Neem is derived from the Sanskrit word "NIMBA" which means Bestow-er of good Health. Neem is a native to the Indian Subcontinent and has a strong traditional value in every Indian household.
There are no bugs or insects found under neem trees, because of its natural repellent action. Besides the breeze that blew through the bough it kept homes free of bacteria and viruses and cool throughout summer.
Products made by neem trees have been used in India for over two millennia. Neem is associated with a lot of Hindu festivals in India. The Tamil people traditionally use neem leaves to relive infections of various diseases of pox and measles.
Siddha and Ayurveda Practitioners believe neem products to be anti-fungal, anti-diabetic and antibacterial.
Traditionally neem twigs are first chewed as toothbrush and then split as a tongue cleaner. This practice has been in India, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. It has found to be effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis inflammation.
- The process takes weeks of seasoning and natural treatment of the neem wood.
- The process helps in strengthening, compacting the wood and prevents it from leeching the bitterness into the food.
- Later the seasoned wood is cut to precise block from which different accessory products are hand carved by the artisans.
- Finally the hand crafted accessories are polished using coconut oil in cotton cloth for hours to get the smooth finish.
- Neem has a strong traditional value in every household across India.
- Neem tree is part of every house or community and every part of it is used for different medicinal and lifestyle purposes.
- Our ancestors started using neem oil, the leaves as well as the flowers in the cooking/ external application and wood has immense usage too.
- Neem wood was initially used to make combs which helped in hair growth and prevents scalp infections.
- Neem wood based kitchen accessories were later used because of its immense medicinal and anti-bacterial properties.
- Neem wood has immense utility across different cultures in our country. Every part of the tree has immense health benefits and have been used extensively for generations for our well being.