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