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Health Benefits and Uses of Neem, Neem Oil and Neem Leaves

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

History & General Information About Neem

Latin Name : Azadirachta indica

Neem tree is also called as Margosa tree or Indian lilac.

In East Africa, it is called Muarubiani, which 'means tree of the 40' since it is said to treat 40 diseases.
In India, it is called the 'Sacred tree' and 'the village pharmacy' amongst other names.

Neem is an evergreen tree, native to India and Pakistan. It grows in tropical and semi tropical regions. The tree reaches a height of 50 to 70 feet. The flowers are small and white with a sweet smell while the fruit is yellow to greenish yellow in colour and elliptical to almost round in shape having a single seed.

The tree lives for over 200 years.

Neem is being used extensively in traditional Indian medicine and Ayurveda since almost 5000 years. Reference to the healing qualities and uses of Neem are found in ancient Unani texts and ancient Sanskrit Puranas, some of which have been written as far back as the 4th A.D.

Uses Of Neem

All parts of the Neem tree right from the fruit to the roots is used in one or many ways.

Neem Leaves

They are widely used in Ayurveda. The leaf extract is used in toothpastes, skin products and mouthwashes. It is also used in making creams for local application. The leaves are also used in making Neem tea and in capsule form. The leaves are also used to extract Neem juice.

Neem Seeds

Neem oil is extracted from the seeds.

Neem Twigs and Stubs

Small and slender twigs of neem are used as a brush to clean teeth.

Neem Bark

The bark is mainly used in making dental products or extracts are being used in making medicines.

Neem Wood

The wood is used as a readily available firewood since Neem grows fast, needs little water and can grow in poor soils with very little care.

Neem Cake

It is made by processing the fruits and kernels. It is a by product of Neem oil production. It is used as a fertiliser, controls insects and improves the soil quality.

Active Principles In Neem

Although studies by Indian scientists, on the principles in Neem, started in 1919, extensive research on Neem started in 1942 and continued in later years. The following are the major compounds that exhibit the various healing and other properties attributed to Neem.

In Leaves

The neem leaves contain Quercetin which is a flavonoid, Beta-sitosterol, a steroid and various liminoids like nimbin and its derivatives.

Quercetin is an anti bacterial and anti fungal.

Liminoids have been found to affect the the fertility in studies on houseflies, leading to cessation of their reproductive capacity. In studies on mosquitoes, liminoids have shown mutagenic properties.

In Seeds

The seeds are high in lipids and many bitter compounds like azadirachtin, nimbin, salannol etc. Azadirachtin is an effective insecticide against about 200 species of insects.m

In Seed Cake

The seed cake is a good source of organic manure and contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Neem Tree Worship In India

Nutrients In Neem Leaf

The main nutrients are:

  • Protein..............................7.1%
  • Carbohydrates..................22.9%
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin C
  • Carotene
  • Number of amino acids
  • Several fatty acids

Benefits Of The Neem Tree

Neem tree is an important source of medicine, livestock fodder and food. A special type of food for diabetics is prepared from the gum obtained from the bark of the Neem tree.

Neem tree has medicinal, cosmetic, pesticidial, environmental, culinary uses and the young neem trees act as livestock fodder.

It also provides food and shelter to wild birds.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is extracted from seeds of the neem tree. It is a light yellow to dark brown coloured oil with a pungent smell.

Neem oil is almost always used in ayurvedic oils which are used to treat pain and inflammation.

The oil contains :

  • Azadirachtin, a phyto chemical which acts as a insecticide and pest controller.
  • Many plant steroids like beta sitosterol, campesterol and stigma sterol which have anti inflammatory & other properties.
  • fatty acids like oleic acid or omega 9, palmitic acid and stearioc acid in good amounts & trace levels of omega 3, omega 6 and palmitoleic acid, which heal dry and damaged skin.
  • some Gedunin derivatives that are liminoids & proto liminoids which have anti cancer properties.

