Azadirachta indica, more commonly known as the Neem trees. The plant and the many Neem oil uses have played an important part of Ayurvedic medicine (one of the world’s oldest holistic “whole-body” healing systems. Neem oil is commonly available and offers numerous benefits.
Neem oil extract from leaves is rich in wellness and medicinal properties, and acts as many functions:
This is why cosmetic/pharmaceutical grade neem oil is used frequently in over-the-counter medications and personal care products. Industrial grade neem oil is a valuable active ingredient in natural products for care of the home and yard.
To reap the benefits of neem azadirachta indica, look for products that contain the neem leaf extract, add it to the products you already use and/or learn how to make your own healthy, natural neem oil products.
Here are 17+ great Azadirachta Indica Neem Oil Uses and ideas to get you started.
1. Protect Your Skin And Fight Aging
Cosmetic/pharmaceutical grade pure Neem oil is chock full of carotenoids and antioxidants that help protect your skin against the ravages of free radicals, which cause signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots.
2. Heal & Moisturize
For any type of skin, at any time neem extracts provids excellent moisturizing and healing benefits. It is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids that help improve skin elasticity and provide and retain moisture.
3. Treat Acne With Neem Oil
It may seem strange to use essential oils on acne, but one of the truly remarkable things about neem seed oil is the fact that it is perfect for all types of skin.
The natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents in the extract of neem help reduce the redness, swelling and pain associated with acne outbreaks. The fatty acids moisturize and nourish the skin, while the antibacterial properties fight the bacteria that cause acne.
4. Treat And Prevent Scars
Treating acne outbreaks with neem oil helps treat old acne scars and prevents new scars from forming. Likewise, it makes one of the best neem oil benefits when used to treat scars caused by injury.
While it can be used with good effect on existing stretch marks, you should be aware that you should not use neem oil if you are trying to conceive or if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.
5. Relieve Eczema And Psoriasis Symptoms
Although these two disorders are caused by a genetic predisposition, it is possible to reduce and manage symptoms with proper care. Neem oil soaks into the skin deeply and also provides a protective barrier to promote healing.
Just as with acne, the Vitamin E, fatty acids, anti-inflammatory agents and analgesic properties of neem oil can help condition the skin and reduce redness, swelling, itching and pain. Its antiseptic properties help prevent skin infections that can complicate and cause outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis.
6. Neem Addresses Simple Dryness Problems
Because this rich oil does soak in deeply and thoroughly, it is very effective for skin care in treating extremely dry skin. Add a few drops of neem oil extract to your existing lotion or cream to add an extra, moisturizing barrier between your skin and extreme cold, heat and/or environmental toxins.
7. Effective Antifungal Agents
The compounds known as nimbidol and gedunin found in neem oil are effective antifungal agents. This is why many over-the-counter antifungal medications contain neem.
You can boost the effectiveness of your OTC anti-fungal cream by adding a few drops of neem seed oil, or you can simply try using neem oil on its own to fight ringworm, athlete’s foot and nail fungus. Understand that you must use pure neem consistently and over a long period of time to see positive results in fighting off fungal infections.
8. Neem Oil Can Lighten And Even Out Your Skin Tone
Because neem products act to hamper the production of melanin which causes dark pigmentation, neem oil applied topically, consistently, on an ongoing basis can lighten freckles and age spots, help even out pigmentation and/or lighten your complexion overall.
9. Neem Oil Tames Frizzies And Conditions Your Hair
Rub a few drops between the palms of your hands and stroke neem oil through your hair to tame frizzy hair and impart an attractive shine. Use neem oil for hair and scalp to experience great results.
10. Boost Conditioning Power
Add a few drops of neem oil to your shampoo and conditioner to boost your products’ conditioning power and add bounce and shine to your hair.
11. Condition Your Scalp
Condition your scalp by applying neem oil combined with coconut oil or olive oil directly to the scalp prior to washing. Massaging the oil into your scalp will also help increase blood circulation and open up pores, which may help stimulate hair growth.
[Read: 12 Great Ways To Improve Your Hair & Scalp With Neem Oil]
12. Treat dandruff!
Adding neem oil to your hair products and using it as a scalp conditioner will also help prevent, treat and even eliminate dandruff.
13. Neem Oil A Good, Safe, Natural Treatment Alternative For Head Lice or Head Louse
Regular use of hair products containing the oil may help prevent infestation. Treatment after the fact is a lengthy and involved process; however, use of this natural oil is preferable to use of toxic chemicals for many very good reasons.
14. Hot Oil Treatment For Hair
By combining a few drops of neem oil and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil you can create an effective, affordable, all-natural hot oil treatment to treat and correct dry hair and split ends.
15. Treat Minor Cuts And Abrasions
You can use neem oil just like an antibiotic ointment to treat small injuries.
16. Neem Oil Use In The Garden An Excellent All-Natural Insecticide
Use industrial grade Neem oil spray in your yard and garden as an excellent all-natural pesticide. Purchase the product online or at your local garden center. Be sure to follow package instructions carefully.
NOTE: Beware that a neem oil insecticide can also kill beneficial insects.
Penn State suggest using neem oil for lawn grub worm control. Another study showed combining Neem with diatomaceous earth gave the best control of aphids on artichokes.
17. Repel A Wide Variety Of Insects Including Cockroaches, Silverfish and More…
Use industrial grade neem oil full strength to paint a thin line around your doorways and windows to help repel a wide variety of insects.
Soak cotton balls with industrial grade neem oil and tuck them into the backs of cabinets, under appliances and into other out-of-the-way places to repel cockroaches, ants, silverfish and other unwanted pests.
Combine Organic Neem with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for a more powerful insect repellent!
18. Treat Fungal Infestations In Your Yard And Garden
Follow packaging instructions on industrial grade neem oil to treat fungal infestations in your yard and garden. This product is very useful for treating problems such as:
- Black Spot
- Sooty Mold
- Root Rot
- Powdery Mildew
19. Repel Fleas And Ticks With Neem Oil
Add a few drops of neem oil to your dog’s shampoo to kill and repel fleas and ticks. You can also create an all-natural flea spray by combining a dozen drops of neem oil, half-a-dozen drops of dish soap and a cup of warm water. Don’t make too much at once. You should use it up within a couple of days while the neem scent is still strong.
This Is Just A Start!
While this may seem like a lot of ways to use neem oil, the truth is that these 17+ tips just scratch the surface. Between cosmetic pharmaceutical grade oil and industrial grade oil, there are hundreds of thrifty, practical ways to use this versatile, valuable product. Check out our other articles to learn even more.
Neem oil is one of nature’s wonderful plants and carrier oils with amazing health benefits just like tea tree oil, coconut oil, avocado and witch hazel.