Why Neem Is Important
The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) has been recognized as possessing powerful health promoting properties for millennia. In fact, there is evidence that as long ago as 4,500 years, neem was already being used in healing. Its use originated in ancient India and neighboring countries, where it has long been revered as one of the most versatile plants known. Even today, the neem tree is esteemed as the “Village Dispensary” — every part of it known to possess unique therapeutic value.
In very general terms, neem is believed to have an affinity for the reproductive system, the GI tract, the urinary tract, the respiratory system, and the circulatory system. For thousands of years, various parts of the neem tree have been gathered for traditional health promoting as well as practical everyday uses. The leaves, fruits, bark, and seed oil offer a wealth of benefits to the skin, nails, scalp, teeth and gums. Neem oil softens, moisturizes and protects the skin and can also be used as a deodorant for malodorous sweat. Neem is highly effective in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums and supports overall oral hygiene; it is revered for the capacity to evoke natural color and vibrant health in both skin and hair; and it also encourages strong digestion and metabolism, healthy blood, and bolsters the immune system.