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15 Creative and Super Easy Ways to Use Neem Oil
The neem tree is grown all over India and other parts of Asia. It’s sometimes called the Margosa tree and its botanical name is azadirachta indica. The oil from this tree has been used for its medicinal uses for ages. In fact due to its exceptional properties, it is often referred to as “the plant with a promise”.
In ancient Vedas, this tree was believed to be able to cure every illness or physical ailment. Every part of the tree is used and is very beneficial. Neem oil has antifungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-bacterial properties. It can treat infections and improve the immune system. This oil has been used in India for centuries because it works so well and because it is completely safe and non-toxic.
Neem oil is a vegetable oil that can vary in color from light tan to dark brown. It has a terribly bitter taste so you wouldn’t want to drink it but the benefits of the oil from this tree are many.
Take a look at the top 15 uses you will want to try neem oil yourself.
1. Cleaning agent
Most people would never think of using neem oil this way but this is perhaps the perfect oil for cleaning your carpet and mattress. Cleaning the surface dirt is one thing, but how do you kill the bacteria, especially the dust mites living in your mattress? Add some neem oil to your carpet shampoo machine! You can clean your mattress by adding some neem oil to a spray bottle, spray the mattress and then rub it in with a sponge. This should kill all mites, fungi, and bacteria that might have made your carpet or mattress their home base. Read more about natural cleaning agents.
2. Great for viral issues
A paste made from neem powder can be applied directly to herpes, warts, or other types of viral breakouts on the skin. If you can’t find neem powder, apply a few drops of neem oil to some Vaseline or olive oil and apply that to the affected area.
3. Great for pet care
Neem oil is great for naturally repelling ticks and fleas on your cat or dog. It can also help to manage hot spots, mange, scabies, and other skin problems on your pet. Neem oil can actually kill ticks and lice. Add neem oil to shampoo products, lather up your pet, and those fleas and ticks are dead and gone! You can also mix neem oil with some water in a spray bottle and spray pet beds, rugs, and areas where your pets sleep or like to hang around and kill fleas there as well. Apply this about every two weeks for a two month period and your flea infestation should be taken care of, naturally.
4. Supports the immune system
With its antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, neem oil is also rich in antioxidants, which will fight off the damage that free radicals cause to cells and often leads to illness and premature aging. Nagging coughs can be stopped by adding a teaspoon of neem oil to water or juice and drinking this mixture. It’s completely harmless and has no side effects other than a bitter taste so don’t be afraid to drink it, just hold your nose and drink it quickly! Find out more oils for the immune system.
5. Gets rid of fungal infections
When you think of things like ring worm, athletes foot, or toenail fungus, think neem oil. Neem oil is one of the world’s most powerful anti-fungal agents available. Using this natural oil will be better for your health rather than using those over the counter, chemical laden creams. The compounds in neem oil will kill the fungi that cause these types of infections. In fact, tests have shown that neem oil effectively kills more than 14 different types of fungi.
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