Neem oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the neem tree and has a strong sulfur-like aroma, with powerful healing properties and a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine.
Neem oil contains the nutrients and antioxidants vitamin E, C, linoleic acid, oleic acid, carotenoids and quercetin, as well as the active compounds nimbidin, nimbin and azadirachtin. These constituents give neem oil its potent anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and insect repelling properties that make it a must-have oil.
It is a hydrating skin oil that can treat wounds, infections, redness, inflammation, acne, pigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used on the hair and scalp to treat dry hair, dandruff, lice and itchy scalp.
Neem oil is an excellent oil to repel insects in your home and to use on pets to treat skin problems and prevent ticks and fleas.
Directions for use
Combine neem oil with a carrier oil in a 1:1 solution before topical use. Massage this blend into the skin, nails, scalp and hair for a moisturizing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory treatment.
To treat lice, massage 5 teaspoons of diluted neem oil into the scalp and hair, put on a shower cap and let it soak in overnight. Comb through the hair the following morning before washing with shampoo.
Make an anti-microbial neem oil spray by combining 1 teaspoon of oil with 2 cups of water and spraying it onto surfaces, furniture, and even your pets’ fur to repel and eradicate ticks, fleas, bed bugs and other pests.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.