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Neem oil comes from the seeds of the tropical neem tree, also known as Indian lilac. Neem oil has been used worldwide as a folk remedy since ancient times and has been used to treat many diseases. Although it has a strong odor, it is rich in fatty acids and other nutrients, and is used in a variety of beauty products such as skin creams, body lotions, hair products, and other cosmetic items. Find out more about neem oil and its he alth benefits below…

Do you know what neem oil is used for?

Fruits of a neem tree

This is what the leaves of the neem tree look like

The Neem Tree

The name "Neem" has its roots in the Sanskrit word "nimba" which means "bestower of good he alth". It was also called "Ravisambha" which means "sunray-like effects in he alth care". In Hindu texts, namely the Vedas, Neem is referred to as "Sarva Roga Nivarini" which means "that which cures all ailments and evils".

The leaves of the neem tree are evergreen, which is why they are available all year round

Overloaded with fruits

The neem tree is said to have been a safe haven for the sun when, according to Indian mythology, it had to flee from the evil powers of demons. It is still believed in India that anyone who has planted at least three neem trees in their lifetime is guaranteed a place in heaven.

The legendary neem tree is held sacred by the people of India and has become a symbol of he alth and protection. As such, it was used to protect food and crops, and served as a natural pesticide and fertilizer.

An old neem tree with a lush crown

What is neem oil?

Neem oil is extracted from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree. These trees mainly grow in the Indian subcontinent.

The oil from the neem tree is rich in fatty acids, like Palmitic, linoleic and oleic acids that support he althy skin. Because of this, it is a popular ingredient in skin care products.

The oil from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree ensures he althy skin

The leaf of the plant also offers he alth benefits. The leaves of the neem tree contain plant compounds called flavonoids and polyphenols, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

Neem oil has also been found to contain azadirachtin, a natural pesticide.

Components of neem oil can be found in many products today. This includes toothpaste, cosmetics, soaps and shampoos for pets.

The oil is a popular ingredient in numerous skin care products on the market

He alth Benefits

In alternative medicine, neem oil is widely used to treat problems like dandruff and dry scalp. In these cases, the oil is usually diluted in a carrier oil, massaged into the scalp and allowed to sit for a period of time (usually 30 minutes or more) before rinsing off.

Neem oil is also used to treat nail fungus and acne.

This oil is also said to soften the skin

Neem oil can also be used as a natural insect repellent. Compounds in the oil, (called azadirachtins), are said to have insecticidal properties.

Although research on the medicinal uses of neem oil is fairly limited, there is some evidence that the oil may have antimicrobial properties. So this oil can destroy microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi or at least inhibit their growth.

A number of studies also show that shampoos containing neem oil can help treat head lice.

Neem products have an antimicrobial effect

How to use neem oil on skin

Make sure you are buying an organic, 100 percent pure, cold-pressed neem oil. It is cloudy and yellowish and has a strong odor reminiscent of mustard, garlic or sulphur. If you don't use it right away, keep it in a cool, dark place.

Before putting the oil on your face, do a test on your arm. If you do not have any signs of an allergic reaction within 24 hours - such as redness or swelling - feel free to use the oil on your skin.

You definitely have an ace up your sleeve with this oil

Pure neem oil is incredibly effective. To treat acne, fungal infections, warts, or birthmarks, use undiluted neem oil to treat the affected area.

Dab the neem oil lightly on the affected areas with a cotton swab or cotton ball and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Then wash off the oil with warm water. Use daily until you get desired results.

Now you can clearly see the difference

Due to neem oil's potency, it's a good idea to mix it with equal parts of a carrier oil - such as jojoba, grapeseed, or coconut oil - if you're using it on larger areas of the face or body, or on sensitive skin.

The carrier oil can also suppress the smell of neem oil, or you can add a few drops of other oils like lavender to enhance the typical neem smell. Once the oils are well blended, use the combination on your face and body like a moisturizer.

You can also mix the neem oil with another carrier oil

If the oil combination seems too oily to you, you can mix a few drops of neem oil with aloe vera gel, which also soothes irritated skin.

Neem oil can also be added to a warm bath.

Possible side effects

There are people who are allergic to neem oil. Because of this, it is important to stop using the oil if you experience itching or reddening of the skin.

In addition, neem oil should not be taken orally unless under the guidance of a qualified herbalist or medical professional.

Stay he althy and draw strength from nature!

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