If you’re new to Neem Oil, you’re in for a wonderful treat!
This versatile oil is extracted from the cold pressed seeds of the Azadirachta indica tree.
The Neem Tree is an evergreen that is part of the Mahogony botanical family called Meliaceae and can be found in dry regions of India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. The tree is very drought resistant.
Pay Attention to the Extraction Method
When you purchase Neem oil, make sure you get organic, cold pressed rather than oil that was obtained by solvent extraction. Solvent extraction produces a lower quality product and is primarily used in soap manufacturing.
The Elephant in the Room: The Smell
Poor Neem. Such a powerful healer and yet, so stinky. To me it smells like something that’s gone off in the kitchen. I can’t even describe it. Maybe a cross between garlic and Vegemite? But let’s face it, in our Febreeze-coated society where we sell products like Fresh Twist Cranberry Air Freshener or Hawaiian Mystical Mountain Breeze body lotion, you can’t expect something natural like Neem oil to be embraced without a little help. I suggest you dilute it with another carrier like Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Wax, or simply add lovely-smelling essential oils. The citrus oils seem to work well to cover the aroma. The important thing to keep in mind is that the benefits of this powerful healer, far outweigh the funky aroma.
Neem Oil Therapeutic Properties and Benefits
Neem Oil contains an important constituent called Azadirachtin which has strong anti-microbial properties and gives it good acne-fighting action. It contains fatty acids like oleic acid and linoleic acid which is one of the reasons the oil is so nourishing for the skin. Among it’s many wonderful properties are antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory activity making it a great choice of carrier for eczema, acne, topical fungal conditions such as athletes foot and toenail fungus. It can be used to treat dandruff, dry, itchy scalp and and restore dry, damaged hair. It is also a good treatment for head lice. It’s a great carrier when making a blend with essential oils to address wounds, cuts, scrapes and bites.
Here are just a few of the many wonderful properties of Neem Oil:
- Can relieve eczema and psoriasis
- Is easily absorbed into the skin
- Moisturizing for both hair and damaged skin
- Gives skin better tone and elasticity
- Has antifungal properties
- Can help with head lice
Eczema Healing Salve Recipe
- 1 oz (28 g) Beeswax
- 1 oz (28 g) Neem Oil
- 1 oz (28 g) Tamanu Oil
- 1 oz (28 g) Calendula Infused Oil (make your own HERE or buy it HERE)
- (2) 2 oz glass jars
- glass stir rod
- Essential Oils (optional) You may wish to try this salve without the essential oils first. If you like it and it seems to be working, you can add the essential oils to help nourish the skin.
10 drops German Chamomile
10 drops Helichrysum
- pyrex cup
- small scale (a food or postage scale will work)
- small bowls for weighing ingredients
- pan with water
Step 1: Stir the beeswax in the pyrex until it’s melted
Step 2: Add the Neem and Tamanu oils and stir
Step 3: Pour into the jars
Step 4: If you wish to add essential oils, do so now and stir with a glass stir rod. Cover with lid.
The Herbal Guy is a wonderful small business owned by Certified Aromatherapist Tyler Yearick who specializes in carrier oils, handmade infused oils and healing salves. All of his high quality infused oils are made with loving attention and care by Tyler. He even makes an outstanding Triple Infused Trauma Oil! If you’re looking for a place to purchase Neem Oil, check his website.