|This month, Satyameet, Free The Children’s Associate Director in India, gives us an update on the success of the newly planted herbal garden in THE Onederworld’s Adopt a Village community in India, Barind. Back in May, we announced that the villagers had planted diversified lemon grass and aloe vera plants. With the support of THE Onederworld, this plot has now developed into a beautiful and plentiful herbal garden serving the needs of the surrounding community and is already helping to prevent and treat various health issues.
In the center of the garden grows a big, strong Neem tree, also referred to as an Indian Lilac. Indigenous to India, these trees are well known for their resilience against drought as well as their many medicinal purposes. Neem is believed to be antiviral - a powerful blood purifier and detoxifier. It reduces fever and toxins involved in most inflammatory skin diseases and is as effective as quinine in the treatment of malaria. It boosts the immune system while helping the body fight infection. As an added bonus, the tree also acts as a natural pesticide, protecting the entire garden from unwanted insects. Symbolically, the Neem tree means much more, representing safety, security, health, longevity and strength.
The tree is surrounded by various plants beneficial to the general health and wellbeing of the community. Aloe vera, lemon grass and other medicinal herbs grow within the garden, treating skin ailments, digestion issues, diabetes and other illnesses common to the region. Not only are community members given access to the herbs of the garden, but they also gain the knowledge of how to tend to the plants and reap their health benefits. This creates a sense of ownership and guarantees the sustainability of this project, strengthening the long-term development of the Barind community.
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