Uses Of Neem Oil

Neem oil is used to treat many ailments like cough, fever, malaria, wounds, skin diseases like acne, inflammations & bacterial infections, arthritis, joint pains & swelling.

Neem oil is also used as an insecticide & insect repellent, is a fungicide and treats fungal infections.

Some soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions, hair oils contain neem oil.

Health Benefits Of Neem

Neem benefits in some health conditions mentioned below:

Health Benefits of Neem - Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Herbal Uses of Neem

In Ringworm, Blood Pressure & Scabies

  • Taking 25 ml of neem juice in the morning is beneficial.
  • In ringworm take 12 ml of neem juice.

For Disorders Of The Blood

Neem juice purifies the blood. Chew 10 fresh leaves of neem daily in the morning for 15 days. It relieves boils, pimples and itching.

As Toothpaste

  • Dry neem twigs along with leaves in the shade. Then burn them and save the ash. This ground ash can be used for brushing the teeth. Peppermint, salt & cloves can be added for taste & flavour. Brushing teeth with this powder relieves pyorrhoea and strengthens teeth.
  • Boil some neem baby leaves in water & gargle with this water to relieving painful teeth.

In Chicken Pox

Boil neem leaves & eat. Also make the patient lie down on neem leaves. Change the leaves 3 times a day.
Give the patient drinking water in which juice of neem leaves has been added. All this removes the internal body heat and the pox lesions.

For Chicken Pox Marks

Grind neem leaves and apply on the face before going to bed at night. Wash it off with cold water next morning. Do it for 50 days to remove pox marks.

In Boils

If the boils are in the 1st stage, grind neem leaves with water and apply on the boils. If the boil is not suppressed and contihues to grow then grind the leaves with honey and apply. This helps the boil to ripen and break open.
After the boil opens up, grind neem leaves and warm them with a little ghee. Apply this to help heal the wound faster. also, boil neem leaves in water and wash the wound with this water.

In Alopecia-Bald Spots On The head

Apply neem oil on the bald spots. It helps to grow new hair.

In Head Lice & Itching

Apply neem oil or water in which neem berry has been ground.

In Leucoderma

Take neem leaves, flowers and fruit in equal quantity. Dry all of them and grind. Take 1 tsp of this powder with water once a day.

In Hairfall

If hairfall has just begun take neem leaves & leaves of the Jujube plant or Indian plum. Boil them in water. Wash hair with this water. It stops hairfall, keeps hair black, makes hair long and kills head lice.

For Head Lice

  • Grind neem leaves and boil in water. wash hair with this water to kill lice.
  • Grind the neem berry and apply on the head. It kills lice.

Caution
Take care to see that the neem water does not enter the eyes.

In Vomiting

Grind 25 gms neem leaves and add 125 ml water to this. mix and strain. Drink this. It stops vomiting.

In Cholera

Grind 20 neem leaves. Add 1 cup of water, mix and drink.

In Chronic Diarrhoea

  • Take 1 gm neem seeds. Add a little sugar and grind. Swallow with water and eat only rice.
  • In summer diarrhoea, take 10 neem leaves and 25 gms mishri (candy sugar). Grind, add water and drink.

In Malaria

Take 60 gms fresh green neem leaves and 4 black peppercorns. Grind both. Add 125 ml water, mix well and strain before drinking.

In Chronic Fever

Take 21 neem leaves and 21 black peppercorns. Tie in a muslin cloth and boil in 500 ml water. When 125 ml water remains, remove from heat & cool it. Take in the morning and evening.

In Renal Stone

Swallow 1 tsp ash of neem leaves with cold water 3 times a day daily. It breaks & removes stone in a few days.

How to make ash of neem leaves

Dry neem leaves in the shade. Burn the leaves in a container. When burnt cover the container with a lid for 4 hours. Afterwards remove and grind the burnt leaves. This is neem ash.

