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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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6. Heals and soothes skin
The anti-inflammatory properties in neem oil can help to soothe irritated, dry, or inflamed skin. It’s well known for healing acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Try taking a soothing bath that contain the leaves from this tree, or mix it with some coconut oil and apply it directly to the skin.
7. Kills head lice
You don’t need to buy those chemical laden products from the drug store to kill lice. The chemicals in some of those lice kits can actually burn or irritate the scalp. Why risk those kinds of nasty side effects when all you need to do is apply neem oil to the hair and scalp, cover your head with a shower cap and towel overnight, the use a nit comb to remove the dead lice and nits. Neem oil will not cause allergic reactions, nor will it cause you any of the ugly side effects that chemical products can.
8. Supports liver health
Neem oil will help your live to function properly by helping it to filter out toxins so your liver can work the way it should. Neem oil is also recommended in cases of jaundice.
9. Improves digestion
Neem oil will help to support a health gastrointestinal tract and allow your body to process foods to help stop digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhea.
10. Dandruff remover
Looking for a natural way to cure your dry scalp and dandruff problem? You’ve found it! Many dandruff shampoos use neem oil and regular use can keep dandruff from every forming. Using neem oil shampoo regularly can help dandruff issues, itchy scalp, and psoriasis. Neem oil shampoo is sold in almost all health food stores.
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11. Healthy, shiny hair
While we are talking about hair, weekly applications of neem oil will give you a healthy scalp and beautifully healthy hair. Massage the oil into the scalp and leave overnight or apply it an hour or so before you wash your hair. If you find the smell rather strong, dilute it in some almond, olive, or coconut oil. Regular use of neem oil will solve hair thinning problems and give you stronger, naturally shiny, beautiful hair. Read more about remedies for healthy hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.
12. Natural anti-inflammatory
Need oil has great anti-inflammatory properties and can be used for muscular pains, aching joints, arthritis, and inflamed skin wounds. Warm a mixture of neem oil and coconut or almond oil and massage it into any area that hurts.
13. Kills parasites
Neem oil naturally kills intestinal worms. Try drinking some neem tea or mix a bit of neem oil into some juice to kill intestinal parasites.
14. Supports oral health
Neem oil helps to prevent the gums from becoming inflamed or irritated and kill the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Add a few drops of neem oil in your toothpaste or mouthwash to prevent cavities and gum disease.
15. Cancer treatment
Neem oil has been known to reduce the size of tumors when it is injected directly into the area. Talk to your doctor and see if this method is right for you.
There are many, many more uses for this miracle plant. Don’t use neem for infants or if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant as neem oil can make you abort. Anyone with a history of liver or kidney problems should not use neem oil.
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