Long known in Ayurdevic medicine in India, modern research has been confirming the traditional uses of the neem tree in Indian folk medicine. Its many properties and uses have given neem the reputation as Friend and Protector in Indian villages. The neem tree is native to India, and has been used in so many ways that it's difficult to count them all. An evergreen tree that is remarkably tolerant of both heat and drought, the neem can grow up to twenty feet in three years.
Neem has pesticide, germicide and medicinal properties, is resistant to termites and is often used in reforestation efforts. The tree begins bearing fruit at three to five years, and each tree can produce up to 110 pounds of fruit in a year. Its fast growth, quick maturity and high production combined make the neem tree one of the most valuable plants in India.
Constituents of note: Alkaloids and liminoids, including azadirachitin, gedunin, nimbin, nimbidin, nimbinene desacetylnimbinase, nimbandial, nimbolide and quercentin.