In its native India, Neem is held in great esteem and is considered 'the village pharmacy'. The demon-slaying Goddess Kali/Durga, to whom it is sacred, is sometimes depicted wielding a Neem leaf instead of a knife, with which she attacks the demons of disease. Legend has it that the tree received its healing powers when the divine bird 'Garuda' accidentally spilt a few drops of Amrita, the nectar of immortality, while carrying this precious liquid to the heavens .The drops happened to fall on the Neem tree.
Neem is best known for its insect repellent properties. By discouraging insects it indirectly helps to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases. Furthermore, it is also indicated in the treatment of Malaria, one of the biggest 'killers' in tropical countries. Neem is very valuable as an ingredient of medicated skin care and dental products. In India Neem twigs are used as disposable tooth brushes, which is very effective as one of its constituents also fights the bacteria responsible for gum disease and dental plaque. It is also used for skin conditions such as rashes, pimples, scabies, lesions and fungal conditions. Recent studies have confirmed Neem leaves' traditional use for lowering blood sugar levels.
Neem is a powerful protector that wards off evil spirits and disease bearing demons.