Neem Tree-Azadirachtin(Leaves, Tea,Oil, Spray) Uses & Benefits

Neem- Tree, Seed, Leaves, Oil Extracts
    Many people know the neem for its use on pets but hardly know it can also be used for our body care. Neem is a biological agent for pest control and defense, but also because of its disinfectant effect, it can be used for healing minor wounds.

    Neem is an all-rounder in terms of its effects against bacteria and viruses and is therefore so popular with pet owners. However, it is forgotten that people can also use it for many ailments.

Origin of the Neemoil
    The neem is extracted from the extracts of the Neembaum flowers, also commonly known as Indian lilac. This evergreen tree is your close relative of mahogany trees and grows mainly in Bangladesh and the East Indies but it is also cultivated in Africa, Australia or America as a ornamental plant and crop plant.

   The unpretentious tree hardly requires any care and can withstand great heat as well as dryness. Therefore, in the level of Arafat in Mecca, 50,000 Neem tree were planted to provide shadows for the pilgrims in order to make a part of the pilgrimage to Mecca.

    The Neem tree has pretty white and small tufted blossoms that are reminiscent of Jasmin's smell. From this flower, the edible green fruit is developed from it while its growth in Africa serves the purpose of eating the fruits and the people of India already know for a very long time how helpful the Neem tree can be useful in numerous ailments.

    In records that go back as far as year 500 B.C., Neem is used in various treatments and is therefore an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. In particular, the neem uses against pests. However, the Neem tree is also the focus of the Hindus and their customs and rites. To dispel evil, they bathe in leaves sud or chew or burn the leaves.

    The manifold treatment possibility is due to the fact that the different parts of the neem tree are processed into different products and can also be helpful in numerous complaints. It is not only a matter of whether roots, blossoms, fruits or leaves are used to produce the product, It also depends on the time of year, the place and the production process, for which the product is made to counter the ailments.

Extraction of Neem Oil
    The Neem fruit is usually harvested between January to April, when the Neem tree flower bloom. In the process, the fruits that have already fallen on the soil are collected, pulp and kernel are separated in order to break down the nucleus. In order to process the cores, there are different possibilities. The cheapest and easiest way, but also the most time-consuming method, is to soak the grounded cores in water until extracts are produced.

    A quicker option is the chemical method. Here, the neem is dissolved with hexane (saturated hydrocarbon) from the cores and subsequently, the hexane is removed by solvent. However, the best variant is still when the cores are cold-pressed as this creates an outstanding neem with all its ingredients. The so-made neem smells extremely bitter and has a yellow color.

Ingredients of Neem
    With Neem, there are at least 34 ingredients in it. In particular, these substances are among the most important ingredients of the oil: Azadirachtin belongs to the group Terpenes and is a substance that prevents the larvae growth of numerous insects.

  • Salaninne
  • Nimbin (a bitter substance)
  • 6-Desacetylnimbin
  • Nim-76
  • Quercetin is a flavonoid

    Especially in combination, these ingredients act against numerous parasites and pests. For this reason, the neem extracts was also used as an insecticide. Of course, everyone will now ask themselves whether this is really suitable for humans and animals, which is also perfectly understandable. But neem is relatively harmless for mammals and, of course, people can really benefit from this natural healing agent.

Neem applications
    Neem can be used for many ailments just as I've said earlier. So it is not only a great way for pets to fight parasites, it can also be used in eczema, skin inflammation or even headaches and hemorrhoids. Other areas of application include:

  • Bladder inflammation
  • High blood pressure
  • Bronchitis and coughs
  • Intestinal inflammation or diarrhea
  • Foot
  • Itching
  • Lice
  • Scabies
  • Liver weakness
  • Hives
  • Rheumatism
  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Warts
  • Wounds
  • Toothache

    However, the applications should only be carried out externally, since the Neem tree seeds as well as the neem are far too strong for an internal application. Only the leaves of the neem can also be applied internally.

How the Neem is dosed in care products
    If you want to do good for your skin and hair, you can simply mix a few drops of neem oil into the shower gel or shampoo. It is enough to give one to two drops of oil per hair wash in the shampoo. The same applies to shower gels. However, the quantity can be adjusted individually and you should not overdo it either.

    As a bath additive, neem oil can also be used to maintain your skin and hair. For this, just a few drops of neem oil can be given in the bathhub. However, the oil should be used sparingly here too. Bath additive and shower gel are excellent for combating itchy skin or skin with a slight fungal infestation. Even with rheumatic ailments, a neem bath can relieve you from its symptoms.

