Neem-Azadirachta indica-At the onset of indigestion traditional Ayurvedic practice is to drink a strong neem tea. Neem tea is also considered a calmative and immune strengthener. Traditionally known as the ‘village pharmacy’, the Neem tree’s pesticidal and medicinal properties have been known and used for centuries in India. The bark of the neem tree is used for cosmetics, health care products and medicinal preparations. The leaves are medicinal The kernel of the neem fruit is crushed to yield an oil which is used chiefly in pest controlling preparations and also in medicinal, cosmetic and health care products. Neem tea can be made from the powder using the traditional infusion method. Put the brew into a tall glass jar or bottle and let it stand in the refrigerator until the sediment settles to the bottom. Then draw off or siphon the liquid on top into a jug or storage bottle. Allowing the sediment to sit in the brew overnight in the fridge stengthens the brew. Though not a panacea, the tropical evergreen can be a major factor in preventing and treating many problems, some of which have been successfully treated with neem for centuries. Prescription medicines made from neem extracts, approved by the Indian equivalent of the FDA, are used to treat a number of these conditions. Neem boosts the immune system on all levels while helping the body fight infection even before the immune system is called to action. It also stimulates the production of T-cells to mount a head-on attack against infections. Unlike synthetic antibiotics, Neem does not destroy beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms needed to maintain optimum health. This is a remarkable herb well worth investigating in depth. Unlike much oif the rest of the plant, Neem oil is for external use only. Neem oil’s highly concentrated anti-microbial active ingredients can be used directly on cuts, scrapes or serious skin conditions. The concentrated essential fatty acids help to restore moisture and elasticity to the skin while it disinfects and heals.