewing and sucking insects and from fungal diseases, and your health benefits as well.
Another neem benefit is that insects do not become resistant to it. Normal synthetic insecticides create resistant insects. So farmers need to spray more and more, and nastier and nastier chemicals to keep insects in check. When you use neem oil you don't have that problem.
Neem oil spray can also be used as a natural mosquito repellant. Neem keeps mosquitoes away AND it is good for your skin! On the other hand DEET, the active ingredient in chemical insect repellents, is highly toxic.
Benefits Of Neem Trees
And there are more neem benefits. Growing neem trees takes little water. Their deep tap roots break through hard clay pans and mine the subsoil for nutrients. The nutrients are returned to the surface as leaf litter, for other plants to use.
Neem trees are especially good at accumulating calcium. Growing neem trees can bring acidic soils back to neutral and so reclaim exploited soils.
Neem trees can grow in very marginal areas, and improve those soils over time.
Increasing use of neem in the western world, and increasing demand, would open up economic opportunities in third world countries. Those countries have the ideal climate for growing neem.
Neem grows quickly and makes goog firewood. Excessive firewood clearing is the main reason for the spread of the desert.
And we all know that trees are carbon sinks, and that we need to contain our carbon emissions if we want to slow global warming, and the more trees we plant the better...
There is a reason why one of the best known books about neem is called,
Tip lang po:
Ginagamit ko yung neem leaves as tea pero mapait po ito... =)
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