The Sacred Tree of India
The neem tree, identified by the United Nations as the “tree of the 21st century, is renowned for its contributions to sustainable agriculture as well as for its applications in the medicinal, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries worldwide.
In Sanskrit, Neem is called ‘Arista’, meaning ‘perfect, complete and imperishable.’ An evergreen, and part of the mahogany family, Neem is indigenous to Southeast Asia. Reaching up to 100 feet (30 meters) tall, growing around 2.6 feet (80cm) per year. Even in the harshest of environments, a fully mature tree bears up to 50kg of fruit each year. The wide canopy forms a rounded crown of leaves, and produces small, green fruit and delicate white flowers.
Neem has become indispensable to many looking for an effective natural remedies* and has been used to on hair as a moisturizer (soothes skin), and is reputed to have numerous other benefits.
Neem oil is derived from the seeds of the neem fruit. Neem leaves can also be harvested for oil. The fruit and leaves fall from the trees and are gathered from the ground, which makes harvesting harmless for the fast growing tree.
Modern day Neem: In 1959, a locust plague ravished all in its path with the exception of neem trees. Present day and DNA is being decoded. Molecules of ancient herbs are being isolated and azadirachtin from Neem, a biodegradable and non-toxic insecticide that disrupts the growth cycle of insects – deters them from feeding on plants – cementing the tree’s place as an organic alternative to environmentally dangerous agrochemicals*.
Neem is an evergreen tree and part of the mahogany family, it thrives in most climates and soil conditions. It ages up to 200 years. ‘The Tree of the 21st Century’ as named by the United Nations, the neem tree offers solutions across agriculture, healthcare and environmental protection.
The Organic Alternative for Crop Protection
Neem offers an cost effective and nontoxic alternative to a number of synthetic pesticides*. Effective against more than 500 species of insects, neem oil acts on the hormonal systems of pests and therefore does not lead to the development of resistance in future generations*. The ability to use neem as a natural pesticide that also boosts soil health will have a long-term positive impact on farmers and their farmland, whether or not they cultivate crops organically.
One Powerful Solution in Environmental Protection
The very nature of neem makes the tree ideal for reforestation and carbon sequestration efforts. Fast growing, with a large surface biomass and thick foliage, neem has an impressive capacity to capture carbon in the atmosphere with a sequestration capacity of 12.27 tons per tree per year. One of the most resilient, hard wearing and durable timbers on the planet, neem is an obvious choice for protecting and restoring the environment through long-term carbon entrapment.
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