The Many Names for the Neem Tree
The medicinal properties of the Neem tree have been well known in India for over 4,000 years. The healing properties of Neem are spoken about in some of the world’s oldest books. The Sanskrit word for Neem was “Nimba,” which means “Good Health.” The Vedas called Neem “Sarva Roga Nivarini,” which means “One that Cures all Ailments and Ills”.
It has also been referenced as “Divine Tree”, Life Giving Tree,” “Nature’s Drugstore,” and “Village Pharmacy.”
Neem in the Villages of India
A botanical cousin of the mahogany tree, Neem is a hardy evergreen and a common feature of the drier regions of India and southeast Asia. It needs very little water but plenty of sunlight. The Neem flowers bare fruits that are green drupes, which turn golden yellow when ripe.
Through history, the Neem tree had many fascinating aspects for the people of India. The Neem tree was a symbol of health. In the sun and heat this evergreen tree was a haven with its cooling shade. It also provided safety from bugs and biting insects because of its natural repellant action. And millions of Indian people have used all parts of this sacred tree as medicinals – the seeds, leaves, flowers, fruits, oil, roots, and bark.
The Neem tree was planted in the vicinity of every home where people interacted with this extraordinary tree on a daily basis.
Neem As a Beauty Treatment
For women in India and Southeast Asia, the Neem tree was the mainstay of herbal beauty tradition. Neem proved an invaluable source of health, hygiene, and beauty that was freely available.
Having a bath with Neem leaves kept their skin supple and healthy. Neem leaf powder or crushed leaves incorporated into their face packs provided emollient and anti-aging action. The antiseptic properties of Neem leaf extracts helped in controlling pimples and acne.
As a Fertilizer and for Livestock
For the men, the tree provided seeds, leaf and bark which could be converted into fertilizer and pest control material. It also provided medicinal potions for their cattle and livestock.
Neem For Home Remedies
The Neem Tree was also a source of medicine to treat more than a hundred health problems, from scratches and skin rashes to malaria and diabetes. The Neem tree was known to relieve so many different pains, fevers, infections and other complaints that it is still called “the Village Pharmacy.”
Neem was used in ancient Indian cures to treat inflammation, infections, skin diseases, and for dental care. Neem leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, bark and fruits contain antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antihistamine, and antiseptic properties.
Many countries have been sourced for their own unique elixir of ills – Aloe Vera from Mexico, Tea Tree from Australia, Ginseng from Korea and Ginkgo Biloba from China. According to the Neem Foundation, Neem is likely to exceed them all.
Neem from Africa
JustNeem Skin Care products use a unique blend of the healing properties of Neem and selected herbal and natural ingredients to restore healthy skin to those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, acne or dry skin.
Neem was brought into Africa during Colonization. Indians planted trees wherever they settled and today, we reap the benefit of their diligence.
JustNeem sources Neem raw material from Mauritania, West Africa. Mauritania is located within the belt of the Sahara Desert where living conditions for humans, animals, and plants are very harsh. The Neem tree, though, thrives in this arid, dry climate.
After laboratory testing, we found that Neem from Mauritania has much higher active ingredients than Neem from other parts of the world. We are proud that all our Neem products contain these highly active ingredients for the betterment of our customers’ skin.
Our team regularly travels to Mauritania where we have established a Neem Orchard and grow our own desert, high quality, natural Neem as we support local Neem farmers and their families.
Read more about our Mission and what we do in Mauritania, West Africa.