'Freedom Tree of India' ... 'Plant with a Promise'... 'Reliever of Sickness' ... 'Queen of the Skin' ... 'One capable of curing every illness & sickness' ...are just some of the titles awarded this illustrious Medicine Tree. In India it is commonly called the 'Village Pharmacy' or 'Village Dispensary', for every part of this Magical Medicine Tree is known to possess unique therapeutic values and grows in most Indian villages.
'Declared the 'Tree of the 21st century' by the United Nations, the US National Academy of Science published a report in 1992 entitled 'Neem: A Tree for solving Global problems' (article here), partly because of it's easy availability to areas where over-population is a concern and Neem offers a free, or relatively cheap, approach to contraception- see 'Birth Control' (below). 'Friend & Protector of the Indian Village' - Neem is traditionally used in Ayurvedic remedies as an antiseptic to fight viruses and bacteria, it is also used and recommended for urinary disorders, diarrhoea, skin disease, burn & inflammation.
THE LONG & TRULY FASCINATING HISTORY OF NEEM...
* Neem is deeply imbued with Spiritual Meaning Indian mythology has several stories that relate how Neem became a 'Sacred' tree, blessed with the ability to heal all diseases. The most common story tells the time Indra, the Celestial King, was returning from Heaven with a golden pot filled with Ambrosia he had taken from the demons. Some of the precious Ambrosia spilled from the pot and landed on the Neem trees, thereby making the Neem trees blessed with miraculous, healing , curative properties for all eternity.
* The System of 'Siddha' Medicine, originating in the south of India, was extremely popular in ancient India. The word 'Siddha' came from the word 'Siddhi' - which means 'the perfection of heavenly bliss'. Siddhars were a Divine Fusion of Saints, Doctors, Alchemists and Mystics ... The first medicinal plant mentioned in the Siddha medical system is Neem.
* In 1922, British archaeologists began to excavate the sites of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, in Northwestern & Western India, and they were amazed to discover the remains of two long-forgotten cities of the 5 000 year-old Indus Valley civilization. These cities were so advanced that they could practically compete with cities today in areas of architecture, engineering and construction. The streets were designed in a grid system that was well planned and organized. There was an underground sewer system with stone manhole covers for access. A sophisticated water supply and drainage system with waterproof brickwork ran throughout the city. The houses were spacious in the upper class sections containing modern amenities like lavatory facilities.
They also found skulls upon which cranial surgery had been performed, and clay pots, which contained medicinal herbs. One of the most prominent medicinal herbs they found was A. indica, which is also known as Neem. It shows the first evidence of an advanced medical system that includes both surgery and phyto-pharmacology in one of the world's most ancient and developed civilizations.
* For centuries the Indian people have highly revered the Neem and it's miraculous powers - cleaning teeth with Neem twigs, smearing skin disorders with Neem leaf juice, drinking Neem tea as a tonic, and placing Neem leaves in beds, books, grains bins, cupboards, and closets to keep away troublesome bugs.
NEEM IN A MODERN WORLD
* At the beginning of this century, the Neem tree was still highly esteemed by Indian emigrants who took it along to the places where they settled. Thus, the neem tree was introduced in places such as Australia, East and sub-Sahelian Africa, South East Asia, and South America. Today, the Neem is well established in at least 30 countries worldwide, in Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Some small scale plantations are also reportedly successful in Europe and United States of America. It is estimated that there are around 18 millions Neem trees in India.
* Africa considers Neem as a 'green-gold'. In Senegal, Neem tree is known as the 'Independence Tree'. Earlier this century, people somehow managed to introduce this Indian tree to West Africa, where it has since grown well. They probably expected Neem to be useful only as a source of shade and medicine, especially for malaria. Yet in Ghana, it has become the leading producer of firewood for the densely populated Accra Plains, and from Somalia to Mauritania, it is a leading candidate for helping halt the southward spread of the Sahara Desert.
* The world's largest Neem plantations are 10 sq km in the plains of Arafat, Saudi Arabia. A Saudi philanthropist planted 50 000 Neem trees to shade and comforts the two million pilgrims.
