For thousands of years humans have sought to fortify their health and cure various ills with herbal remedies. The search for a true panacea or cure-all has been undertaken by virtually every civilization. While hundreds of substances have been tried and tested, few have withstood modern scientific scrutiny. Perhaps no other botanical better meets the true definition of a panacea than the neem, a tropical evergreen native to India and Myanamar (Burma).
From ancient to modern times, every part of this fascinating tree has been used to treat hundreds of different maladies. While it is still revered in India for its superior healing properties, the neem has been the subject of recent investigations which have dramatically increased world interest in it. This miraculous herb is used to manufacture many herbal products.
Of all the plants that have proven useful to humanity throughout the ages, few have offered as much value and versatility as the unique neem tree. With growing research supporting its healing and beneficial properties, the neem is finally getting the attention it deserves. This miraculous versatile medicinal herb is truly an ancient wisdom for our modern world.
My own personal experience with neem has been nothing short of a miracle. For over 40 years I suffered from severe psoriasis on my scalp and elbows. In early 1994 I started using herbal neem cream on my scalp, later switching to neem shampoo and neem oil on my elbows, thereby alleviating the problem. You will find more details in my book.
Neem has been part of the oldest most successful botanical medical system in the world, AYURVEDA from India with a history of over 5000 years. I believe that in the future, every person on the planet will benefit from this remarkable and incredible tree.
The medicinal attributes of the neem were extolled in the oldest Sanskrit writings. The neem has long been referred to as “The village pharmacy” and “sarva roga nivarini” or healer of all ailments. Other names it has been given include “the divine tree,” “the holy tree,” “the free tree of India,” “the life-giving tree,” “the noble tree,” and “nature’s drug store”. I am the only Canadian neem researcher since 1994 and decided in 2011 to write a manuscript about the incredible neem tree and developed a love and passion for it since I wanted to share with you my own personal experience and finally book was published in 2015 and is the only second neem consumer book published in North America. And is now available from amazon in paperback and as e-book (kindle) in 14 different countries, please check: www.neemresearch.ca/shop
I collaborated with two world-renowned scientists, entomologists, neem experts and researchers Dr. Ramesh C. Saxena, Chairman of the Neem Foundation and core-founding member of the new WNO – World Neem Organisation, Mumbai, India and Professor Dr. Heinrich Schmutterer, Institute of Phytopathology & Applied Zoology, Justus – Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, now retired. Dr. Saxena declared, in his words: “It is time that we turn towards Mother Nature and the neem tree that offers better plant health, human health, animal health and environmental health!” Dr. Schmutterer is called “The Father of the Modern Neem” and is author of the book THE NEEM TREE.
Every part of the tree is medicinal: bark, cake, flower, fruit, gum, honey, kernels, leaves, oil, pulp, resin, root, seeds, timber, and twigs.
The neem has proven beneficial for the following (only a few items are listed – you will find more details in the book):
Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, rosacea, ringworm, scabies, hives and shingles, dry skin, prevents sunburn and insect bites just to name a few.
Hair & nails, teeth and gums, herpes, head lice, boosts immune system, athlete’s foot, fungi, parasites, viruses and tummy troubles.
Household & garden: as a non-toxic pesticide spray.
Environment: deforestation, soil enhancer, prevents soil eroding, eliminates harmful insects, non-toxic to bees.
Further uses are controlling wind and water erosion, serving as a shade tree due to its large crown, as an ornamental plant, reducing dioxide, producing oxygen, controlling pollution, improving agriculture – forestry, non-toxic organic pesticide, fertilizer, medicine, personal care products, cosmetics, climate change, food for animals, and as a soil enhancer. The tree grows fast in up to 100 countries with tropical and sub-tropical climates, and can live up to 200 years!
There are more research and studies done on the neem tree than on any other tree on earth! No wonder that the United Nations declared the neem tree “The tree of the 21st Century!”