The Neem Tree
The seeds of a neem tree.
Azadirachta indica, Meliaceae, nim or neem tree, margosa tree. Tree from SE Asia and East Indies yielding an antiseptic resin used medicinally and in toothpaste, soaps, and lotions. Location: near mauka-Diamond Head corner of Burns Hall.
AGRICULTURE: Neem has been reported to control at least 125 species of pest insects, mites and nenatodes, including 25 species of Coleoptera (beetles), 10 species of Diptera (flies), 25 species of Leptdoptera (moths) and 9 species of Orthoptera (locusts). Farmers in developing countries to control pests on crops have used homemade preparations of neem seeds and leaves for many years. Neem oil has been the subject of a large number of investigations to evaluate the potential of its insecticidal, fungicidal, molluscidal, antiviral and insect antifeeding properties in agriculture.
Neem oil is derived by pressing the seed kernels of the neem tree. It is very bitter with a garlic/sulfur smell. A single seed may contain up to 50 percent oil by weight. Neem oil is an excellent moisturizing oil and contains various compounds that have insecticidal and medicinal properties. It is used in making shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, mosquito repellants, creams and lotions, pet products like pet shampoo, etc. It also contains vitamin E, other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. Neem oil is used for treating many skin diseases viz. eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, etc. and is being studied for making contraceptives in India.
Oil: Neem oil derived from crushing the seeds is antidermatonic, a powerful anthelmintic and is bitter in taste. It has a wide spectrum of action and is highly medicinal in nature.
NEEM INSECTISIDE : 90% Neem Oil 10% inerts.
A novel insecticide derived from a neem seed extract comprising neem oil
which is substantially free of azadirachtin, said neem oil being prepared
by extracting dried, coarsely ground ...