Neem oil is a vegetable oil in the Azadirachta indica evergreen, (Neem tree). It includes a strong mixed odor of garlic and peanut butter. It changes in color from golden yellow, yellow-brown, red-brown, dark brown, green-brown to bright red. At room temperature it remains a liquid. Exposure to cold temperatures, (under fifity-five levels), causes separation, thick consistency and solidification. As a liquid, it quickly absorbs into skin with no greasy feeling.
Neem can be employed in homemade and commercial products for pets and people: soaps, lotions, creams, sprays and shampoos. It’s increasing in popularity in Europe and the USA. Neem bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and oils all have medicinal properties.
The Neem tree grows up to sixty-six feet with wide spreading branches, white fragrant flowers and fruit, similar in look to olives. It thrives in sub-tropical or tropical areas. It’s native to India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Oil Extraction Methods
Neem oil is extracted by cold presing seeds, mechanical pressing, steam pressure or by chemical solvents. It is highly unlikely the exact same combination of compnenets will be generated more than once during extraction. The oil content in Neem seeds is greater than in the leaves.
These oils retaing their taste, aroma and nutritional value.
A petroleum/alcohol solvent is mixed with seeds after drying. Solvents only help to extract oil from the kernel up to a proportion. In addition, Neem seeds might be prerssed. Maxium oil extraction is guaranteed with this method.
Dried Neem seeds are fed into a mechannical pressing machine. Oil is collected in a drum with undesirable particles filtered out. This oil is lighter in colour and odor compared to toher extraction procedures.
Steam and High Pressure
Neem seeds are fed into a steam boiler, causing seeds to sweell. Squeezing the oil gets easier. Oil is pushed in the seeds, as a result of boiler and steam pressure, with no pressing. Unwanted particles are filtered out. This method isn’t like others, because heat degrades taste, nutrional value, colour and might expose toxins.
- Avoid if pregnant or trying to conceive.
- Keep away from children, the old and weak.
- Avoid use with preexisting medical condition. Consult healthcare provider.
- May induce skin sensitivities at elevated concentrations. Test Neem based solution on small area of skin before using on bigger area.
- Neem oil is powerful! It can irritate the skin and scalp. It should always be diluted in carrier oil, soap, lotion, shampoo or buffering agent to minimize risk of aggravation.
Benefits and Homemade Remedies
Inhibit development of viruses.
Neem tea is an herbal tea made from ground leaves, flowers or bark of the Azadirachta indica tree. Relieve colds, coughs, allergies and other upper respiratory disorders. Detoxify the body. A overall ratio of three to five complete leaves per cup of warm water is often preferred. Steep with boiling water from five to fifteen minutes.
High levels of fatty acids and vitamin E restores and rejuvenates skin cells. Increase skin elasticity. Extract skin impurities. Tighten skin pores. Balance skin tone. Prevent and cure acne scars. High degree of antioxidants protect skin from harmful free radicals. Reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, discolorations and uneven skin tone. Exfoliate dead skin cells. Moisturize. Soothe dry itchy skin. Restore natural, youthful, glow to skin.
Skin Care Tip #1
Exfoliate dead skin cells with gentle Neem body scrub.
Skin Skin Care Tip #2
Cleanse with gentle Neem soap.
Skin Care Tip #3
Moisturize. Apply gentle Neem cream before bed.
Inhibit development of fungi. Gedunin and Nimbibol are strong anti-fungal compounds. Combat Athlete’s foot, ringworm and nail fungus. A neem cream can prevent future infections.
Destroy bacteria, microbial and development of microorganisms.
Reduce swelling and inflammation.
Natural Insect Repellent
Repel a range of pests: cabbage worm, mealy bug, locust, beetles, mites, gnats, mushroom flies, fleas, ticks, ants, mosquitos, caterpillars and much more. Neem oil is used for organic farming because of the insect repellent properties.
It isn’t known to damage mammals, birds, earthworms, butterflies, honeybees or ladybugs if it is not concentrated directly in their habitat or in their meals. Neem shampoo and soap are popular with dog owners. Sprays are used on horses, cattle and live stock to repel insects and skin parasites.
Homemade Recipes for Body, Skin and Hair
Homemade Soap Recipes
Soap Making Tips: Neem oil blends well with earthy scents, geranium, cedar wood, florals, sandalwood, lavender and lemongrass. Store oil in cool dark place, away from sun.
1 cup Goat Milk Soap Base (Melt & Pour); 1/4 cup Neem oil; 1/4 cup Water (if needed ); 10 drops Citronella essential oil; 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil; 1 tbsp dried, crushed, Pennyroyal leaves.
Learn the way to make soap using the melt and pour process. Mix all ingredients by stirring vigorously. Pour mix into prepared soap molds or hand mould into different sized chunks. Depending how much additional oil you add, it typically requires a few hours for soap to set up. Use after soap hardens. Congratulations! You’ve simply made a home made soap and natural mosquito repellent!
Homemade Shampoo Recipe
Combine appromimately ten per cent Neem oil with complimentary oils: avocado, olive, coconut, castor and shea butter. This comination of oils will wash hair with a tingly scalp feeling. Rinse hair . Gently towel dry. The hair and scalp get nourishment and conditioning. Moisturize hair, soothe dry scalp, eliminate dandruff and fight pesky bugs, like head lice.