Neem tree -Azadirachta Indica - is an evergreen, native to
South India, that grows up to 60 ft high. It is found in the tropical
dry deciduous/evergreen and thorny forests and drier parts of Uttar
Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh,
Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. It has been planted and naturalized
throughout Africa and grows in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan,
Japan and tropical regions of Australia and America. Ancient Indian
texts refer to Neem as Sarva Roga Nivarini, "the curer of all ailments."
are used as tooth brushes and ward against gum disease.
Neem oil, which is extracted from the seed kernel is excellent for its healing properties and is used in creams, lotions and soaps. It is also used in agriculture. In recent years the growth hormone regulating and anti-feedant properties of Neem oil have prompted a considerable amount of research. The United States Department of Agriculture has been studying Neem since 1972.
The residue is Neem cake which is used in agriculture as a soil amendment, protecting the roots and enhancing plant growth.
There are some excellent resources for information on the various uses of neem. Some sites & papers the Neem Resource would like to recommend are:
Also, please feel free to contact the Neem Resource for more information by e-mail
or by phone - 952-943-9449
or 1-877-USE-NEEM (1-877-873-6336)