Neem oil, the seemingly all-powerful substance made from the seeds of the neem tree...
Have you heard claims about its "magical" properties, too?
Yes, neem seed oil is like a dream come true for the old snake oil salesman...
1001 uses out of a single bottle!
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The claims made about neem hold up under scientific scrutiny. Neem oil works.
The bark, leaves and oil of the neem tree have been used in India for several thousand years, and are still used today.
About 75% of Ayurvedic remedies contain some form of neem! Indians call the sacred neem tree "the village pharmacy", and have limitless faith in its abilities.
Neem oil is used on humans, on animals, and on plants, for a huge range of different problems and diseases.
These are not just folk tales. Neem is the most heavily researched herbal remedy in India.
Scientists have identified over 150 active substances in neem, and many of those proved to be as effective in laboratory studies as the folklore claimed they would be.
Neem does most of what the salesman said, and more.
Neem oil is hardly known in Australia or Europe, but in the US it has reached high fashion status. Neem products are marketed aggressively.
The snake oil salesmen are still among us, though today they hawk their wares on the internet, not from a horse cart. Just like their ancient counterparts they like to exaggerate. They promise a lot and prove very little, and they tend to forget to mention the downsides.
Neem oil is potent stuff.
Neem is a plant, but that does not automatically mean it is safe. Some of the world's strongest toxins are herbal. Read about neem's toxicity before you take it internally.
There are situations where neem home remedies are perfectly safe and effective, and there are diseases where you need a diagnosis, and the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Neem can often beat the pharmceuticals in our arsenal, with none of the undesirable side effects. But neem is not a miracle cure. There are limits to what it can do.
Recognize the limits, and you will find that what's left is still more than enough to make people insist, "It's miraculous!"
Beware the snake oil salesmen, but don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Neem oil works.
This website tells you when and how. I hope you will enjoy learning more about it.
About The Neem Tree
In this section you find background information, history, botany, and information about growing neem.
Using The Neem Plant
An introduction to the different parts of the neem plant. All parts are useful! Learn how.
What Is Neem Oil
A guide to the uses and benefits of neem seed oil.
Neem leaf should get the attention it deserves. Few people are aware of the amazing and varied medicinal properties of neem leaves.
Neem And Skin Care
Skin care and skin disorders, that's where neem really shines. Neem soap and neem lotions are attracting more and more attention. This is also an area where home treatment and home remedies are very popular.
Neem And Hair Care
Neem hair oil and neem shampoo are often touted as having magical powers. Don't believe in magic. Get the real story. (Having said that, neem oil and neem shampoo do make an excellent home remedy for head lice.)
Medicinal Uses Of Neem
Ayurvedic tradition shows huge potential, modern science confirms it, but applicable research is patchy and more is needed. Find out what we know so far.
Neem as an Insecticide and Pesticide
The most widespread use of neem oil. How does neem oil work, where doesn't it work, and what should you know before you buy or spray it. Also learn about neem as a natural mosquito repellent.
Other Agricultural and Garden Uses
This aspect is little known, but neem is a terrific soil improver in many ways.
About Neem: Ask A Question
Neem Products and Reviews: Share An Experience
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The Kimberley, Australia (the Gibb River Road)