Re: Info needed on Nim (Neem?) tree

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>From veerasam@CC.GATECH.EDU Tue Aug 31 11:04:18 1993
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1993 01:30:05 EDT
From: Veerasamy Aravindan <veerasam@CC.GATECH.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list DEVEL-L <DEVEL-L@AMERICAN.EDU>
Subject: Re: Info needed on Nim (Neem?) tree

Being from a place where neem trees are just one of things you get for
granted, I did not pay much attention to how it is being cultivated...
It just grows on the roadside and is a common site in the southern parts
of India. It is not "cultivated", but grows on its own.
I understand that I am kinda "lay man"-ish here.

However, I know that neem trees have good medicinal properties.
Traditional medicinal pratice (called Ayurvedic medicine as opposed to the
Allopathic western medicine) uses neem seeds and leaves for quite a few
illnesses. Neem leaves have some property (think it is anti-bacterial)
which makes it a good medicine against different poxes (I have seen it
commonly used for chicken pox).
My 2 cents worth...

> >From bthomson@web.apc.org Mon Aug 30 11:56:07 1993
> Subject: Information on the Nim (Neem?) tree
> I've just had a visitor from UCIRI, a co-op coffee producers federation in
> Mexico which exports organic coffee to a number of alternative trading
> organizations that are members of IFAT.
> They have some seeds of a plant called the Nim or Neem tree which is good
> for nitrogen fixation and has properties which also make it a good organic
> pesticide.  It originally comes from Bangladesh but apparently is well
> established in Burkina Faso and other parts of Africa.  They got seeds from
> a farm in the Canary Islands.  They've been looking for information about
> the tree, its cultivation and properties for some time and have found very
> little in the way of written material.
> Does anyone on the "network" have information about this tree or can you
> point us to someone who does?