The benefits and value of neem (Azadirachta indica) tree and all its parts, do not require any introduction. Their uses in curing and preventing many diseases not only in humans but also in animals have been known to mankind for long. Neem is also used to protect plants from pests and insects, neem is also used to stimulate the growth of plants as it is considered to be a natural manure without any toxic effects. We give below some of the most important benefits of neem tree in various aspects of life:
Neem tree and its compounds, its extracts and finished products have been known to cure a large number of human ailments. Right from skin diseases to diabetes, from cholesterol to hair problems, from ulcers to dental problems, the ways in which it effects our lives can not be underestimated. There are many neem products available in the market in the form of neem oil, neem soap, neem medicines, neem powder, neem tea, neem hair products and so on. Even raw neem leaves, neem neem fruit are als very beneficial to human beings. Some of the benefits of neem tree in human beings are as follows:
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The active content of neem tree, azadirachtin, a naturally occurring substance belonging to an organic class of molecule called tetranortriterpenoids is used in agrochemicals like insecticides and pesticides to protect the plants. The active ingredient acts by hampering the growth process of an insect from larva to pupa to adult. It further inhibits the production of insects and acts as a cover shield for plants. This active ingredient also has anti feedant properties for insects thus breaking their life cycle. For detailed description of neem benefits in agriculture, check out our article Agriculture Uses of Neem
Animals also benefit from the uses of neem. Neem and its products, neem leaves mixed with other natural ingredients have been used for curing a large number of animal diseases. It is used in livestock production and health. It is also used as a healthy animal feed as it contains proteins, minerals, carotene etc. Bathing your pet animal with neem soap or shampoo will prevent insect infection and ticks, bites, ringworm, fleas, mites and many skin disorders or fungal infections. For more information on neem benefits in agriculture, check out our article Neem and Animal Health