On a chilly winter afternoon, nearly ten years ago, I was sitting in the Whole Food Market on 230 Bay Place in Oakland, California and working on my computer when a friend of mine, Amen, showed up and joined me. I had just caught a cold and wasn’t feeling well. After conversing for a while, Amen took a dark green powder out of his medicine bag, put a heaping teaspoon of it in a cup with warm water and slid it in front of me. He had just received a shipment of Neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf from Ghana, West Africa, and happened to have some with him. It was pretty bitter, however, having had worked with medicinal herbs for over a year, my palette was used to strong, potent flavors. After about 5 minutes, the cup was empty.
Fast forward two days, my sickness had completely vanished. Since that time, I’ve worked a lot with Neem and done quite a lot of research and experiments with this unique, powerful herb. Over the years, I’ve introduced Neem to my family members and many of my clients, all of whom have greatly benefited from it (and because of its effectiveness and reliability, continue to use it).
Neem quickly enters the bloodstream and exhibits strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic action. Its antiseptic properties make it an excellent remedy for external application in cases of cuts, burns and other wounds. It helps to inhibit the growth of microorganisms and increase blood flow to the affected area, significantly augmenting the body’s self-healing powers.
Neem has been traditionally used for decades for the purposes of combatting viral, bacterial, and fungal infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, salmonella, e.coli, herpes, influenza, hepatitis A and B, athlete’s foot, and yeast infection, to name a few, as well as normalizing the body’s temperature (reducing fever) and alleviating sore throat. Because of its multifarious therapeutic uses, in India–one of its native lands–many refer to it as the “village’s pharmacy.”
Keep in mind that Neem is highly potent and shouldn’t be taken daily and/or for a prolonged period of time.