The Neem tree is both a prehistoric servant to humanities health and a modern day saint. A historically recorded illustrious yet humble career as “Miracle Tree”, Neem has been treating various kinds of humankind disorders and disease, as well as providing value as a practical ingredient in much personal hygiene and household uses. Growing up to heights of 50 feet, the Neem tree is a purposeful creation by mother nature.
Containing over 100 bio-active compounds, the enchanting Neem tree has been treating humankind’s ailments with swift and masterful authority along with the expertise and effectiveness of a gifted healer.
Neem oil/extract has natural antibiotic and antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, capable of protecting our bodies against toxic and oxidative damage. Neem is also a powerful blood purifier, assisting our liver and kidneys in eliminating heavy metals. This takes the stress of the endocrine system, paving the way for greater pineal gland function. Neem extract/oil is a brilliant blood purifier and helps the body get rid of endocrine disrupters and metabolic waste. The multi-level purification and elimination properties of Neem greatly support our bodies through the pineal gland decalcification process.
Latin name – Azadirachta Indica
Persian derivative – Azad > free. Dirakht > tree. Indica > of Indian origin
Literal translation – Free tree of India
English name – Margosa
Common India reference – Tree of Life.
Common Africa reference – Green Gold
Common Senegal reference – Independence Tree
As one of the most broadly applied plants in Ayurvedic medicine, treating a range of health issues, the Neem tree has become an indispensable part of many holistic plant-based medical systems of the world. However, long before Ayurveda, there was another medical system which extends beyond recorded history making it a prehistoric medicinal system. Known as Siddha, it is one of the oldest medicinal systems known to exist in human history, dating back to approximately 10,000 BC and originating in Tamil Nadu, South India. The recorded history of this medicinal system shows consistent reliance on the Neem tree, in the formulation of treatments meant for physical, psychiatric and spiritual ailments.
The doctors of Siddha were known as Siddhars. Technically speaking Siddhars were multi-talented scientists of ancient days, specialising not only in medicine but also in the language of alchemy and mysticism/spirituality.
Siddhars approach to treatment was “person-centered”. The current medical paradigm of the 21st century is only now shifting incrementally to a more person-centered outlook on treatment options. Siddhars medical science of body and mind focused on forms of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual cohesion, using the alchemic power of plant medicine to create synergistic harmony among the psycho-physical unit that we are. The Siddhar scientists wrote their findings and remedies for medicinal, psychological and spiritual maladies, in the form of poems and on Palm leaves. These are known as the “Palm Leaf Scriptures”. The original manuscripts are currently owned by private collectors and families, mainly living in Tamil. Other Palm Scriptures are held for public inspection in museums. In these annals, the first medicinal plant mentioned in these texts is Neem.
The United Nations educational scientific and cultural organisation (UNESCO) has formally included Siddha’s medical manuscripts as part of their “memory of the world” archive. The memory of the world register/archive, is a collection of oral traditions, manuscripts, and documentation of universal value. The United Nations has also honorably named the Neem Tree, as “tree of the 21st Century”.
Neem is the tree of choice to grow in hospital grounds. The breeze blows through its leaves, purifying the local atmosphere and neutralising airborne bugs and germs.
With 80% of the world’s population heavily relying on traditional medicine, which means a reliance entirely on plants for medicine, plantations of the Neem Tree are of global importance in the bid to maintain health standards. Research scientists agree that Neem is a “wonder tree”. Effective as an insecticide, the US National Academy of Science declared: “Neem: A tree for solving global problems”. Luckily for Neem’s reputation, this was not an overstatement.
In the 1920’s, British archaeologists began excavating the sites of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, found Northwestern India and Western India respectively. Findings included forgotten cities which were so sophisticated in their design, they could rival any city in the industrialised and contemporary world. Among the archaeologist findings were human skulls which had been exposed to cranial surgery, along with clay pots containing the microscopic remnants of plant-based medicine. The most prominent medicinal plant they found in these clay pots was Neem. These findings point towards Neem being used extensively by highly developed ancient civilizations as part of advanced medical procedures. Every part of the name tree was/is used and documentation mentions the leaves, roots the bark, fruit of the tree and seeds oil and the associated healing properties of each part.
