Human Flower Project
Monday, November 29, 2004
Is There Anything Neem Can’t Do?
In India, neem has been considered a “miracle tree” for centuries. U.S. growers, now getting wise, predict it will be the next “aloe vera.”
Two business partners in Brandon, Florida, are hoping to make a smash success of growing and importing neem trees to the U.S.
Native to India, “neem is a member of the mahogany family and is one of the most widely used herbs in the world, though relatively unknown in the United States. It can grow to 60 feet tall, spreading like an oak.”
Neem flowers, sweet as jasmine, attract bees.
“In bloom neem has honey-scented white flowers like a locust tree. Fans are so loyal because every part of the neem tree - leaves, oil and bark - can be used for products including medicines, pesticides, soap and beauty products.”
What’s not to like about a tree that can kill head lice, cure diabetes, soften your hands…and survive you and your children? Some say neem trees live for two centuries.