“Neem – The Earth’s Saviour”
By Klaus Ferlow, HMH, HA
Human ingenuity has created wondrous developments – from fires to evolving an extraordinary complex social structure, splitting atoms, reaching to the moon, mapping the human genome, evolving the most complex repertoire of communication connecting us all, as well as creating a “dangerous” world of wireless radiation, with all its consequences!
Man has taken apart and put together everything he could lay his hands upon or think about it. These are exciting times! We are today living in an age of unprecedented technology. Internet, electronic mail and jet-set speed travel have conveniently helped bridge the geographical distances. The challenge before us is to link the wisdom of our past with our current knowledge and advanced technology to find ecologically sound solutions to emerging global situations, such as our effect on the climate, environmental pollutions, etc.
Man has dominated and tried to control practically everything around him. Unfortunately, in exploring nature and his power over it, he has unleashed forces and substances, which have gone out of control! Poisonous pesticides are powerful weapons, though unjust and immoral towards the rest of the living world. Hazardous, dangerous chemicals (one of the worst is glyphosate) are found in our water, air (chemtrails), soil and food and drinks (MSG, etc.). They are present in household and garden goods, plastics, prescription drugs, cosmetics and personal care products. Another danger is electric magnetic radiation from many sources (EMF towers, cell & smart phone and smart meters, microwave ovens etc., just to name a few!) These toxic chemicals damage our body, brain, behaviour and sexual health.
We humans, disconnected from Mother Earth for our whole lives, are depleted of the health-sustaining energy (electrons) from the earth, have forgotten that we are part of our World, and as a result are suffering from it with a large variety of health problems. It is no coincidence that for myself, growing-up country-style in Northern Germany, and walking barefoot all summer long, I had hardly any health problems. By eating healthy food and reconnecting with the earth our bodies respond with improved health.
Worldwide people want to go back to basics and hopefully we will re-evolve in the near future into a “grounded” society. “Earthing” is not a cure-all, but it is effective, safe and deserves thorough exploration as a primary health and healing tool combined with using herbal medicinal personal care products.
Is there any hope to get things under control again?
Scientists and researchers believe that the miraculously versatile medicinal plant from India, the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica A. Juss) could be one of the solutions to solving our many problems and even to save our Mother Earth! As the global scenario is now changing towards the use of non-toxic, plant-derived botanical products based on traditional use, development of modern products derived from Neem are now in place for the control of various diseases and the betterment of mankind.
Since the tree has a unique source of various types of healing compounds it offers tremendous potential. Everything from the Neem tree is medicinal: bark cake, flowers, fruit, honey, leaves, oil, roots, timber and twigs.
Neem is also extremely beneficial whereas environmental pollution is concerned, offering flood control, reducing erosion and salination, rehabilitating degraded ecosystems and wastelands. Neem is useful for reforestation, and windbreaks in areas of low rainfall and high wind speed; it protects crops and organic farming, provides non-toxic herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides and fertilizer. Neem is also being used in veterinarian medicine, dental care, cosmetics and personal care products, birth control, and prevents a variety of internal and external diseases.
Several therapeutic and industrially useful preparations and compounds have been marketed worldwide. This created enough encouragement among scientists to further explore this remarkable plant. The Neem tree is also one of the most researched trees in the world, and over two decades of research has resulted in more than 2500 scientific papers published, promising interesting results in so many disciplines that this once obscure species may be of enormous benefit to countries rich and poor, and eventually to each person alive today.
Even some of the most cautious researchers are now saying that Neem deserves to be called a “wonder tree.” The United Nations declared it as “The tree of the 21st century!” Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian Nation was very fond of neem leaf chutney. It is said that the secret of his health was the neem leaf!
Words of Wisdom
“ So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain health.” A.J. Reb Materi
Schmutterer, Heinrich, The Neem Tree, Neem Foundation, 2002
National Research Council, Neem – A Tree for Solving Global Problems, National Academy Press, 1992
Conrick John, The ultimate Herb, Neem Association, 2001
Hakim M.A. Neem: cultivation, processes and uses, Bangladesh Neem Foundation, 2015
Norten Ellen, Neem: India’s miraculous healing plant, Healing Art Press, 2000
Chaturvedi, Vaidya Suresh, Neem in Ayurveda, Bhavan’s book University, 1998
Neem Foundation, Neem: Applications in agriculture, health care and environment, 1998
Ober Clinton, Stephen T. Sinatra, Zucker Martin, Earthing – the most important health discovery ever, Basic Health Publications, 2014
Klaus Ferlow, Honorary Master Herbalist (HMH) Dominion Herbal College; Herbal Advocate (HA) Canadian Herbalists’ Association; Member of Health Action Network Society, National Health Federation, Neem Foundation & World Neem Organisation, Mumbai, India and other organizations. Author of over 70 educational articles about health, healing, herbs, nutrition published in Health and Women’s Magazines in print worldwide and online. Co-author of the book “7steps to dental health” and author of the book “Neem – Nature’s Healing Gift to Humanity”
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