Neem oil benefits human and animal health. It’s is an Ayurvedic herb that is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial, and possesses unique qualities that set it apart from other herbs.
Neem oil is cold pressed from the seeds of neem tree (azadica indica), which grows in India. It has a pungent aroma and a bitter taste. The medicinal properties of the neem tree have been well known to the people of India and Pakistan for thousands of years, and it’s gaining popularity in the West.
Perhaps, its most common use in India is in dental applications. There it is sometimes called “the toothbrush tree,” because it is common for people to pull a twig off of the neem tree, chew the end to form “bristles” and use the twig as a highly effective toothbrush. In the West, neem is added to toothpaste. A small dab of neem oil on sore or injured gums can heal them almost overnight.
Neem oil is also commonly added to a variety of creams and salves. Neem oil benefits a broad spectrum of skin diseases including eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles, rashes and dandruff. A few drops can be added to healing salves and shampoo.
Neem Oil Benefits – Birth Control
One of the most interesting uses for neem oil is as a birth control method for men. A study was conducted using married Indian soldiers. Several drops of neem oil were placed in a capsule and swallowed by the soldiers once per day. The neem oil did not take effect until after three months, but the results were 100% effective in preventing contraception with no side effects.
It has also been shown to be effective as a powerful spermicide. Neem oil is an ingredient in some natural spermicidal products. Neem does not work on the hormones, but rather it works to inhibit the flagellation of the sperm, rendering them incapable of reaching an ovum.
Neem Oil Benefits – Bug Repellent
Neem oil is highly effective as a mosquito repellent. Because of its unpleasant smell, it is best when it is added to a formula with other essential oils, such as citronella.
Neem oil is an effective and environmentally safe pesticide when it is diluted and sprayed on crops through irrigation systems. It is a healthier alternative to artificial chemical pesticides. Neem oil does not harm the soil and it increases yields.
A comprehensive book on the subject, entitled Neem, The Ultimate Herb, by John Conrick, provides more information about the grades of neem oil available, how it is processed and more applications.
Neem oil has a low toxicity level in humans, however, prolonged oral use is reputed to lead to the possibility of liver damage or infertility. Otherwise, it has few contraindications.