For Loss Of Eyelash Hairs

If eyelashes are prone to hair loss - Grind fresh neem leaves and squeeze out the juice. Apply the leaves on the eyelashes. It stops hair loss.

In Blood Disorders & Tridoshas (Vaat, Pitt, Kapha)

Take 30 gms baby leaves. Grind and add water. Drink daily

Ointment For Boils

Grind 175 gms neem leaves. Put half the leaves in a copper vessel. Add mustard oil and heat the oil. When the oil starts to smoke add the remaining ground leaves to this. When the leaves turn black remove the oil from fire and cool it. Strain the oil. Add camphor and some petroleum jelly to it. The ointment can be applied on boils, ringworm, pimples and wounds for relief.

For Wounds

Grind neem leaves. Squeeze out the juice. Dip a cotton swab in this juice. Put it in ghee and warm it. Bandage it on the wound. This heals wounds fast, even chronic wounds that have failed to heal otherwise.

In Ringworm And Scabies

Grind 50 gms neem leaves. Mix some curd in it. Apply for relief.

In Skin Diseases

Boil neem leaves in water.

  • Take bath with this water daily.
  • Put 20 neem leaves in 100 ml of water. Boil and strain. Cool. Take daily on empty stomach for 3 weeks.

In Constipation

Dry some neem flowers. Grind them. Take a pinch of this daily at night with hot water.

To Dry Up Breast Milk
(This is necessary in case of the death of the newborn)

  • Grind neem leaves and apply on the breasts.
  • Grind the neem seed of a fresh neem fruit. Apply on the breast.

In Gout Swelling

  • Massage with neem oil.
  • Boil neem leaves in water. Foment the swelling with the emanating steam and tie the warm leaves on the swelling after fomentation.

In Elephantiasis

Take 10 neem leaves and 10 tulsi leaves. Eat daily. With regular use the legs and feet return to normal.

In Ear Pain & Wounds In The Ear

Boil neem leaves in water. Turn the head to direct the steam towards the affected ear. It helps.

In Leprosy

Mix neem oil and Chalmoogra oil (Hydnocarpus wightiana seed oil) in equal quantities and keep applying.

Read more about Hydnocarpus wightiana here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydnocarpus_wightiana

In Indigestion

Take 25 neem leaves, 3 cloves & 3 black peppercorns. Grind them. Add little water and sugar. Mix and drink twice a day for 3 days.

In Painful Periods

Take 6 gms juice of neem leaves and 12 gms ginger juice mixed with as much water and drink. It stops pain immediately.

In Piles

Take 10 seeds of the neem fruit and a little rock salt. Add some jaggery, sugar or candy sugar to this. Take with cold water morning and evening. Relief starts from the 4th or 5th day. Take for at least 7 days.

In Poisonous Bites & Snake Bite

Chew neem leaves. If they taste bitter then it must be understood that the poison is not present in the body. If the leaves taste sweet the poison is present in the body.
One can chew neem leaves with salt and some black peppercorns too.

Worms In Children

Give 10 gms juice of neem leaves, honey and 5 gms asafoetida powder to remove worms.

Reference : From the book "Bhojan Ke Dwara Chikitsa" by Dr Ganesh Narayan Chauhan

Neem Friend Of Life

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

Neem - The Divine Tree

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 25, 2020:

Thank you so much for appreciating the article, Doctor N K. It means a lot.

Doctor N K on September 21, 2020:

Wow, this is a nice blog I really enjoyed your blog apparent throughout. I can sense that you did wonderful research before publishing this blog. And especially the way you point out and described every bit of that area, is very remarkable. To aware people and bring the best practices of neem within the industry. I also wrote a similar article Why People Need to Discover Neem, especially during COVID.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 03, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Barb.

Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on September 02, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this very informative article. It's helpful to learn of the many uses of Neem leaves. I only knew of a few. This would be a plant worth cultivating and keeping on hand if you can find seeds. I haven't been able to find any Neem tree seeds locally but will keep looking. Am aware that some individuals and farms have success growing them in the U.S. in Texas, Florida and other warm locations.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 21, 2020:

Thank you, Hari om ji.

