I first heard of the neem tree and its beneficial effects from the carpenter who worked on our ceiling and roof.
Nate has skin asthma, and dust from the carpentry work aggravated his condition. Kuya Carpenter saw my son’s allergies all over his body, and suggested to give Nate a bath using water boiled with neem tree leaves.
iMom: Name tree?
Kuya Carpenter: Opo, name tree. Sa India ang tawag dyan ay pharmacy tree. Kasi ho magaling talaga yan, madaming nagagamot na sakit… (and he goes on to enumerate the illnesses)
iMom: Saan naman ako makakahanap nyan?
Kuya Carpenter: Meron dyan sa kabilang kanto. Ikukunan ko kayo ha. (Vroooms away in his motorbike)
He returned with several leafy branches of the tree. So I was supposed to boil a bunch of the leaves, and use the cooled water for rinsing Nate after soaping. The raw leaves can also be ground and applied on wounds.
Okay got it, kuya.
But of course, I had to google it. Search words “name tree” did not make any sense. So I entered “pharmacy tree India“. That’s when neem tree showed up. Aaaaaah, neem tree pala! Si kuya naman, oh!
But, in fairness, tama si kuya! Continue reading That Neem Tree – Neem That Tree!