Earning the nickname “village pharmacy,” the neem tree is considered to be full of health benefits. From the tree's seeds, which are best known for producing the beneficial oil, to the tree's bark, leaves, roots, flowers, and fruits which are also used to make medicine that is applied topically.
On top of all this, it is a natural, organic insecticide that can chase bad bugs from your garden and keep them off your skin.
In the ancient Ayurvedic tradition, these parts of the tree (bark, leaves, roots, flowers) were consumed from tea infusions, The twigs of the tree were used to maintain oral hygiene, and the leaves were used in salads or cooked with vegetables. Neem gum was used to make dry throat lozenges, and its fruits were consumed for their sweet pulp.
It is no secret that the uses of neem oil are abundant. Keep reading to find out how you can use neem oil.
TRADITIONAL USES OF NEEM OIL FOR YOUR SKIN (PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS)
- Neem Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that were traditionally used to decrease high body temperatures, and relieve joint and muscular discomfort caused by rheumatic illnesses.
- Neem Oil can was traditionally used as a toner to restore moisture to the face while also removing microorganisms beneath the skin's surface, resulting in skin that looks and feels healthier and younger. Ensure you combine coconut oil and neem oil before applying to dry skin.
- For treating acne, dilute neem oil with olive oil before being applied to the face. Leave on the face for one hour and wash off.
- Traditionally, apply neem oil to regulate melanin production and brighten skin regions damaged by hyperpigmentation.
- Neem oil was used to destroy skin parasites like scabies. Soaking in bath water infused with neem oil or dabbing neem oil on areas of affected skin for 15 minutes can reduce itching and inflammation.
- Neem oil was used to remove warts by applying it directly to the affected areas once daily until the warts have vanished. This method of application was also found to be effective for soothing other skin conditions such as cold sores, eczema, psoriasis, and fungal skin conditions.
USES OF NEEM OIL FOR YOUR NAILS AND FEET
- Traditionally they would dip fingers and toenails in one to two drops of neem oil to help treat infections naturally, using this method two to three times per day until the infection was gone.
- They also added neem oil to a tub of warm water for a foot soak to eliminate Athlete's Foot fungus.
USES OF NEEM OIL FOR YOUR HAIR
NEEM OIL FOR INSECTS AND BUGS
In addition to all these benefits for skin, scalp and more, neem oil was traditionally used as an insecticide. Even today it is mixed with water (about 25:1) and sprayed on plants to keep insects away.
People also mix neem oil or powder with shea butter or coconut oil and apply it to keep mosquitoes and bugs away.
Neem oil has several compounds that are beneficial to the skin, such as fatty acids and antioxidants. The fatty acids in neem oil include palmitic, linoleic, and oleic acids, all of which support good skin. As a result, the oil is widely used in skin care products.
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