HARI OM AGRAWAL from India on August 21, 2020:

Thanka for the information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 21, 2020:

Hari om ji thanks for appreciating the article's information as well as sharing your acne removal recipe. Just for information, Hubpages does not appreciate links in the comments.

You can, however, publish an article and place referencing links in it.

Hope you like it on hubpages. Welcome here.

HARI OM AGRAWAL from India on August 19, 2020:

A very useful article. It appears the writer has researched it very well. In one of the comment treatment for acne, form neem has been asked. A face mask for acne and pimple removal is given here:

Add 1-2 tsp salt and few drops of lavender oil to the paste of handful Neem leaves and mix well.

Apply on affected areas and rinse with lukewarm water after half an hour.

There are also other home remedies for curing acne without the use of any chemical and side effects.

I am new for this website so I do not know it functions properly. I am not placing any links or remedies for other issues here.

Hene on September 04, 2015:

Will neem powder cure or help tinnitus ( ringing in ears) if how much a day with food or without food?.

paras on April 03, 2015:

Sir my bp is 140/95 n my age is 25 .can i manage my bp by neem??

bhagi on November 15, 2014:

hello,

what about burning neem lea turmeric sticks, ood or sambrani for purifying air

RanvirGill on November 11, 2014:

Hello Rajan, my daughter aged 10 years, has severe eczema on her face and neck area. My wife visited a ayurveda practioner and he gave her some neem juice to drink. Is it safe to give my daughter neem juice. I have read in some articles on the internet this should be avoided. Your advice will be appreciated

suvas on August 27, 2014:

How to use neem leaves for bathing

reshmi mukherjee on August 18, 2014:

i have severe acne.how long should i take neem leaves?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 03, 2014:

No need to chew the seeds ej. Do as suggested in here for tooth problems.

ej on June 29, 2014:

nice write up. i have a toothache and have access to fresh seeds. can i chew them up?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 14, 2014:

Vandana, You can take 1 tsp of neem powder daily and also apply a paste made of fresh neem leaves with little water on the spots.

It might take time so you will have to be patient.

vandna8383 on May 13, 2014:

Sir can you pls. Help me i found 3-4 white spots on my body i am so worried about that i am only 30 year old pls tell me that meen water is useful for white spots or not i am taking 2 glass of neem water daily since last weak

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 19, 2014:

That's good to hear rajitha

rajitha on April 19, 2014:

I'm having chicken pox now ..& hence started using neem paste mixed with turmeric on my face & body...really it is wonderful

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 25, 2013:

Thanks for reading, Puja.

Puja on June 25, 2013:

Thanks for good advice

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 26, 2013:

Kevin, I'm glad you've decided to plant a neem tree. Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

Kevin Peter from Global Citizen on April 26, 2013:

It was really great to know from your hub that neem leaves can remove Chicken Pox Marks. The hub is very informative and you have explained in detail each and every use of neem tree. I have decided to purchase a neem plant, knowing its unending uses. Thanks a lot.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 25, 2013:

josephat, it can help. I have a hub on reducing fat and weight loss. You can read it to see more natural options that are available. Thanks for reading.

josephat on March 25, 2013:

Sir can neem help in weight loss

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2013:

Herbal remedies are for treatment so they be stopped when one gets well. Thanks for reading.

Donna on March 22, 2013:

is internal consumption of neem juice harmful in long term??

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 05, 2013:

Devika, glad you liked this info. Thanks.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 05, 2013:

Most interesting about this tree and you have said it all. I found this hub to useful and voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 18, 2013:

@ princess teemah - neem can cure acne and many other skin diseases. For black spots and other marks please read my article "Natural home remedies for acne,acne scars,face and skin blemishes". Thanks for reading.