The highly esteemed Neem tree has been introduced by Indian immigrants to countries such as Africa, Australia, parts of South-East Asia and Brazil and, is now planted and grown globally in approximately 30 different countries.
One of the largest Neem plantations in the world resides in the arid land of Saudi Arabia. A diligent Saudi philanthropist of long ago decided to plant 50,000 Neem trees to create perfect shade and air purification for the Two Million Muslim pilgrims whom each year make the journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The Neem tree is immensely valuable as a product of medicinal and hygiene-related use. This omnipotent gift from Planet Earth’s nature has been an invaluable source of healing for millions of people worldwide. Here is a list of additional health benefits and uses:
1) Used in Treatment of a Variety of Ailments and Disease:
Neem can be applied topically or taken orally, depending on the formulation and intended use. Here is a non-definitive list of medicinal uses: Blood purification. Antiseptic. Disinfectant. Boils. Skin rashes. Malaria immunity. Diabetes. Scabies. Eczema. Leprosy. Chickenpox. Measles. Smallpox. Ulcers. Skin-sores. Fever. Treat loss of appetite. General debility. Calm nausea. Parasites. Central Nervous System disorders. Psychiatric disorders. Bile disorders.
2) Neem Home Remedies
Neem has a long tradition of practical use in self-care, used in homemade lotions, toothpaste, skincare and haircare products. Self-care uses; Toothpaste. Shampoo. Personal hygiene. Soap. Antiseptic. Toothpaste. Shampoo. Personal hygiene. Soap. Antiseptic.
3) The Scientifically Verified Health Declarations of Neem
Up to date scientific research has classified Neem as an antibacterial and antiviral agent, potent immune booster, highly effective anti-inflammatory, a longevity promoting antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic /anti-cancer, remarkable saviour of skin health, anti-venom (from snake bites) alleviator of digestive disorders and effective at killing parasites, Neem compounds are now used in large-scale manufacturing, from medicines to skincare, gastrointestinal, dental and hair care products.
5) Blood Purifier
A one-stop pharmacy shop that is able to systematically and effectively utilise its compound prowess to flush toxins from the body. Capable of stimulating the kidneys and liver and supporting the filtering processes of these Organs, Neem assists in the elimination of toxins and metabolic waste from our blood and brain, taking stress off the endocrine system and restoring homeostasis.
6) Skin Saviour and Acne treatment
Neem in the form of oil, powdered paste, extract or crushed leaves among other parts f the tree, contain antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds that are so powerful, they have been used to treat a number of mild to very serious skin conditions. Neem is one of the most extensively used and scientifically verified forms of skin treatment. It can also be useful in the treatment of acne, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory elements. Neem also contains essential fatty acids relevant to skin health and, a high concentration of vitamin E which supports overall skin health, reduces the risk of skin wrinkling, improves skin elasticity and reduces the development of skin and age spots. Neem can also minimise the look of scarring and in general is a beautifying tonic that keeps your face looking fresh, clean, moisturised and youthful.
7) Prevents chronic disease
Due to the high levels of antioxidants which successfully destroy pathogens and free-radicals, Neem has been historically used to treat and reduce the chance of developing certain types of cancers and metabolic disease. Many plant compounds are the basis for new pharmacological ideas. These are called “lead compounds”, as they provide a lead or clue as to how a medicine can be developed. Neem has also been used to stave off heart disease by keeping the cardiovascular system clean.
8) Arthritis Treatment and Prevention
Neem protects the joints, reduces inflammation and alleviates pain due to significant anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds have been used as a paste, applied topically to treat joint swelling and arthritic symptoms and muscular pain and discomfort. Oil of Neem has been used both topically and orally to induce anti-inflammatory effects. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Neem. Long-term use of Neem on muscles has also been shown to increase flexibility.
9) Dental Protection
Ancient civilizations relied on the twigs of the Neem tree to clean their teeth, using the twigs as a type of toothbrush. Neem twigs contain antiplaque and antigingivitis compounds, making them nature’s perfect toothbrush, so much so, that commercial manufacturers of herbal non-fluoridated toothpaste contain the active ingredient of Neem extract, which has also been proven to inhibit the growth of dental cavities.