* In the last decade, Neem has been introduced into the Caribbean, where it is being used to help reforest several nations. Neem is already a major tree species in Haiti
* In the last few years the rest of the world has started to show interest and recognise Neem's versatility and potential. Scientific research reports from Universities ranging from Bangalore, India to Baltimore, United States of America have explored Neem's ability to help prevent and treat an astonishing number of health disorders, including many that are not successfully addressed by modern conventional pharmaceuticals. There are over 2000 clinical trials and study conducted in many countries and the Neem tree is the most researched tree of any tree world wide.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE 'DIVINE AMBROSIA' OF NEEM
The entire Neem tree has medicinal value and all parts of the tree can be used, such as the bark, seeds, fruit, flowers, gum, leaves, twigs, cake, root, resin, timber, honey, tea and pulp, containing pharmaceutical constituents that offer some impressive therapeutic qualities, including:
Anti-Anxiety: capable of preventing depression
Anti-Arthritic: effective in treatment of arthritis
Anti-Bacterial: able to destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria
Anti-Emetic: An 'anti-emetic' is a medicine that is effective against vomiting and nausea. Typically used to treat motion sickness and the side-effects of opiod analgesics, general anesthetics and chemotherapy - directed against cancer.
Anti-Fungal: able to destroy fungi
Anti-Gastric: able to prevent or destroy ulcers
Anti-Inflammatory: able to reduce inflammation
Anti-Microbial: able to inhibit or destroy the growth of disease causing organism
Anti-Pyretic: able to lower body temperature or prevent and/or alleviate fever
Anti-Thelmintic: capable of expelling or destroying parasites
Anti-Tumor: able to reduce the risk of tumor growth
Analgesic: able to relieve pain
Alterative: able to cure or restore health
Immune system: stimulation and booster
Neem stimulates the production of T-cells to mount a head-on attack against infections. Unlike synthetic antibiotics, Neem does not destroy beneficial bacteria and other micro-organism needed to maintain optimum health. Medical experts believe that the overuse of chemical antibiotics contributes to the breakdown of the function of the human immune system. Neem offers a non-toxic alternative to powerful and sometimes damaging prescription medicines.
Numerous active compounds have been isolated from the Neem plant. Some of the most studied include:
Nimbin: anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-histamine, anti-fungal
Nimbidin: anti-bacterial, anti-ulcer, analgesic, anti-arrhythmic, anti-fugal
Ninbidol: anti-tubercular, anti-protozoal, anti-pyretic
Gedunin: vasodilator, anti-malaria, anti-fungal
Sodium nimbinate: diuretic, spermicide, anti-arthritic
Salannin: insect repellent
Azadirchtin: gives Neem its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties ... insect repellent, anti-feedant, anti-hormonal
Neem leaves contain fiber, carbohydrates, and at least ten amino acid proteins. They also contain calcium and other nourishing minerals. Analysis also reveals the presence of carotenoids, nutritive compounds being hailed for their ability to ward of many types of cancer. From this esteemed tree comes the 'famed' Neem Oil - a vegetable oil extracted from the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree which is especially high in important fatty acids, and contains many vital nutrients in significant quantities. Researcher believe the high fatty-acid content of the oil may be why Neem is so effective for treating skin ailments, absorbs quickly into the skin, and has very powerful skin-rejuvenating qualities. Thick red or green oil in colour, depending on the method of processing used, Neem oil is very bitter in taste - mainly due to the triglycerides and triterpenoid compounds.
THE AHHH-MAZING BENEFITS OF NEEM FOR SKIN CARE
Neem often reportedly has a truly magical effect on chronic skin conditions that fail to respond with classical treatments - acne, eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, hives, herpes, ringworm, shingles, rosacea and apparently even warts!!! ... It also fights fungal infections like ringworms, nail fungus and althletes foot .. Neem contains extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants that help to protect the skin from environmental damage. Neem also contains carotenoids (similar to carotene) which provide high antioxidant compounds that help defend the skin against age-promoting free radicals.
Here is a list of just some of it's extensive benefits for skin;
HIGHLY PRIZED IN THE TREATMENT OF ACNE
Neem is often a secret weapon for acne-prone skin ... Although the western world usually associates the usage of 'Neem' with 'Neem oil', in actuality Neem Leaf, Leaf-extracts and Neem Powder have ALL proved successful in treatment. Research has shown Neem contains an aspirin-like compound, similar to 'salicyclic acid' which effectively controls the harmful bacteria that causes the infection, while also reducing the inflammation that causes the redness, swelling and tenderness.The high fatty-acid content of Neem oil is non-comedogenic and prevents and treats acne scars.