@ natasha - Neem can help in weight loss and stretch marks removal. Not sure about breast growth. Thanks for reading.

natasha on January 18, 2013:

can neem leaves help for weight loss , stretch marks removal and breast growth

princess teemah on January 13, 2013:

Wonderful!im a nigerian nd neem is a tree widely grown everywhere i stay, i use to hear about d medicinal importance bt i don't know its dis rich,i have d tree in front of my house nd i enjoy d shed.pls can it cure my acne?i hav very stubborn black spots dat can't just go nd it makes me look so ugly,

Paul on December 04, 2012:

in case the information is too extensie for the hub, this in my wifes mail

corderorosana@gmail.com thanks.

Paul on December 04, 2012:

You are welcome !

In my city Punto Fijo, Falcon State, Venezuela in South America Neem trees are all over the place.

In order to inform the people the benefits of the plant as noted in your site, and i others as neem foundation, can you please explain to us this basic information so we can maximice the use of the fresh leaves, which are available to all and use the information provided.

In Venezuela we do not have a tea tradition we have a coffee tradition so doubts arises when we are going to use the leaves, so we appreciate if we can understand if it is the same to use fresh leaves or dried leaves:

In Tips on using neem, is not clear for us when neem leaves are mentioned if this is referring to dried leaves or fresh leaves ( except when fresh or dried is indicated or use as chewing.) ?

Neem tea, must be prepared with dried leaves ?

How many leaves per cup of water ?

Can neem tea be prepared with fresh leaves?

how many leaves per cup of water ? Is recommended tear apart the leaves (by hand) ?

In the above cases how many leaves for a strong tee?

If the leaves have been dried and handling has made them like little pieces , can this be used for tea ? how many tea spoons per cup.

Shall this leaves be made podwer, then what would be the measure to make tea?

We appreciate your attention and hope this helps others that can have the same doubts

Regards Paul

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 04, 2012:

Thanks for your input and comments Paul. The needful has been done.

Paul on December 04, 2012:

Hi !

Please check the recommendation to use neem oil internally in children, I read it can be dangerous for children under certain age. This is my small contribution to this useful information. I have been testing neem for a few weeks with great results ! Thanks

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 02, 2012:

Hi Blond Logic,

It is good to know you have neem trees in your garden. Neem is a very useful plant and now that you know the many uses it could be put to, you can use it whenever the need arises.

Thanks for visiting and glad you liked the info.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on September 30, 2012:

Hello Rajan,

I live in Northern Brazil and we have neem trees in our garden. We have planted them for a few different reason. One they are drought tolerant and also for prevention of mosquitoes. They are grown here a lot in city centers for shade and to keep mosquitoes at bay. In this state, we don't have Malaria but we do have dengue fever.

You listed many uses I didn't know. Very interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 13, 2012:

Joy, as I mention here consult an ayurvedic doctor. I believe neem juice should be good for you.

Thanks for reading.

Joy on September 13, 2012:

I have ringworm all over my body and I want to try ur product what will u recommend for me to use

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 31, 2012:

Thanks Amit. I hope you use neem more often even using its thin twigs as a toothbrush will relieve all dental issues.

Amit on August 31, 2012:

Rajan, This is a Very informative article that you have shared. Thanks for sharing the article. I have a neem tree in the backyard of my house.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 29, 2012:

Thanks for your feedback, DMV. Much appreciated.

DMVmimay on August 29, 2012:

we have that on our backyard and we use to stroke it, make a blustering smoke to lay mosquito off in our house :) hehehe..

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 10, 2012:

frogyfish thanks for these wonderful comments. I'm glad you liked the hub and videos.

Neem is wonderfully useful, no doubt.

Thanks for stopping by.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on August 10, 2012:

Very informative and interesting hub here, and that second video was especially enlightening. It was great to read that 'lying on the neem leaves' would actually help the pox, fever, illness, etc. Yes...it's medicine is absorbed through the skin, just as modern 'patches' work. Wow!

