How do you use Neem?
My latest pursuit in all things natural and skin related is Neem oil. The Neem tree is native to India and is a major ingredient used in Ayurvedic treatments. It touts a history of thousands of years in maintaining health and well-being. The plant itself is versatile and can be utilized from root to leaf for both internal and external applications.
It seemed like all at once everything pointed to Neem. I have been nursing a sick plant back to health and first got some for this ailing friend. About a week later, my naturopath recommended trying Neem tablets to help with skin issues. As usually happens at this time, I end up delving head first into my own research. I see all sorts of applications for topical treatments that look promising as well. With its’ antibacterial properties and inhibition of the growth of acne-causing bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), it seems like something that could become an integral part of my formulations.
Among the common uses, I see it as a treatment for dryness and itching in hair, healing wounds, suppressing acne, and combating bacterial infections like boils and ulcers, as well as a prevention treatment for blemishes and eczema.
My questions for YOU:
- How are you using Neem?
- What are your favorite topical recipes?
- With what oils do you use it in conjunction?
- Do you have favorite brands, sources, forms?
I’d love to hear your experiences and recommendations. Please share in the comments below. I’ll follow up with my thoughts and hopefully have some good recipes to post!