Important Uses Of Extract, Seed, And Other Components Of The Neem Tree

Azadirachta indica, popularly called the neem tree, is an abundant reserve of multiple use that can change for the better the fortune of individuals who are ready to invest into unconventional but practical indigenous knowledge source. The plant's popularity is linked to its popularity in Asia, but it is in Africa where its application is also considerably extensive, that is not much publicised.

Popularly called Dongoyaro in Nigeria, and a million other names from one ethnic group to another, spreading from the philippines, sweeping through the middle east to touch the Atlantic ocean; It's flowers, leaves, bark, wood and seeds have been able to services to humans in medicine, cosmetics, food, culture and tradition, agriculture, and recently in the environment.

Azadirachta indica
Azadirachta indica

Use of Neem in Cosmetics

Neem seed contains up to 50% of oil. Its anti-fungal properties are useful in making Anti-Dandruff shampoo. It's use in making toothpaste, balms and body creams are quite remarkable. It is also very useful in making soap.

Neem oil will be very helpful in local environments where the need to look inwards for alternative indigenous endowments is needed to increase access to basic needs. There are places where the plant is still seen as weed. Local people can be encouraged to collect the seed for the oil, and utilize the native source of lye as portrayed in the article:

Use of neem in medicine

The various parts of the neem tree has one or more medical applications. The uses ranges from antiviral, antibacterial, anti-diabetics, anthelmintic, sedative, to contraceptive (spermicide). The leaf is considered to be important in terms of its medicinal use.

In Nigeria for instance, the leaf can be boiled in a pot of water for several hours to extract the extremely bitter content referred to as the neem tea which is used to treat malaria, abdominal pains and high fever. Bathing with the tea is also said to be potent against chickenpox and measles. Apart from boiling in hot water, some cultures prefers to extract the medicinal content by soaking the leaves in native Gin.

Which ever way it is extracted, the leaf is used to boost immunity and extracts have been used to treat Scabies, Acne, Diabetes, Ulcers, Eczema, Rheumatism, Headache, Hepatitis, Aids, Cardiovascular Diseases, Allergies and Herpes.

Extracts from this plant have also been used to heal wounds, treat burns, cuts and sprains. Local people have been able to manage broken bones or dislocation by adding components of the neem plant before tying the affected site.

Insecticide and pest control

In India, the leaf is used in silos to prevent pests from attacking stored grains. Its insecticidal properties is used here to repel termites and other insects. It has a great mosquito repellent quality and also, used to eradicate Lice in Humans, Fleas and Ticks in animals.

Other uses of the neem tree

Further great uses of the neem tree are as shown below:

1. In agriculture where the neem seed cake obtained after extracting the oil from the seed is used as an organic fertilizer and a nematicide. It is said to retard nitrification thus reducing the amount of nitrogen loss from the soil.

2. The neem tree is also used in the preservation of the environment and prevention of global warming. In terms of preservation, the plant can survive in regions of low rainfall. This quality is being utilized to prevent desertification. Also, its seed pulp are used to produce methane gas which if properly utilized can reduce attention on natural gas. It has also been shown that the plant has a high potential to mop up carbon (iv) oxide.

3. Its application also extends to the dye and tanning industries. The back has also been discovered to contain tannin extracted and used for dyeing and tanning.

4. It is recorded that the Indians weaves the back into very strong ropes, and the wood is a good source of raw material for furniture. Traditional native people also creates heating fuel from the wood.

5. slender twigs are used in Africa as chewing stick for cleaning the mouth and teeth.

6. The neem plant can sometimes be eaten as salad or as a part of traditional recipe of cultural festivals, with taboos attached.

The Neem plant remains one of the most widely research plant on the planet. Its popularity and local use spans from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, India, the middle east, to Africa. It also had attracted researchers from all over the World (including the west) which has led to extraction and characterization of some of its components. Attempts on patent had been made, but it was soon rejected so that the plant remain available for all who which to create a new product from one of its potentials. You can take that bold step today.

You can get further information on how to use the Neem Tree for medicinal purpose here:

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shazia 3 years ago

i am doing a project on neem seeds at university for the antidandruff purpose…. i hope i don it….thnks for the your information about neem…..

Olayinka 3 years ago

Information here is quite interesting. But bdo you have information of ide effects in its use in medicine and health? I would very much like to know


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oke adewale 4 years ago

could this be used to treat ulcer?

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James Agbogun 4 years ago Author

ok, Kyle

Kyle Sobh 4 years ago

Mr. Agbogun,

I am doing a project on Neem for my MBA coursework at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. I would like to gather more information from you either via email, phone, or skype. My email address is Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. The project is due in 3 weeks.

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Nice to know Gloria! Happy you made the comment!

Gloria 5 years ago

I appretiate the write up is really interesting and educative

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Thank you rajan jolly. I should visit your Hub too.

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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Good information on neem. I have include a link to your hub in my hub on uses of neem.

Thanks for sharing.

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Thank you salisu abubakar. I appreciate you taking the time to make this important Comment.

salisu abubakar 5 years ago

you really educated us about neem tree,well done.

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Hello manthy! Really appreciate the nice Comment. Happy you took the time. Thank you!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Cool hub - Thanks for sharing it with us

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Jewels, It's nice hearing about your positive experience with the Neem-Toothpaste. I believe the World is cleaner and less complex if we adopt every-day materials made from Plants and Animals. Thanks for sharing!

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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

I've just started using a Neem toothpaste. Leaves Colgate for dead. It's very effective and is actually better tasting than the commercial brands. I won't go back to the chemical stuff again.

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Hello Arjun! It is great to know that you are using this Article for your school Project. Wishing you good grades! Goodluck!

Arjun 5 years ago

I am doing a project in neem tree at school. Thanks for the information. I will use this for my project!

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Thanks alispaisley! I appreciate you taking the time to endorse this Article.

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alispaisley 5 years ago

Thanks for more information about the neem tree. Nice.

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James Agbogun 5 years ago Author

Hello Muyiwa! Am happy you found the Hub informative. Your advice is noted, and a review is on the way. Thanks for visiting!

Muyiwa david 5 years ago

What an informative post, i wish d author can give more links on how 2 use the neem tree for medicinal purpose.however, it's a good post

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