Neem Leaf can be taken internally as a tea, or in powdered form as a capsule. The capsules can also be opened-up and added to water to make a tea. I will be including Organic Neem Leaf capsules into our inventory VERY soon, as well as showing U how to make some some truly divine and actively therapeutic 'DIY face-masks' - easily replicating and surpassing the expensive 'store-bought' Thermal Charcoal Masks.... Ours are made with Organic Neem Leaf and Activated Charcoal as well as other easily accessible ingredients.
***BINNAH-NOTE*** - This is a benefit that I can personally attest to!!! ... The MIRACLE of Neem and Neem Oil is that within three weeks of usage it has completely 'normalised' the bacteria on the skin. This bacterial imbalance is what causes acne and psoriasis, so whilst the 'Good Oils' in this Salve are deeply nourishing the skin they are also neutralising the bacteria that results in acne and skin imbalance...... Before researching this article I had no idea of the reported benefits for acne and pimples but, purely through trialing my new salve , which is especially potent with Neem oil,I can personally testify to a remarkable improvement in areas of skin which have been clogged and scar-ravaged for many years... People are scared of 'oil' and greasiness for acne but Neem Oil is a classic example of how the right oils can nourish and normalise all skins, especially in oily, congested and acne-prone skin. We also have a Colloidal-Aloe Gel coming soon to Tickety-Boo which is a perfect companion to clear up acne extra-fast.
SOOTHING RELIEF FOR ECZEMA & PSORIASIS
Neem Oil generally enhances skin health and immunity and is a brilliant emollient so it soothes and softens any dry,cracked skin whilst moisturising, protecting and healing lesions. The steroid-like ingredients soothe redness and irritation without the nasty side-effects. Being strongly anti-bacterial Neem oil cleans up any skin infections that may have developed because of cracked broken skin and also prevents future skin infections that may aggravate symptoms. As a bonus, it prevents insect bites which can trigger symptoms.
The Nimbidin and Nimbin are two anti-inflammatory compounds that are found in the Neem Oil which helps to relieve swelling and redness. A third is Quercetin, which is well known as a compound that supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation by inhibiting both the manufacture and release of histamine and other irritants.
Neem Leaf ,revered for its antibacterial and antiviral properties both supports and stimulates the immune system Scientific research reports that psoriasis patients taking Neem leaf (available soon here at Tickety-Boo in capsule form) orally, combined with a topical Neem oil treatment (like our own 'Soothing Psoriasis-Salve' -here) were equally, and usually MORE, effective than coal tar and cortisone treatment.
Known as the 'ultimate' pigmentation killer, Neem Oil slows down the production of melanin in the skin, hampering excessive formation. Melanin is the agent which gives colour to skin and which, when secreted in higher amounts, leads to pigmentation
BEAUTIFYING & ANTI-AGING
Neem Oil is especially high in important fatty acids and vitamin E and is easily absorbed into the skin WITHOUT leaving skin greasy. Once absorbed, these powerful properties work to rejuvenate the skin’s cells and restore elasticity.When used regularly, this blend of compounds, makes Neem perfect for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines while helping to prevent the signs of aging. The saturation of antioxidants and vitamin E will help restore a youthful glow to dry or damaged skin and balance skin tone.
***BINNAH NOTE*** I have spent literally months perfecting this 'Tickety-Boo Soothing-Psoriasis Salve' formulation. Whilst formulated especially for eczema and psoriasis-prone skin, it is also extremely effective with treating acne as well as healing sun and chemical-ravaged skin. This salve is packed full of skin-beautifying and anti-aging herbs and especially potent due to it containing 5-10% Organic Sustainable Neem Oil as well as Hemp Oil, Blackseed Oil, Shea Butter, Cacao among many many other Divinely Organic and Heavenly Herbal Constitutes.
Indian scientists have demonstrated that Neem oil is a potential new contraceptive for women. It kills spermatozoa within 30 seconds and has proved effective both in laboratory trials and in practice—where an intra-vaginal dose of 1ml of Neem oil was used. Histopathology failed to reveal any side effects.
