Neem oil is extracted from Azadirachta indica , an India native plant and Burma and is used to treat inflammation and bacterial and viral infections due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic properties, which make it a panacea in case of arthritis, muscle pain, psoriasis , mycosis, but also dermatitis and herpes virus.
Neem oil is also rich in vitamin E and fatty acids and is used in cosmetics for the preparation of creams with antioxidant power. It can also be an excellent remedy for acneic skin, as well as being useful for hair care: it helps in the case of dandruff, promotes hair regrowth and is used to prevent pediculosis (lice formation) that often affects children.
Neem oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine and in the preparation of cosmetics. It can be used only for topical use: it should not be ingested because it could cause side effects. Its applications are curative or cosmetic: it is used pure, mixed with other vegetable oils or by adding a few drops to creams, soaps and shampoos.
Properties and benefits of neem oil
Acts against inflammation : neem oil contains catechins and limonoids which make it suitable for arthritis and muscle pain by massaging it directly on the affected areas. Its anti-inflammatory action is also useful in the case of rosacea , as well as treating some gum inflammations, preventing the risk of pyorrhea. A few drops in hot water, with the addition of a few mint leaves, make neem oil an excellent remedy to cure colds. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also useful in case of earache even if caused by otitis: insert a hot drop in the ear before going to bed.
Helps fight bacteria and viruses : neem oil contains some substances including nimbine and triterpenes which give it antibacterial and antiviral properties. It therefore also performs an action against viruses and bacteria which, combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, makes this oil a panacea for the treatment of acneic skin due to dermatitis and cold sores. Its action against bacteria is also useful in case of gingivitis: it will be enough to make rinses by adding 2 or 3 drops of neem oil to a glass of water.
Promotes healing : neem oil is widely used in the case of dermatitis and psoriasis thanks to vitamin E and fatty acids that play a healing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory action, helping the healing process even in the case of fissures and hemorrhoids . For this important action it is also used in case of burns and burns because it promotes healing by stimulating tissue reconstruction.
Fights fungus and mycosis : neem oil also performs an antifungal action useful to treat warts and nail infections caused by fungi, such as onychomycosis: just apply a few drops on the areas to be treated. It can also be used as an adjunct in the treatment of candida, adding a few drops to the intimate cleanser.
Mother tincture to treat various diseases : the mother tincture, which is obtained by maceration of the neem plant in an alcoholic solution, has proved useful in case of hypertension. It therefore helps to reduce blood pressure and to regularize heart beats. It also keeps blood glucose levels under control, helping those suffering from diabetes. The mother tincture is also useful to promote digestion and resolve intestinal problems caused by pathogenic microorganisms.
Neem oil for hair
Recipe against lice
If head lice are suspected and there is already an itch in the head, we can prepare an oil to eradicate this annoying parasite.
It will be sufficient to wash the hair with a neutral shampoo and take a vial of neem oils where we will add a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil.
We will cover the hair the whole length, from the base of the hair to the ends and we will leave it to act for at least 15 minutes, better if we have the patience to reach 30 minutes.With warm water rinse and remove the pack.
In this way the lice will be eliminated and when the hair is dry you will be able to remove any eggs and the remains of the lice with the special comb.
The advice is to carry out this treatment on the 1st day, the 3rd day, the 5th day on the 7th day and the 14th day so that if some eggs still hatch we will be sure to eliminate all the lice.
Another secret is to put on a perfume or a diluted essential oil, a sweet-scented fragrance.It will be enough to apply it behind the ears on the skin and the lice will hardly come back because the smell is unwelcome to lice.
Thanks to the high percentage of oleic , stearic and palmitic acid , Neem oil is able to integrate the lipid layer of the epidermis , hindering skin microevaporation , one of the causes of dry dandruff phenomena.
How to use Neem oil in case of dandruff
Neem oil can be used pure but due to its rather strong smell, it is often diluted in other vegetable oils and to which essential oils can be added, including tea tree oil, particularly indicated in case of dandruff.For example, you can prepare an anti-dandruff oil by mixing together:
> 30 ml of Neem oil
> 70 ml of coconut oil slightly heated in a bain-marie
> 10 drops of essential Tea Tree oil
Once warm, this oil should be massaged onto the scalp and left on for about thirty minutes; then proceed with the shampoo.An even simpler and faster alternative is to add a teaspoon of Neem oil to the shampoo bottle to be used for normal washing.
