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Are you Eating Poison?

Are you Eating Poison?

Your favorite fruit could be poisonous! The Environmental Working Group found that strawberries, one of the most consumed fruits in the world, contain alarming levels of synthetic pesticide residues. Evidence of an average 7.7 different synthetic pesticides was found the strawberries studied after being rinsed and ...

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Aromatherapy with Neem

Aromatherapy with Neem

Looking for a way to relax? Neem flower oil can help! Neem has been an important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, used to treat all kinds of conditions, including stress! Allow yourself to bask in the sweet scent of this ancient natural remedy. Used in a variety of natural creams, neem flowers are ...

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How Safe is Your Treatment for Hair Loss?

How Safe is Your Treatment for Hair Loss?

Nearly half of women and at least 65% of men around the world lose their hair at some point in their lives. While baldness is not exactly a life threatening condition, studies have shown it can be seriously detrimental for self-image and emotional health. Unfortunately, there are few effective treatments for hair ...

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Breathe Again with Neem

Breathe Again with Neem

Asthma is a lifelong disease that effects over 235 million people around the world. A chronic disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness, asthma often results in respiratory distress and can even cause death! Many people experience the symptoms daily, which seriously limits the person’s life ...

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Daily Routine with Neem

Daily Routine with Neem

Including neem in your daily routine is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your health. With benefits ranging from revitalizing your skin, boosting your metabolism, and balancing your stomach biome, neem’s addition in your daily routine will change your life so much that you’ll never want to go ...

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Many Benefits of Organic

Many Benefits of Organic

There are many benefits to eating organic, among them a lower ecological impact, safer methods for beneficial animals and insects, like pollinators and birds, and, of course, higher health benefits. We will go through a few of the amazing benefits that eating clean, safe, sustainably-produced organic food can bring ...

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Secrets of the Poison Papers

Secrets of the Poison Papers

The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy have released 20,000 documents that reveal both industry heavyweights and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products approved for widespread and commercial use. They even worked together to conceal information from ...

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Take all of the Antibiotics?

Take all of the Antibiotics?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. 23,000 of them die as a result of these once treatable infections. Bacteria have learned how to resist these drugs. Some now expel the antibiotic before it can work, ...

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Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Overshoot Day

By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from Mother Nature than she can replenish in the whole year. For the rest of the year, we will be living on resources taken from future generations. More ecological resources and services are used than the world can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and ...

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Chemical Weapons on Your Food

Chemical Weapons on Your Food

Pesticides have been around for thousands of years, starting with sulfur, which was used to control bacteria and mold, around 1000 BC. Then, arsenic, not known at the time for its severe health impacts to humans, was used as a herbicide in the 1800s. These first-generation pesticides were often highly toxic compounds, ...

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The New Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

The New Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

Without urgent and fast change, antimicrobial resistance will continue to become one of the biggest global health risks that the world has ever seen. The discovery of penicillin, humankind’s first antibiotic, in 1928, welcomed a new age of global healthcare. Since then, only a limited number of antibiotics have ...

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How Trees Help You

How Trees Help You

In a study on urban trees from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), trees were found to drastically improve quality of life! Some of the things that trees improve in urban areas: Mental health Water flow and water quality Carbon sequestration Air cleanliness and quality ...

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Baking with Neem – Neem Honey Ginger Cookies

Baking with Neem – Neem Honey Ginger Cookies

An amazing and delicious way to include neem in your diet is to use neem honey! Not only could you put it on toast, in your tea, or on pancakes and waffles, but you can also cook with it! Neem honey is collected from bees that have eaten from neem flowers, drawing on the beneficial pollen. What are the benefits? Since ...

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Neem’s Divine History

Neem’s Divine History

Neem’s history is one full of spirituality and divinity. For thousands of years, the neem tree has been used to treat deadly diseases, protect crops against pests and rejuvenate skin and hair. With beautiful, divine names in many languages, neem has been recorded across history through many civilizations. In ...

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Synthetic Pesticides and the Brain

Synthetic Pesticides and the Brain

Despite recommendation from its own scientists, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen to approve chlorpyrifos, a synthetic chemical used in pesticides across the United States that is linked to brain damage in children and sold under the name Losban by Dow Chemical. In November, the EPA released a ...

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Health Consequences of the Conventional Food System

Health Consequences of the Conventional Food System

Our world has jumped in population by billions since hitting the one billion mark in the early 1800s. Though necessary for population growth, we have begun to see the dire health and environmental consequences of our conventional food system that has prioritized productivity over responsibility. What does this mean to ...

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Neem in the New Year

Neem in the New Year

The Hindu New Year, celebrated in certain parts of India, is one that welcomes the spring season with open arms. Though the festival has different names throughout the country - known as Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Yugadi, Cheti Chang, and Navreh - the celebration marks the beginning of Chaitra, the first month in the ...

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Organic Food to Sustainability

Organic Food to Sustainability

Are you a part of the organic food trend? If you are like the majority of the population, you have at one time or another bought something with an organic label. However, do you know where that organic product is coming from? With a global trend of increasing consumer demand for organic products, companies are ...

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Neem Compound Profile: Quercetin

Neem Compound Profile: Quercetin

Neem contains hundreds of unique compounds, many of which are just being discovered for their impressive applications across medicine, beauty and agriculture. Renowned institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, Oxford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently leading research in this field. ...

