Neem

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tree native to the Indian subcontinent. It’s been used as a medicinal herb for more than 5,000 years. Neem is a cornerstone of the ancient Ayurvedic medical system and some of the earliest writings known to man detail its use in treating diseases. Over the last two decades, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has posted more than 1,000 reports on neem. *

As ongoing research details both health and environmental problems caused by commonly used pesticides and fungicides biopesticides made from plants are becoming more and more important. Even among the most commonly used biopesticides, however, neem stands out one of the most effective and least toxic options.

A 1992 report from an ad hoc panel of the U.S. government’s Board on Science and Technology for International Development and the National Research Council, calls neem A Tree for Solving Global Problems. It describes neem as “one of the most promising of all plants, (that) may eventually benefit every person on the planet. Probably no other plant yields as many varied products or has as many exploitable by-products. Indeed, as foreseen by some scientists, this tree may usher in a new era in pest control; provide millions with inexpensive medicines; cut the rate of population growth; and perhaps even reduce erosion, deforestation, and the excessive temperature of an overheated globe.”

Terramera has taken that promise a step further with patent-pending technology that increases the efficiency and performance of biological materials. The result is non-toxic neem products that work better than today’s synthetic conventional chemicals. For large agricultural corporations as well as back-yard gardeners, neem oil controls the most damaging pests, increasing yields without leaving toxic residues.

Unlike synthetic pesticides, neem contains dozens of compounds that react differently in an insect’s body, from simply repelling the pest to preventing it from molting and even functioning as a contraceptive to limit populations. That’s important because so many pests have developed resistance to the compounds found in chemical pesticides and become even more difficult to control.

Today, neem is used by some of the nation’s largest growers and university extension services across North America are recommending it for use by home gardeners.