Neem

Bundles of neem twigs for sale near Manek Chowk in the Old City.

 

Neem twigs are commonly used for cleaning ones teeth – the pre-cursor to the contemporary toothbrush. The fibres exposed by crushing the end of the twig are used to brush in a similar way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, while the astringent juice which is released acts as a mouth freshner.

 

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Taken on January 8, 2009