Neem oil for acne
Thanks to its active ingredient, neem oil is excellent for treating acne, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that manage to inactivate some bacteria, including the strafilococcus aureus, responsible for the formation of pimples and abscesses.
It moisturizes the skin and prevents wrinkles : neem oil also has cosmetic properties and is used in many products for beauty and personal care such as creams, lotions and bubble bath, thanks to its moisturizing and nourishing action. It also contains vitamin E and fatty acids which give it antioxidant properties that help prevent skin aging by preventing wrinkles and protecting the skin from environmental damage. Carotenoids help fight the damaging effects of free radicals.
Neem oil is also used to prevent stretch marks and is often inserted even inside toothpastes performing an antibacterial and anti-plaque action. Furthermore, applied to the nails, it strengthens and softens the cuticles.
How to use neem oil
Neem oil can be used pure, mixed with other vegetable oils such as mandola oil and jojoba oil, or by inserting a few drops into shampoo, shower gel and face and body creams to take advantage of its beneficial effects. everyday. But let’s see in detail how to use it.
On the skin with acne : to treat acne skin with neem oil just apply it pure or diluted in another vegetable oil (1 drop every 10 ml of oil) on the area to be treated. In case of severe acne you can dab the oil on the single pimple and add 4 or 5 drops of neem oil to the face cream to be applied in the morning and evening.
Hair pack with dandruff : to combat dandruff, you can prepare a pack of neem oil by mixing a few drops with another oil, such as almond or jojoba. Apply it on the hair and comb it, then cover the head with a cap or an ascigamano and let it work all night long. The next day, wash your hair with the shampoo to which you have added 3 drops of neem oil
Treatment for oily hair: with neem oil we can also prepare a simple remedy for oily hair by applying a few drops directly to the scalp and gently massaging it. Leave for 5/10 minutes and then proceed with the shampoo. Repeat at least 2 times a month.
Pack to prevent hair loss: neem oil also helps stimulate blood circulation helping hair regrowth: just massage the head with 5 or 6 drops of oil for at least 15 minutes and leave for an hour before proceed with the shampoo. This treatment will also help to have less brittle, softer and brighter hair.
Pack to relieve itching and inflammation in case of psoriasis: in the case of psoriasis, just massage a few drops of neem oil for at least 15 minutes, leave to act for an hour and then rinse. For scalp psoriasis you can prepare a pack with 20 drops of neem oil, 20 of lavender essential oil and 20 drops of essential eucalyptus oil: mix them and apply them on the scalp, massaging gently until absorbed and then rinse. It will relieve burning and itching.
In addition, a few drops are enough to benefit from the effects of the neem oil’s active ingredients:
to treat wounds: in the case of small wounds but also to treat hemorrhoids and to soothe the skin after depilation, just apply 5 to 10 drops, depending on the extent of the area to be treated, gently smearing.
as a massage oil: in case of rheumatic or muscular pains it takes about 10 drops to be applied at least once a day with a massage until the oil is completely absorbed.
in case of mycosis: in case of mycosis of both skin and nails, it will be necessary to use a soap based on neem oil for cleansing, to then apply 2 or 3 drops on the area to be treated.
Neem oil, where do you buy?
Neem oil can be purchased in pharmacies, herbalists and online. A 30 ml pack costs less. Often, due to its pungent smell, we find it for sale already mixed with essential oils. As an alternative to oil you can buy the mother tincture in larger packs, 250 ml. In the mother tincture the unpleasant odor of this oil is reduced but the concentration of the active ingredients also decreases.
Neem oil on Amazon is available at very affordable prices and in very practical formats.
Neem oil, if used correctly, has no contraindications. Side effects may occur following excessive and continuous use: skin sensitization resulting in redness, burning and itching.
Allergic reactions may occur even from the first applications: in these cases stop using them immediately. Allergic subjects could do a small test before using it: put a drop of neem oil in the crook of the elbow, leaving it to work for 24 hours. Even those who are usually not allergic can do a test by putting 5 drops on the hand, leaving them to act for an hour. In both cases: if there is a slight redness it can be used in small doses, if instead the area becomes irritated it is better not to use it.
Neem oil contains a substance, azadirachina, which performs an insecticidal action that makes it contraindicated to pregnant women, especially in the first months, because it could favor a miscarriage. But it is also not recommended for those who are planning to have a child because it could prevent conception.