    The valuable oil can also serve as an additive in creams or ointments but due to the mucosal effect, this cream may not be used for the face or you should avoid the eyes. If you want to treat small wounds with Neem tree oil, you can either use the ointments or apply the neem directly to your skin. For larger areas, it's advisable to mix the Neem tree oil with a high-quality vegetable oil, such as almond or olive oil.

The Neem effect
    Neem is especially known for pest control in your garden or farm. It can be applied on the plants and free them from pests. This effect is due to the azadirachtin that's contained in the Neem tree oil. It is similar to a hormone of pests and scientists discovered that, parasites that come into contact with Neem become weakened.

    Thus, it can also be used excellently in dust mites because the extracts of the Neem tree oil not only alter the feeding and reproductive behaviour of the mites, they also have a inhibiting effect on growth. However, when buying Neem products, you should always pay attention to the composition. It is especially important that the quality and the concentration of the Neem oil are correct.

    Of course, the environment is an important aspect of this because neem only acts toxic to pests but is completely harmless to humans and pets, which has been proven in many studies. Since many of the scientific studies have been carried out more than 20 years ago, long-term consequences are therefore also excluded.

    Neem is therefore an absolutely good alternative for people with dry skin, since the natural is not only regenerated, but also the lost beauty of the skin is restored. Likewise, neem oil can have positive and healing effects on eczema, wounds or other skin problems.

    However, Neem can also be used for animals and prevents the infestation of lice and fleas, especially in the spring, when used regularly. Furthermore, the Neem tree oil can bring the skin back to normal and strengthen the fur of the animal. However, the pet should be slowly accustomed to the oil since its smell is very addictive and not every pet feels it pleasant.

Dosage of Neem and other Neem products
    In particular for respiratory diseases such as cough or bronchitis, Neem can be very helpful with its health benefits. To provide relief, just a few drops of neem oil are dripped into hot water and inhaled. Seeds can also be boiled and inhaled to alleviate the discomfort.

    Furthermore, the leaves have an excellent effect on blood pressure, intestinal disease as well as bladder inflammation. The leaves can be applied both internally and externally. In order to provide remedy to the above complaints, the leaves are chewed in other cultures or a tea or broth is prepared.

    Supposedly, the leaves of the Neem tree also have a contraceptive effect but this is not scientifically proven. To do this, cream is enriched with neem and used on  the vagina before sexual intercourse. The neem is supposed to kill sperm. Tinctures can also be used for the skin, but please be careful because the tinctures from the seeds can dry your skin.

    However, it is ideal as an emergency aid, for example, to use such tincture as insect repellent. For example, to successfully use Neem on mites, the pet can be washed with a neem shampoo. However, due to the strong fragrance of the neemoil, it is possible to mix the shampoo with a few drops of a well-smelling oil. One, the pet owner will be happy about the good smell and, on the other, there is less problems with the pet.

    But a Neem tree sud can also provide a remedy for a mite infestation. It not only scares the mites but also relieves the itching. It also prevents a recurrence of mite infestation. To free plants from pests, a cold extract from the seeds is perfect. For this purpose, shredded seeds are simply set up overnight with lots of water. The following day, the plants can be sprayed with broth.

Side Effects of Neem
    At a reasonable dosage, no side effects of neem have been detected. However, Neem is toxic and should therefore only be used in small doses. In particular, you should exercise caution with usage on cats here. This is because even the smallest quantities can have a toxic effect. This is because cats lack an enzyme that assists with the metabolism of essential oils.

Neem Products
    There are now numerous Neem products which are mostly available in drugstores as well as in online shops. However, these usually contain a small proportion of neem, such as toothpaste, shampoo or shower gel. There are also sprays with neem, body or bath additives.

    The leaves of neem can be used in preparing broth, which is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and can even reduce fever. However, it should be used while cooking, preparing tea or chewing the leaves, as is the case of the Indians. In case of excessive consumption, the leaves have a toxic effect. For this reason, it is also forbidden in Germany to distribute and sell Neem leaves as food products as at the time writing this article; Note that, we will update you whenever there's change to this.

Buying and Storing Neem Oil
    When buying Neem oil, care should be taken to ensure that it is of high quality and that the concentration is not too low. The neem is always stored in a cool and dark place, so that it does not lose its efficacy because there are numerous remedies that are enriched with neem oil. To use Neem oil for plants that are plagued with pests, a broth of shredded seeds can be produced. Leaves can also be cooked and sprayed with broth.

    Neem is an indispensable allrounder against parasites. It is the same whether the parasites attack plants or animals. Even people can use the neem to care for the skin and to provide better care for small wounds. However, the Neem should always be used with caution and should only be applied externally, as it can have a slightly toxic effect. Despite this toxic effect, it should not be missed in any household as it is natural medication for pests and so also pets can be treated very well with it.