Neem Oil a Blessed Gift Of Nature
Neem Oil is considered as a sacred gift of nature and has been used for health, wellbeing, agriculture and many other purposes for over 4000 years particularly in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system in India.
In Sanskrit, the word for Neem is “nimba” means “good health” or also called “one tree pharmacy”.
Neem Oil offers a wide range of benefits such as termite and pest control, pet care or as an organic pesticide and natural insecticide.
Nowadays, Neem Oil is trending natural product and can be found in grocery stores, local shops, medicinal stores, beauty salons, aromatherapy centers etc.
Neem oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency).
Caution: contact a physician before any health purpose.
The content of this page is for information purpose only.
Keep out of the reach of children, pregnant women, weak people.
NeemO is a ready to use product or a base for preparation (See below).
Validity : stable if stored in a dark and cool place.
Principal active components: Azadirachtin A, B and other Triterpenoids saponins.
Contain also: Omega-9 fatty acid, Omega-6 fatty acid, Omega-3 fatty acid, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid, Palmitoleic acid
emollients, Vitamin E.
Neem Oil Properties
According to Ayurveda and some modern scientific sources Neem Oil could offer the following healing properties:
Wellbeing & Heath
Pure Neem Oil application has rarely reported skin irritation. If you have a dry or sensitive skin or for a daily care then you should dilute the neem oil (keep 2 to 30%) for an example with other oil(s) such as Coconut, olive or Sesame.
Rub on the skin of the sick directly or diluted.
Internal intake of neem Oil should be done only after a physician consultation.
Short-term oral use may be suggestible, but long-term use of neem oil internally is not advisable.
Neem Oil could Support health for:
- Skin: eczema, acne, psoriasis, itching, urticarial….
- Lungs, sinus: congestion/infection
- Blood, Liver (Cleanses and strengthens)
- eye (inflammation or heat)
- Candida (Reduces overgrowth)
- Urine (tract infections)
- pancreas (high blood sugar)
- Wound (infection)
- menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding)
- Diarrhea (infection)
- arthritis (inflammatory type)
- Intestinal worms
- Birth control
Cosmetic, Skin & Hair Care
Neem oil can be used directly, diluted with oil or in soap, shampoo or cream.
- improves general skin health, moisture and immunity
- contains antioxidants that help protect skin from aging.
- rejuvenate skin cells and restore elasticity.
- maintains a glowing skin and elasticity while combating infections.
Note that you should not go under direct sunlight just after applying pure neem oil on your skin.
A DIY easy formula:
- 50 ml of NeemO
- 200 ml of coconut oil
- 5 drops pure lemongrass (to mask the strong smell of neem oil)
Add a couple of drops to liquid hand soap for antibacterial properties.
Applying neem oil on face pulls out impurities and tightens facial skin pores making the skin look healthy.
Neem helps in strengthening hair quality and promotes growth of hair.
Can treat dandruff, itchy scalp, head lice, split ends, frizzy hair.
Nourish and moisture dry hair.
A DIY easy formula:
- 50 ml of NeemO
- 200 ml of coconut oil
- 5 drops of Citronella essential oil
Apply from time to time in presence of mosquitos.
Oral Hygiene: Mouthwash, toothpaste
Dilute with coconut Oil (30%/70%).
Gargle for a couple of minutes and spit.
Or apply one drop directly to the teeth or gums and brush.
Add to carpet shampoos and spray mattresses to kill dust mites, bacteria and parasites.
Neem oil is now generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency).
Neem oil is biodegradable so that the treatment on cultures will let no traces in the environment.
Add an emulsifying agent or an Eco-friendly detergent and dilute with water while mixing.
Spray the plant for both treatment and prevention.
Neem Oil based pesticides and insecticides are the most efficient eco-friendly treatment for crops, vegetables, trees, plants and flowers.
Work on aphids, mealy bugs, whitefly, termites, mites, nematodes, etc.
Neem oil act in different ways. It can kill directly many little parasites on contact.
It changes physiology so that the pests are damaged growth, become barren, will not eat. For instance caterpillars fail to metamorphose.
Basically Neem Oil is also an insect repellent.
Neem Oil based termite control solution protects construction, wood, bamboo, rattan and all organic material from subterranean termites, wood worms and powder post beetles.
Neem Oil acts as :
a repellent : disgusting environment for insects.
a barrier : Termites cannot cross so that the treated area cuts off the queen and disorganizes the colony.
a termite exterminator : Neem contaminate the pests that cross the treated area by destroying the digestive, growth and reproduction system of the termites. The larvae cannot survive so the colony will be eliminated.
Get more information on Freemite designed as a Neem oil based anti-termite made with NeemO.
Efficient and safe for ticks, fleas, mange mites and other pests.
Use diluted in pet shampoo. Just add 5 to 20% of Neem Oil to your Pet Shampoo
or rub a drop of pure neem oil on wounds, ticks or sick skin.
Cleans the environment of your pet (antiseptic) by simply spaying neem oil diluted around.
Can be done every week.
References & Ressources
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