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3 Good Reasons to Get to Know Neem

3 Good Reasons to Get to Know Neem

Neem is a shady tree native to India and Burma with spreading shade branches and honey-scented white flowers. Neem oil smells fresh, clean and light with a trace of sweetness–so fresh in fact that you imagine it as a wonderful air freshener even if, like me, you don’t as a rule use them. Learning that the seeds and leaves of neem are antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal, you can imagine an air freshener that really does something important and doesn’t just block your ability to smell, like most commercial air fresheners.

Neem is a plant revered and even worshipped in India, and Mahatma Gandhi felt it was the most nutritious plant ever studied. Neem has remarkable powers in many arenas, not the least being to control insects, which is how I have come across it most referred to in my research.

Here are at least three good reasons to get to know neem:

1. Neem is one of the most promising botanical pesticides. It is known to kill wool moths, prevent insect bites and infestations, and more. Try adding 1 teaspoon of pure neem oil to the detergent in a steam carpet cleaner to kill moth larvae.

2. Because neem kills bacteria, mold, and germs, you can make a homemade deodorizer using 1 teaspoon pure neem oil to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle to use in the bathroom and kitchen.

3. Infusions of seeds and leaves of neem are widely used for medicinal reasons in India, to treat everything from ringworm to in Ayurvedic medicine as a “cure all” for some childhood diseases. Many in India uses neem twigs for tooth and gum care. Used as a plant spirit medicine, neem flower essence is considered to help people become more intuitive and less judgemental.

Read more: Nature, Natural Pest Control

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:31PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Neem leaves boiled in water and the cooled water when churned with sour curd makes an excellent pesticide for agricutural spraying.

11:45AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Annie, you are one clever lady. thank you.

5:11AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

where we can buy this oil?

5:11AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

where we can buy this oil?

12:46AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Very interesting. Thanks Annie.

7:13PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Thanks for sharing. I knew about neem as insect repella

9:44AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

We use neem oil for organic pest control for our veggie garden, but it is so wonderful to know that you can use it for many other things.

9:53AM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

Where can I find pure Neem Oil?

3:48PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

While neem harbours all the positive attributes (and many,many more) mentioned in the article above, we should be very careful about becoming too enthusiastic about them and start planting these trees where they are a non-native species. Time and time over humans have introduced exotic species(whether it be animals or plants) into non-indigenous environments and many,many times over it has proven to be detrimental to the indigenous existing ecosystem. Let's learn from our mistakes and be extremely vigilant with experiments that introduces new species in an existing ecosystem. Show responsibility and thus respect for the balance of nature even if the advantages of a certain species seems to outweigh the possible disadvantages of introducing it.
BTW: I use neemseed oil for cleaning my chickencoop (amongst other alternative cleaning agents) to keep parasites at bay but the fresh smell it supposedly generates,as mentioned in the article, is something I've never noticed. I really think it smells disgusting, and always use teatree oil afterwards to mask the neem oil stench, I know my chooks appreciate that!

11:52AM PST on Feb 13, 2010

Great article thanks for the great information!

I will purchase the Neem oil for the benefits expressed in your article as well, I'll do my own research as to the other uses.

Thanks for the information, greatly appreciated!

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