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Nature’s Pharmacy- The Dongoyaro Tree

 

As a child, I was drawn to the Dongoyaro tree .  I liked the small fruit which  looked like  tiny, yellow marbles and its busy branches with  their lively serrated leaves.

 

It was also fascinated by its potency.  I often heard my aunties speak almost in awe of the Dongoyaro tree. All across Nigeria, the herbal properties of this plant  are well known among traditional herbalists.  It’s power to cure all and the use of its leaves in the  making of  agbo iba;  the traditional remedy for the treatment of malaria.

Today, among traditional healers  in Okeigbo, South west Nigeria, Azadirachta indica or Dongoyaro continues to be  used with other  herbs in  malaria therapy.

A few years ago, on a trip to Malaysia,  I bought myself a Neem face mask as I had a break out in the tropical sun. I was  very impressed. It dried up my pimples and gave my face a fresh feel.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I  realised that Neem is the Asian word for Dogonyaro. My neem mask was made from Dongoyaro leaves.

 

Grown throughout India, and known as the  one tree pharmacy’, extracts  from the Neem tree have been used in Ayurvedic preparations  for thousands of years to maintain health and overall well-being. The roots, bark, gum, leaves, fruit, seed kernels and seed oil  of the Neem tree are all used  for both internal and topical use.

Products made from the Dongoyaro tree include toothpaste, soap, oil, herbal powders and many more

 

Top 10 Benefits of Dongoyaro Leaves

For more information on benefits of Neem see here.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Dele
    September 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Wow what an amzing plant ! Here i thought “dongoyaro” was a Yoruba slang word to curse someone out ! I’ve been educated.

  • Reply
    Steph
    January 11, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Neem and Dongoyaro….one and the same?? Interesting and useful information!

    • Reply
      osupa
      January 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Yes Steph! Dongoyaro na Neem oo. Imagine how I felt too. I grew up around all these Dongoyaro trees not knowing its value. We must learn more about what is ours. Thanks for your comment and feedback.

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