Neem Oil Benefits For Skin, Hair, Health, Gardening, Insects

Neem Oil has been used for thousands of years in cosmetic and medical applications. The oil is pressed from the seeds, leaves, stems and bark of the evergreen Neem tree which grows in India — and it is known as “the village pharmacy.”  In fact, the term neem means “bestower of good health” in Sanskrit.

Ways to Use Neem Oil

Neem Oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties which make it useful for medicinal applications.  Vitamins and antioxidants it contains also make it ideal for cosmetic purposes, and it is often found in face creams, toothpaste and shampoos. There are a variety of day-to-day applications Neem Oil can be used for as well.

Neem Oil Benefits For Skin, Hair, Health, Gardening, Insects

Dental Care

The antiseptic properties of neem oil make is useful for gum and dental care. Using neem leaf extract may help reduce plaque and the bacteria that cause oral diseases like gingivitis.

Anti-Aging

Neem oil contains vitamins and antioxidants that can help skin retain its elasticity. It can help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, as well as fight the effects of free radicals.

Acne

Neem oil’s anti-inflammatory properties may be able to help reduce the redness and inflammation of acne. The antiseptic properties can also help control the bacteria that contribute to the condition.

Eczema / Psoriasis Treatment

The vitamin E and fatty acids in neem oil deeply moisturize the skin and add a layer of protection against environmental damage. Neem oil also helps reduce inflammation and can prevent infection from the broken and irritated skin eczema and psoriasis may cause.

Pest Control

If you’re looking for natural pest control in your garden, neem oil is the solution. This oil is a natural pesticide that can be used as organic pest control. (You can also use basil essential oil to repel mosquitos)

Pet Care

Since neem oil is safe for use on pests, it is often used in pet products to fight fleas, ticks and lice. You can also apply it in small amounts directly to pets and to their sleeping area.

Insect Repellent

Neem oil is good for repelling fleas and ticks from your pets, and it is equally useful for repelling insects, like mosquitoes, away from you. Neem oil is good for your skin, too, so it is an ideal replacement for unnatural chemicals such as DEET.

Cleaning

Cleaning a stain off of fabric is one thing, but cleaning bacteria off of fabric is another. Spraying your carpets, mattress and other fabric items with a neem oil spray can help kill bacteria, mites and fungi.

Ulcers

Neem oil has been shown to be effective in treating peptic ulcers. The bark extract lowers the levels of stomach acid, thus helping to heal current ulcers and prevent new ones from forming.

Birth Control

Neem oil has been used as birth control for thousands of years. It is said to kill sperm, and when it’s applied internally, is said to be effective and safe as birth control.   It is said not to use Neem Oil if you are pregnant or TTC!

Fungus

Neem oil is highly anti-fungal and has been proven to kill a variety of fungi. Apply directly to athlete’s foot, ringworm and nail fungus to clear the infection.

Diabetes

Studies have shown neem oil can help control blood sugar levels. Therefore, it can help to control type 2 diabetes.

The Neem tree and its oil has a variety of uses in everyday life. You can use this oil to make your own soaps, shampoos, skin creams and more. If you haven’t added Neem Oil to your daily routine, now is a good time to try it.

Ali Lawrence is a kombucha tea-sipping writer who focuses on DIY projects and healthy living via her family blog Homey Improvements. Find her on Twitter at @DIYfolks. She (nor myself) is not a medical doctor so be sure to consult your physician before trying these remedies!