I have used neem oil...and pungent almost describes it. Shall I be thoroughly honest and say that it smells and tastes like badly burnt onions and celery. Yuk! But it works fantastically on healing several ways! Thank you for this intriguing and useful information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 03, 2012:

Hi Jamila, you can purchase neem trees at this link online

http://neemtreefarms.com/living-plants-c-124.html

Thanks for the read and appreciation.

jamila sahar on August 03, 2012:

fantastic hub, beautiful pictures! where can i get a neem plant ?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2012:

Hi Shalini. I appreciate all the comments and the read as well. Thank you very much.

shalini sharan from Delhi on July 26, 2012:

really precise and informative hub, we have been taught the uses of neem since ages but nothing was s accurate as this, voted up

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 23, 2012:

Hi Rustedwho. Great to know you are a plant lover too. I'm glad you liked the information. Thank you very much.

Rustedwho from Central Pennsylvania on July 23, 2012:

Great hub, very informative and interesting. I also love writing about plants and this one really made me stop and read for once! Thank you for posting!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Hi Peter, thanks for stopping by. Your comments are much appreciated. Have a good day.

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on July 09, 2012:

Dear Rajan Jolly

Thanks for info - very useful and well researched

Kind regards Peter

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2012:

healthylife2, fresh leaves can be got where neem grows. If you manage to get the they can be added to any drink whatsoever. The only thing is is they are quite bitter. So you might have to add some sweetener too to offset that and what could be better than honey.

You could also use neem capsules available at Indian Ayurmedic medicine stores.

Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2012:

Kris, yes most of the knowledge about neem relates to its pesticidal property when in fact it's full with a wealth of health giving benefits. Glad you dropped by. Thanks for reading and sharing the hub. Good to see you again.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2012:

cloverleaffarm, I'm glad you found this informative and the videos useful as well. Appreciate your feedback and comments. Thanks for being here.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2012:

unknown spy, thanks for sparing the time to read and comment. Much appreciated.

healthylife2 on July 08, 2012:

Thank you for the useful information. I noticed you said there are anti cancer properties. Can the leaves be added to a green smoothie? Where do you find the leaves?

Kris Heeter from Indiana on July 08, 2012:

Wow, I was amazed to learn there were so many uses for neem. Up until now, I had only heard of it as being used here in the U.S. as an organic pesticide.

You've done a fantastic job of presenting a well rounded history and modern day account of how it can be used. I'm looking forward to sharing this with others!

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on July 08, 2012:

Great hub! I enjoyed reading all the benefits of neem. I sell neem, and have heard of the neem oil, but it is not an herb that I am really familiar with, and will now have to find out more. I didn't realize it had so many benefits. Thanks for sharing all the great information. Loved the videos! Be well.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 08, 2012:

amazing..that's a lot of benefits we can get from Neem Tree. So interesting tree.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2012:

davenmidtown, its feels great when someone ratifies one's work with some personal experience. Home remedies with natural medicine have stood the test of time and is the reason why they are still around.

Many thanks for giving this hub a read. Thanks also for such uplifting comments.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on July 07, 2012:

rajan jolly: I found this article to be absolutely outstanding. I have used Neem oil in my garden with great results. It is a great organic topical and insecticide. This article is not only full of VERY useful information is it very well written. This article has a place in the world as more and more people turn from western medicine to home remedies. I very much enjoyed the practical approach and the information that is conveyed. Well done!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 27, 2012:

Mehul, some people do eat neem leaves. However, I would suggest you consult your doctor before you do so and only go ahead when he says its okay.

Thanks for reading.

mehul on June 27, 2012:

Can we eat neem leaves directly to cure skin pores and marks?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 16, 2012:

Thanks Vegas. Appreciate it very much.

Vegas Elias from Mumbai on June 16, 2012:

I knew neem is good but this information is very very precise and useful. I have voted you up for this.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 15, 2012:

I'm glad you have a neem tree close at hand and some of this information you could certainly put to use. Thanks for reading and appreciating the effort.

