Pure life 100% pure Neem oil is cold pressed from the whole fruit and seeds of the tropical tree Azadirachta indica, also known as the Indian Lilac. Once only found in the Indian Subcontinent where many families cultivated trees in their garden for their wide range of medicinal, Indian Lilac is now cultivated worldwide.
Neem oil is loaded with nutrients. It is used in many lotions, creams soaps and when making cosmetics. Neem may be beneficial for eczema prone skin and for people who suffer from psoriasis and acne. Its astringent properties may help minor cuts and wounds.
Pure Neem oil is very potent and care should be taken with using it undiluted on the skin. It also has a strong smell.
For topical use for dry and damaged skin, dilute Neem with coconut oil and add a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil to make it more gentle on the skin and more pleasantly scented.
Neem oil can help with the redness and inflamation of sunburn. Although not a cure for either condition, Neem can also soothe skin affected by eczema and psoriasis (being careful to test if undiluted use is tolerated, or to dilute if needed). The protective layer formed over the skin by applying Neem oil prevents the skin from drying out and so reduces the risk of infection because of skin being broken by scratching. Neem (dilutes with coconut or almond oil if needed) has been seen to be helpful in the treatment of fungal skin problems such as Athlete’s Foot, Ringworm and soreness or indection occurring in folds of skin.
For control of dandruff a teaspoon of Neem, warmed and massaged into the scalp will help to control flakiness. Neem oil should be diluted with coconut oil for sensitive scalps. As an insecticide, Neem can be effective against head lice when applied and left on the hair overnight.
Hair that can become frizzy when wet is much improved when treated with neem oil. When applied to the hair, neem oil forms a thin shield that prevents the hair from absorbing water from the environment, making it much more manageable.
The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of Neem oil may be beneficial to infected nails. The oil should be applied neat to the affected areas with a cotton bud two or three times daily for up to five days. If no improvement is seen it is important to visit a doctor or chiropodist.
Cotton balls dipped in Neem may deter insects and it can also be wiped along window and door frames to make entering the home unattractive. A few drops in cleaning products can help to prevent mould and mildew.
To control insects, mould and fungal issues with house and garden plants mix two teaspoons of neem per gallon of water with a few drops of washing up liquid to allow the Neem oil to mix into the water. This solution can then be sprayed onto plants to end current attacks and to protect them.