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Neem’s Advances in Cancer Treatment

Neem’s Advances in Cancer Treatment

Since 1993, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency have all investigated and collected data on the health of farmers throughout the United States to determine health risks posed by agriculture. Hundreds of studies have been ...

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Natural, Neem Pet Shampoo Benefits

Natural, Neem Pet Shampoo Benefits

How often do you put toxic chemicals, like Frontline or similar pesticides, on your beloved pet? Two common active ingredients in flea and tick medicines for dogs are pyrethrin and pyrethroid. Pyrethrins are derived from Chrysanthemum flowers, but pyrethroids are synthetic and longer lasting, but have more adverse ...

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What is Neem?

12° What is Neem?

What is neem? Neem is a tree, native to India, that is used as a natural pesticide and fertilizer, as a natural ingredient in cosmetics, as an additive to livestock feed and in pet care products, and even in healthcare treatments! Every part of the tree can be used - the bark, the leaves, the flowers, the gum, ...

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Curing the Flu? With Neem, Anything is Possible

Curing the Flu? With Neem, Anything is Possible

The influenza virus is an extremely dangerous, rapidly transmitted virus with a high mortality rate. Each season, the influenza virus kills an estimated 50,000 people, causes 200,000 hospitalizations, and incurs costs of up to $10 billion in medical care in the United States. The influenza virus genome, due to ...

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The Life of Neem

The Life of Neem

The neem tree has been around since 5000 BCE, so why haven't we heard of it until now?   200 BCE: In an ancient Tamil text, one of the earlier written mentions of  neem comes to life in the poetic form of the era. 1983: The Indian and Agricultural Research Institute publishes ‘Neem in Agriculture’. ...

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Neem Tree Profile

Neem Tree Profile

An evergreen tree in the Meliaceae family, neem is indigenous to Southeast Asia. Neem, or Margosa, grows extremely quickly, up to 2.6 feet (80cm) a year, and it can reach a height of around 5.6 feet (170cm) in its first season. Maturity is reached after 7-10 years. At maturity, the tree can be as tall as 50 - ...

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Neem’s Strength as an Organic Fertilizer

Neem’s Strength as an Organic Fertilizer

Improves Soil Health Neem helps soil retain moisture and increases workability. Organic fertilizers such as neem increase airflow through the soil, which allow the plants’ roots to breathe. Environmentally Friendly Organic fertilizers such as neem are healthier for the ecosystem because they must first break down ...

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Tamil Nadu, the Land of Neem

Tamil Nadu, the Land of Neem

The neem tree has a long and storied history, celebrated for over 7,000 years for its remarkable healing properties. Native to India, neem's history begins there. Neem has a beautiful story, imbued with spiritual significance presented as a symbol of health. According to Hindu mythology, the neem tree was born ...

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Dealing with Deforestation

Dealing with Deforestation

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, ...

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Neem Optimal Growth

Neem Optimal Growth

The Azadirachta indica is a hardy, drought resistant tree. It has a wide climatic adaptability growing in temperatures from 34ºF to 122ºF (1 ºC to 50 ºC), though it thrives with mean maximum temperatures of 79ºF to 100ºF (26 – 38 ºC). The A. indica occurs naturally in dry deciduous and thorn forests. Today, the ...

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Neem for Reforestation

Neem for Reforestation

The human population created almost 36 gigatonnes of CO2 during 2014, 60% over the levels experienced in 1990. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have risen by 90% since 1970. Even though these statistics are jarring, there is a problem: every year there ...

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The Life of Neem Infographic

The Life of Neem Infographic

The neem tree (Azadirachta Indica) is an evergreen in the Meliaceae (mahogany) family, celebrated for its remarkable healing properties as far back as 5,000BCE by the Harappa and Mohenjo civilizations. Fast-forward to the present day and neem is becoming renowned for its contributions to sustainable agri­cul­ture and ...

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Neem’s Chemical Constituents

Neem’s Chemical Constituents

In India, neem is called the Divine Tree, Life giving tree, Nature's Drugstore, Village Pharmacy and Panacea for all diseases because of its amazing medicinal properties. There are more than 150 identified biochemichals in neem including: nimbin nimbanene 6-desacetylnimbinene nimbandiol nimbolide ...

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Neem Cake – An Organic Byproduct that Nourishes the Soil

Neem Cake – An Organic Byproduct that Nourishes the Soil

Neem cake is a product of the left over neem seed kernels that remain after extracting neem oil from the seeds. It is mainly used as a fertilizer, but has properties of a pesticide, as well, because of its azadirachtin content. It can help to control nematodes and other pests found in the soil, in addition to ...

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Azadirachtin – The Organic Alternative for Crop Protection

Azadirachtin – The Organic Alternative for Crop Protection

Neem offers an inexpensive and non-toxic alternative to a number of synthetic pesticides because of azadirachtin. Azadirachtin is the wonder compound found in neem with which natural biopesticides and bioherbicides are made. Azadirachtin has been endorsed by the EPA, the USDA, and the EU because of its amazing ...

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Synthetic Pesticides: Friend or Foe?

Synthetic Pesticides: Friend or Foe?

Extensive synthetic pesticide use contributed to crop yields increasing by 90% worldwide between 1960-1990. While synthetic pesticides aid farmers by preventing crop losses, the negative effects they have on human health and the environment can be catastrophic. 98% of sprayed pesticides and 95% of herbicides ...

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