As a follow-up to these experiments, the Indian army provided Neem oil to 20 soldiers and their families as a birth-control measure. This trial was considered so successful that the Colonel in charge of the program was honored by the Prime Minister. A Neem-oil formulation called "Sensal" is now sold in India for contraceptive purposes.
Neem-leaf extracts have also shown promise as male birth-control products because they reduce fertility in a variety of male mammals. Reportedly, there was no impotence or loss of libido... Research has shown that Neem oil acts as a powerful spermicide. This finding is preliminary and may eventually prove of little consequence, OR it may also prove of paramount importance. Perhaps 80% of the expected population explosion, which may double the number of people on earth in the next 40 years, will occur in countries where Neem can be grown. An inexpensive birth-control method that can be produced in the backyards of even the remotest and poorest villages could be a vital resource.
In case of women, take some neem oil and apply it in the vagina. Massage gently and do it at least once every day. You can also add few drops of Neem oil to a cup of water and then soak a cotton ball in it. Then apply it in the vagina and massage well. In a recent study Neem Oil was 100% effective at preventing pregnancy when either used as a VAGINAL LUBRICANT or injected into the fallopian tube... When you think of all the harmful side-effects of pharmaceutical contraception the concept of something this natural and safe being equally as effective is truly mind-boggling, promising and very exciting indeed!
Men can take Neem leaf in the form of tablets or take some Neem leaves, crush them to fine powder and then take 1-2 teaspoons along with a glass of water every day. Alternatively you can purchase some Organic Neem Capsules from us here at Tickety-Boo Herbal within the next day or two.
NEEM IN DENTAL CARE
Millions of people in both India and Africa use 'twigs', often called 'miswak', as toothbrushes, and many choose the Neem twig as this 'toothbrush'. Dentists and researchers have endorsed this usage, finding Neem twigs contain antiseptic ingredients and are able to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Neem bark is an active ingredient in toothpastes and other oral hygiene preparations and I will definitely be looking into it's applications for my own future formulations of Tickety-Boo Toothpastes and Tooth-powder
Scientifically tested for its ability to reduce high blood pressure, blod clots, heart irregularities and high cholesterol levels. The anti-histamine effect of Nimbidin found in Neem leaves cause blood vessels to dilate and may be why Neem helps reduce elevated blood pressure. A recent study showed that Neem lowered high cholesterol levels when Neem Leaf extract, tincture, or capsules were taken for a month.
With an estimated 1-3 million people dying every year from this mosquito-born disease, and with 70% of those deaths from children under 5 years of age, it is exciting news that scientists are finding an active ingredient in Neem leaves, called Irodin A, which has proven toxic to resistant strains of Malarial patients for centuries, reported as far back as 2000BC by Charaka, and 1500 B.C. by Sushruta. Even outside India-in Nigeria and Haiti for example- Neem leaf teas are used to treat malaria.
NOT JUST A VERY PRETTY FLOWER...
Many are aware of the health benefits of the the Neem tree, but a very few of us know about the therapeutic benefits of Neem flower
1. Treats Digestive Disorders
Intake of dried Neem flowers treats digestive disorders like phlegm, excessive bile and intestinal worms. You can store the dried Neem flowers for months.
2. Improves Eyesight
Neem flowers also help improve eyesight. Dry the Neem flowers and then fry it. Now ingest the fried Neem flowers to get best results.
3. Treats Skin Problems
Since ancient times, Neem is being used to treat various types of skin disorders. Make a paste of Neem flower and apply it on the affected skin. Neem flowers are often mixed with other parts of the Neem tree and used in the treatment of leprosy, blood-related problems, itching and other skin issues.
Oil extracted from Neem flowers is used in aromatherapy due to its calming and restorative effect on the body. Today Neem flower oil and extract are the important ingredients in various creams, massage oils and astringent.
5. Helps In Digestion
Fresh, dried or powdered Neem flowers are often used in Indian cooking to improve digestive health. You can boil, roast or fry the Neem flower. You can use it in sauces and rice dishes. Honey extracted from Neem flowers is also used in cooking. In India, some popular dishes, such as 'Ugadhi Pachhadi’ - Neem flower rice, 'Vepampoo Rasam' - lentil spice mixes, and many other recipes use Neem flower as an important ingredient.
