Neem is a multipurpose herb grown throughout India. People often refer to it as “plant with a promise” because of its incredible  medicinal properties of curing illness, skin issues, and keeping away pests.

This magnificent oil has numerous benefits for both therapeutic and medicinal use. Similar to tea tree oil, this oil is anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal. It is commonly used in creams, dental products, hair care products, and in gardens for natural pest control.

10 uses for Neem Oil

  1. Cuts and Wounds
    Mix with olive oil in a ratio of 1:5 and apply to affected area.
  2. Stop mosquitoes breeding
    Spray or pour oil on all breeding areas.
  3. Place in Lamp oil to ward off mosquitoes
    Add neem oil to any lamp oil and burn lamp to keep mosquitoes away.
  4. Dandruff, lice and itchy scalp
    Add a few drops to your regular shampoo to beat dandruff or itchy scalp. Neem oil is also a safe way to remove head lice. Other chemical products to remove lice can lead to many undesired side effects on the scalp.
  5. Making Natural Pesticides, Fungicides And Germicides
    Neem also can be used in the production of pesticides, fungicide and germicide which makes it a valuable  for agricultural purposes. Neem’s active ingredients inhibit the growth of insects by interrupting their life cycle.
  6. Fights ageing skin and acne
    Neem contains high level of antioxidants which protect the skin from environmental damage. It also contains carotenoids which provide high antioxidants that defend the skin against age promoting free radicals. Neem is ideal for acne prone skin because it clears up acne and removes bacteria within the pimple that cause breakouts.
  7. Dental Care
    Dental care products like toothpaste, mouthwash, and rinse contains neem oil as it has antiseptic properties which keep teeth and gum healthy and infection free. Add oil to mouthwash or toothpaste for healthy gums.
  8. Prevent ticks and fleas on animals
    Add a few drops to your normal pet shampoo to keep away fleas and bugs on your animals.
  9. House Cleaning
    Add to carpet shampoos and spray mattresses to kill dust mites.
  10. Soothe Dry Skin & Eczema
    Neem has the ability to reduce inflammation and heal abrasions so can be very soothing for eczema sufferers. This oil also is high in important fatty acids and vitamin E that quickly penetrate outer layers of skin which makes it extremely effective in healing dry and damaged skin.

References:

Essential Oil Guide 

Mountain Rose Herbs

 

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