All parts of the Neem tree have medicinal value, bark, cake, extracts, flowers, fruits, kernels, leaves, oil, pulp, resins, root, seeds, timber and twigs.
Cake: After the kernels from the seeds have been pressed for oil, the resulting by-product is the name cake. Neem cake is used across the agriculture sector as an effective pesticide, fertilizer and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal organic alternative to antibiotics in livestock. It not only enriches the soil with organic matter but also lowers nitrogen losses by inhibiting nitrification and works also as nematicide.
Extracts: Are made either from the bark or the leaves and used in personal care products
Flowers: The flowers are the part of the tree with fewer uses, given the flowers sweet, honey-like scent. The flowers are used in aromatherapy for calming and restorative effect an in India in some areas Neem honey is also available.
Fruits: The flowers develop an olive shape fruit that contains the seeds and inside the seeds are the small kernels.
Leaves: Containing most active ingredients found in the seeds but in a much lower concentration, the leaves are considered the most versatile part of the tree. Used as a pesticide, fertilizer and animal feed, also used as extract and as tea taken internally to reduce fever caused by malaria and it is extremely better, also used to soak feet and for treating various foot fungi, works against termites. In Ayurveda, the oldest botanical medicinal system in the world from India, Neem leaves are used in treating neuromuscular pain and leaves are also used in storage for grains keeping harmful insects away. Leaves stimulate the immune system, improve liver function, detoxifies the blood, promotes a healthy circulative, respiratory and digestive system and treatment for diabetes. Effective in oral care and periodontal diseases. Other benefits are for yeast infection, heart diseases, nerve disorders, allergies, hepatitis, AIDA, kidney disorders, huge variety of skin diseases, duo-dental ulcers, malaria even cancer.
Oil: Extracted from the kernels inside the seeds where a single seed may contain up to 50% oil by weight, the oil is recognized and valued as a safe and effective bio-pesticide for organic farming. The oil has also been widely studied due to its medicinal properties and is also used in a variety of cosmetics products such as creams, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, it has a strong sulfur-turpentine scent. Has been used for thousands of years in pest control, cosmetics, medicines due to its insecticidal and medicinal properties. It is used as hair oil promoting shiny healthy hair and may even help hair loss, for nail fungus. improves general skin health especially dry skin, it soothes itchiness, redness and irritation and improves immunity and combating bacterial infections as in acne, boils and ulcers.
Roots: Has also medicinal properties and in powder form is used to control fleas and ticks on pets. Washing the dog with Neem soap and/or shampoo discourage biting insects, ringworm, manage mites and any skin disorders or fungal infections.
Timber: Derived from the mahagony family, Neem is an extremely durable wood ideal as construction material, for furniture and also as firewood
Twigs: Used widely in India for generations as toothe brooth and you probably noticed that most people from India have very healthy natural white teeth!
These are the words of Dr. Ramesh C. Saxena…..” Neem offers better plant health, human health, animal health, and environmental health!”
Neem is used as an organic and nutritional supplement effective against internal nematodes, Neem based organic pesticides are effective against 600 insect species, and as fertilizer it reduces the soil alkalinity and therefore ensures optimum fertility. Neem improves the nutritional value of soil while protecting plant roots form pests and diseases. Ideal for reforestation, prevents water and soil erosion, flood, act as ornamental tree, provides oxygen, clears the air from pollution, reduces dioxide, provides shade due to large crown, non-toxic to bees, works for most skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, scabies, dry skin, shingles, ringworm, warts, athlete’s foot, dandruff, head lice, bed bugs, parasites, viruses, digestion problems, blood detoxifier and purifier, constipation and more.
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Klaus Ferlow was appointed to representWorld Neem Organisation, Bombay (Mumbai), India to educate, market and promote the benefits and healing power of the miraculous versatile medicinal neem tree and create worldwide a NEEM WAVE under the banner ‘NEEM – THE EARTH’S SAVIOUR!”.
He was invited as a speaker to the 6th World Neem Conference in 2012 in Nagpur, India and to the 1st WNO- WORLD NEEM ORGANISATION Seminar/Conference “Neem – Eco Friendly Solution For Sustainable Development & 2nd Global Neem Trade Fair, in 2018 in Bangalore, India.
This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used in the diagnoses, cure, treatment or prevention of disease. Any attempt to diagnose or treat illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.