For thousands of years, the people of India have known many uses of the neem.
- It has been used as a toothpaste and brush rolled into one. As an antiseptic, it prevents infection of wounds. Children with chicken pox and measles are bathed in water with neem leaves in it.
- New born babies are bathed in water that has been boiled with neem leaves because of its medicinal and refreshing qualities.
- Its fresh leaves are chewed to put an end to tension.
- The neem’s powdered seeds have cured many of headaches when applied on the forehead.
- Neem can get rid of lice.
- It can also be used to clear up worms in the stomach.
- Women in south India light lamps with neem oil to keep insects away. Seeing this quality, for hundreds of years people in rural India have used need to protect their stored grains against insects and rodents. Others have used it to protect winter clothes from insects and books from termites.
- A neem plant near your home can reduce pollution, repel mosquitoes and even lower the temperature in the hot months. This is one reason why in many places people continue to hang a neem twig on their doorways.