Namaste.

God is dead on June 15, 2012:

WOW, I've neem tree at my home but never realized it's this helpful. I shall bring it in my use. Thanks to you and your very insightful blog. Thumbs bro and Namasteh .

Cheers (:

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2012:

Thanks Naimishikha. I'm glad to know you experienced the benefits of neem first hand. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

Venugopaal from India on June 10, 2012:

You did very well. I am personally experienced the benefit of neem leaves, when I was sick of chicken pox.Thanks for sharing it.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Agatha, yes it will. You could take neem in capsule form internally and apply neem oil on the joints externally.

However do consult your doctor regarding starting this.

Thanks for reading.

Agatha on June 05, 2012:

I have severe back and joint pains, will neem help me

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Cyndi, I'm glad you found what you wanted to.

Thanks for stopping by and for the birthday wishes.

You have a good day too.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 29, 2012:

What an informative hub! I'd been wanting to learn more about neem because of a facial cream that I have that has it. I'm so glad I found this. Happy Birthday, too! :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 25, 2012:

Rose, I wish you all the best in your effort towards recovery. Neem is so full of health giving properties. I'm sure with regular you will recover fully.

Thanks for reading and leaving your feedback.

rose on May 25, 2012:

recently heard about neem and started using the neem leaf (tea). Bitter but will continue as I'm looking forward to a speedy recovery from a serious walking problem.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 16, 2012:

Thanks anusujith.

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on May 16, 2012:

useful hub.voted up

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

nkereuwem, you could try taking dried neem leaf powder 1/4 tsp with 2-3 black peppers twice a day for your problem.

Thanks for reading.

nkereuwem on May 12, 2012:

I have known neem all my life, we even plant it at my family house. please i needed t know could it help with chronic constipation and gas.

northlandws from Fargo, North Dakota on April 09, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this info.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Naveen, it will help. You can also apply neem oil once at night.

Thanks for reading.

Naveen on April 08, 2012:

Sir, i hav severe acne on my face....am started eating neem leaves....wil it reduce pimples?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 31, 2012:

Amit, thanks for this useful information. Thanks for reading and giving this feedback.

Amit Loh on March 31, 2012:

Thanks for this informative article.

I started using it for hair care and its amazing

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 12, 2012:

leenard, thanks for your query. when neem leaves are completely dry they will just form ash when fully burnt. The method is explained fully in the hub.Hope this answers your query.

leenard on March 11, 2012:

can you please tell me the exact preparation of making ash of neem leaves. which one i will drink for renal stone the grey ash itself or together with the black particle (burntleaves)? please reply. thank you

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 11, 2012:

alocsin, Neem is a very important medicinal tree. Though it might not be culivated in USA, Neem products are available worldwide and one can benefit from them. Ayurveda especially, uses neem in a variety of their products.

Thanks for the comments and vote.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 11, 2012:

I don't think we have this in the U.S., which is too bad because it sounds useful. Voting this Up and Useful.

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on January 14, 2012:

Of course Rajan, thank you very much.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2012:

Pamela99, I am glad this hub was informational to you.

Thanks for visiting and your inputs.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2012:

Yaduvanshi, thanks for the read.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2012:

J.S.Matthew, neem grows in tropical and semi tropical climes. So, I guess it might not be seen in North America. Thanks for the vote and the likes.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2012:

@ WD Curry, thanks for stopping by and leaving your input. The neem salve would probably be the thing you are looking for. But I suggest you take a medical opinion on this first.

Thanks for being here.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2012:

Jcielo, thanks for the read and the appreciation. Coming from you, a writer on health, means a lot. Thanks again.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2012:

@ awordlover, thanks for being here and all the good words. I'm glad you found this hub informative.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 13, 2012:

The tree is beautiful and it is new to me. Thank you for an interesting hub.

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