6. Can Be Used As A Contraceptive
Neem flower extract is relatively cheap and one of the most effective contraceptives of plant origin. It is non-toxic, non-hormonal and non-invasive in nature and has a long lasting effect. This alcoholic extract disrupts the estrous cycle and partially blocks the ovulation process. Thus, it has the potential of being developed as a female contraceptive.
7. Treats Diabetics
Neem flower is an essential ingredient in the preparation of special foods for diabetics.
8. Benefits Of Neem Honey
There are several varieties of honey and Neem honey is one of them. This bitter tasting honey is the nectar of Neem flowers. It is used in Ayurveda due to its medicinal properties. It effectively lowers the blood pressure level. It also treats diabetes, skin problems, infected throat, dental diseases and allergies.
9. Treats Wounds And Rashes
Topical application of organic Neem honey can heal wounds and rashes. Its ingestion also treats infections and other health issues. It possesses powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
10. Other Health Benefits
Neem flower oil makes your hair healthy, detoxifies the blood, improves liver health and balances the blood sugar level in the body.
There is a lack of enough scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of Neem flowers, but since it has got no side effects, you can use them topically or try out their recipes.
If you have a Neem tree nearby, you can collect Neem flowers by spreading a clean cloth underneath the tree. These flowers can be dried and stored for future use. Nowadays, dried Neem flowers are available commercially in packets.
Here is a link to some delicious recipes that incorporate the Divine Neem Flower as an ingredient, please share in the 'comment box' below, any more recipes or usages that you know of .... http://www.seduceyourtastebuds.com/2011/08/dried-neem-flowers-vepampoo-bevina.html
WARNING : Pregnant ladies should avoid the intake of neem flowers as they exhibit contraceptive effects.
Why were attempts made by large pharmaceutical companies to restrict its use? Governments and corporations were restricting use of Neem, so people all over the world successfully fought back.
THE PROBLEMS WITH PLANTATION NEEM- Neem's ability to hold water may cause damage to the water table, The collection of nutrients on top soil may cause salination of the soil. The neem trees do not have optimal conditions to mature properly and do not generate the same variety of active components. The land is owned by corporations, who do not pay workers a fair wage.
THE CHALLENGE NOW FOR NEEM- is against monoculture plantation projects that are funded by corporations. Neem has an invaluable role in the biodiversity of our Ecosphere. To grow it in isolation does not benefit other plants or the Neem Trees.. We must cultivate healthy Wild Neem Trees which live with other wildlife and help to support it. Large Corporate Neem Plantations damage land and produce inferior trees, while paying workers slave wages.
THANK U FOR SHARING THIS JOURNEY WITH ME!!! ... and I, Binnah, truly mean that so VERY SINCERELY!!! ... When I started exploring this wondrous plant of omnipotent healing virtue, I was really just researching it's use in Psoriasis. I had bought a bottle from the dog-groomer, who had advised its usage for EVERYTHING that ails dogs externally, and I had started spraying it around my citrus-plants to save them from a local indigenous 'aphex' plague, gagging at the pungeant 'Hippy' smell ... Who knew it could clear up lingering adult acne, whist healing old scars??? ... Who knew Neem could actually SAVE THE PLANET from a population over-explosion, whilst cannily being indigenous to countries whose population growth is most prevalent??? ... I secretly suspect that the Aboriginals have been accessing this plant's medicines for centuries, Please Stay-tuned-SUBSCRIBE - for future instalments of the 'Binnah-Blog' - ... BIG LOVE, Binnah XOX
UPDATE: THE CURRENT BATCH OF GOLDEN SALVATION HAS MASSES OF NEEM AND IT'S INCREDIBLY POTENT AND POWERFUL HEALING FORMULA. I THINK IT'S THE BEST YET!!!. IN CURING. THE ESSENTIAL OILS ROSE UP AND COVERED THE PUNGENT SMELL, SO IT SMELLS UTTERLY DIVINE, LIKE FLOWERS. I ONLY HAVE A COUPLE LEFT SO GRAB YOURS TODAY!!! THEY NOT IN SHOP, SO YOU WILL NEED EMAIL OR FB MESSAGE ME
PLEASE NOTE: SOOTHING PSORIASIS SALVE IS NOW RENAMED 'GOLDEN SALVATION'
"When health is absent Wisdom cannot reveal itself, Art cannot become manifest, Strength cannot be exerted, Wealth is useless and Reason is powerless."~Herophilies, 300 B.C.