Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My deliveries - Neem and Moringa leaves

I was positive that I've blogged about how great Neem is before - so I did a search and, yep - this post brought back some memories (may baby chicken Camilla and my puppies, Clem and Lopey!) but I did, in fact, blog about Neem in a post titled A lil bit a this, A lil bit a that back in August, 2012.

"What is neem? For over 4000 years, women in India have relied upon Neem for flawless skin. The Neem tree is an evergreen tree that is part of the mahogany family and is a common feature of the drier regions of India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Neem bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and oils all contain medicinal qualities. Neem is highly treasured in India and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine for many skin issues and daily skin care."

"It is difficult to summarize all of the healing properties of the neem tree because of its versatility. Neem leaves have been used traditionally as a blood cleanser due to their antiviral, antifungal, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic qualities. Neem leaves are also used to treat many eye disorders such as conjunctivitis, skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, stomach ulcers, poor appetite, diabetes, gum disease, fever, liver disorders, and arthritis. It is also great for the heart and used to prevent blood clots. The leaf can also be used for birth control because it has spermicidal qualities. If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, you should not consume products with neem because it can result in abortions and toxicity to infants.
Neem oil is used in soaps, lotions, facemasks, shampoos, and toothpastes. It helps treat fungal infections, lice, dry scalp, dandruff, premature graying of the hair, gingivitis, and skin disorders. Neem oil relieves dry skin and soothes itchy, red, irritated skin. It has also been used for chicken pox to relieve the associated skin irritation caused by the chicken pox virus. Neem has the ability to improve overall skin health by fighting the bacteria that causes pimples and acne. Unlike antibiotics, neem fights bacteria without causing bacterial resistance over time. Neem oil can also be used to treat arthritis and musculoskeletal pain by massaging it directly into the skin."
I found a woman in Belmopan that grows Neem and other herbs, and placed an order that I just picked up from Tropic Air yesterday.
I ordered a pound; this is a little less than half of it:

And this is what Neem water looks like, after you boil it:

It doesn't smell great, and it tastes awful - but it's  so good for you!
I've already used some of the Neem water to rince with after my shower today, and I doused my hair with it to strengthen up my roots and, hopefully, to encourage my dreads to start gaining some length! (They're locking up really good, but I want them longer, damnit!)

I still have plenty of leaves left, and about a half of a pitcher full from of the first batch of water. 
I plan on spraying it on Luna to help with her dry skin and spotty coat, and using it on my own skin and hair daily - it's great as a skin toner and really good for dry, itchy scalp and stronger hair.
I found another lady in Cayo who makes her own Neem oil and Neem soap - I'll be placing my order for those products SOON!

Another herb that I ordered from the Belmopan lady - one that I had never heard of until she mentioned it to me, is moringa:

From what I've been reading, most people use the fresh leaves in pretty much any kind of dish - scrambled eggs or omelettes, mixed with other greens in a salad (I have spinach and kale - will be making some kind of spinach/kale/moringa salad) in chili, soups, stews - really, just about anything.

All I've done with it so far is add it to my coconut rice that I made for dinner last night (along with Parmesan crusted chicken and roasted brussel spouts - YUM)
They have a really light, kind of nutty-grassy flavor to them - not overpowering or bitter at all.

I have an entire pound of them right now - if anyone in San Pedro would care to try some, you can sample mine and I'll pass along the info to order for yourself.

What do baking soda, coconut oil, turmeric, neem water, tea trea, neem and peppermint oil all have in common?
They can all be found in my bathroom.


  1. The last line of the article had me dying of laughter. Thank you for sharing so many worthy and helpful tips. Flawless skin here I come.

  2. When mix Moringa and neem together what will it give