01 May '11, 3pm

The Neem tree is truly an agro-scientific celebrity and has been declared the “Tree of the 21st century”. #WED2011

The Neem tree is truly an agro-scientific celebrity and has been declared the “Tree of the 21st century”. #WED2011

So what has a tree done for me lately? INDIA The Neem Tree Natures drugstore! The Neem tree is truly an agro-scientific celebrity and has been declared the “Tree of the 21st century” by the United Nations. The benefits of this tree are numerous. Did you know that the Neem tree, for example, is variously know as 'Natures Drugstore' (or 'Village Pharmacy' in India) - because of its status as a cure-all tree? The Neem tree has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antihistamine and antiseptic characteristics, and can also be used to treat boils, pimples, eye diseases, hepatitis, leprosy, rheumatism, scrofula, ringworm and ulcers. It is practically a locally grown pharmacy all in a single tree. You can even use the leaf teas to treat malaria. To top it off, you can use the twigs of the tree as a toothbrush and to prevent periodontal diseases.

Full article: http://www.unep.org/wed/tree-a-day/neem.asp

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