We pulled over for another fun Indian treat called a Neem Tree. This is a very famous tree in India, and is both used and grown throughout the country for a variety of purposes. Interestingly, it’s made into both soap and toothpaste here, but Raj instructed that people in the rural villages simply pull off the branches and do the following with it:
* Brush their teeth with the branches by chewing on the wood. This causes the wood to “fray” and then can be used to brush one’s teeth.
According to Raj, villages that regularly brush with Neem do not experience tooth decay of any kind, or intestinal parasites. This is due to the fact that Neem has high concentrations of a variety of natural chemicals that most troublesome bacteria and worms just don’t find pleasant.