[permaculture] Neem/Tea tree

Jerome Osentowski jerome at crmpi.org
Wed Feb 27 12:33:43 EST 2002

Coin,  Neem has been used Medicine for quite some time.  Small sticks are 
used to clean gums and for tooth problems.  I have been using Ayurvedic
formaula toothpast  for 15 years, and have made tintures from neem leaf and
used it for a number of things.  A German study showed it effect for the
treatement  of herpes.  The tooth past clears up all your gum problems .
The seed are only viable for a few weeks.   It can be grown from cuttings,
and  You can graft wood from one tree onto another to help with cross
polenation.  If you can not use neem, I suggest you try Spilanthes
asterpaceae,  I grow it here in my greenhouse  as an annual,  the plant is
anti viral, bacterial, fungal, microbial used as a prophyactic against
malaria, It makes a stimulating  and decay-fighting mouthwash, fights herpes
sores an tonifies the gums.  It is also a topical pain killer.  great for
 in your mouth or anythere elese.  great for insect bites, because it takes
away the sting, and kills any viral transfered by the insect.  I have over
three gal. of the suff tintured for sale this spring.  The plant is very
easy to grow and can be eaten fresh , leave in salads or the bud if you want
your whole mouth to go num.   for seed and more info write: Horizon Herbs
P.O. Box 69 Williams, Or  97544-0069   541 846 6704  They have a great
cataloge for med. herbs.

One thing I got, out of all that talk  on lice, is that I will be sure to
add a tinture or oil to take of those  critters in our new traveling herb
kit we plan to put together and market in the spring.
Jerome Osentowski, Director
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
PO Box 631
Basalt, CO 81621   U.S.A.

Tel/fax (970) 927-4158    E mail: jerome at crmpi.org

For more information, please visit our web site at <<www.crmpi.org>>

>From: Colin Endean <kunmanara at mpx.com.au>
>To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: Re: [permaculture] Neem/Tea tree
>Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2002, 5:13 AM

> Scratching my head for information....
> Melaleuca alternifolia - native australian bush medicine, the oil
> commercially distilled from plantation grown trees, marketed as Tea Tree
> Oil.  Active as an antifungal and other antimicrobial activity.  I'm
> unfortunately allergic to this oil extract having previously used it as
> antiseptic for cuts etc. Probably quite considerably well researched for
> human efficacy by now as I recall some studies underway 20 years ago.
> Azadirachta indica - Neem Tree.  I've no experience personally, however
> I understand to be fairly potent insecticide activity.  I'd want to be
> assured that it is safe for human use before recommending use.  Plant
> source extracts can still be toxic.
> Melia azaderach - native to australia "white cedar" deciduous, purported
> to have similar activity to neem tree.
> Colin
> "Lawrence F. London, Jr." wrote:
>> tea tree = neem tree = melaleuca
>> all the same plant - the tea tree oil I buy here is from
>> sustainably managed plantations in Australia
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