Neem oil has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is extracted from the seeds of the Neem tree and has been used to treat skin conditions as well as as a natural pesticide. It is possible to use neem oil to repel insects, but it can also be used in a variety of other ways. Read on to discover more about what is neem oil and its uses.
What is neem oil?
Neem oil is the oil that is extracted from the seeds of the Neem tree. It is a green oil and has been used to cure many skin conditions since ancient times. It is also a natural pesticide and has been used as natural pest control for ages. You can use neem oil in many ways.
Besides using it on your skin, you can also use it as a natural pesticide, to repel insects, and to treat dandruff. You can also use it as a conditioner for your hair, as a face moisturizer, as hair dye, as an antiseptic, and as a bug repellent.
How to make neem oil?
Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree. You can make neem oil at home if you have a few neem seeds. You can use fresh seeds or dried seeds. You just have to follow a few simple steps:
– Take a few neem seeds and soak them in water for 2 days.
– After 2 days, grind the seeds with water. Strain the mixture to remove the seeds and keep the water.
– Place this water in a jar and leave it in the sun for 2 days. The water will turn green and start to smell.
– Now you can use this green water as neem oil.
Why should you use neem oil?
Neem oil is a great product to use as a natural pesticide and to repel insects. It is also great for your skin and hair. If you use it as a conditioner, it will make your hair soft. It also conditions your skin, making it softer and preventing wrinkles.
– It is a natural insect repellent: If you mix neem oil with water and use it as a spray or if you apply it on your skin, it will repel insects. While this is great for the outdoors, it is also great for indoors. You won’t have to worry about insects such as mosquitoes, ants, or roaches while using this natural repellent.
– It is a natural pesticide: Neem oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can use it to repel pests from your plants, and it will also destroy their eggs. You can use it to repel pests such as aphids, cabbage root flies, cabbage worms, Colorado potato beetle, tobacco budworms, and squash bugs.
– It is great for your skin: If you have acne-prone skin, you can use neem oil to treat it. You can also use it as a face moisturizer. It will make your skin soft and will prevent wrinkles.
– It is great for your hair: If you have dandruff or your hair is dry, you can use neem oil to condition your hair. You can use it as a hair dye, or you can just apply it to your scalp for softer and healthier hair.
How to use neem oil for pest control?
Besides using neem oil as an insect repellent and a natural pesticide, you can also use it on specific pests. You can use neem oil to kill ants, roaches, fleas, ticks, and flies. You can also use it on bees and other stinging insects, as it will not kill them. If you want to repel ants, mix two tablespoons of vegetable oil with one tablespoon of neem oil.
Then, pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle before each use so that the ingredients are blended evenly. Spray the mixture wherever you see ants. This will repel ants instantly. For ticks, put neem oil on a cotton ball and place it in areas where ticks are likely to hide. You should reposition the cotton ball every 2 weeks.
Benefits of Neem Oil for Skin
I was so amazed to find all the benefits that neem oil has on our skin health! It’s basically the unicorn of skincare, and is very popular in India in many of their products for this reason.
- Great for dry skin. Because neem oil contains vitamin E and also rich in healthy fatty acids, it’s great for healing cracked dry skin by penetrating into the skin. It also locks in moisture to smooth out the skin texture.
- Clears out acne. Neem oil is naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, so it’s great for removing bacteria from your skin and combatting acne. It also soothes redness and known to reduce acne scars as well! I also love that it won’t dry out the skin like other products that target acne
- Combats wrinkles. Did you know that neem also promotes collagen production, which is amazing for anti-aging? It’s also rich in vitamin E, which reduces free radicals in the skin to reverse damages and keep your skin supple. Don’t mind me while I bathe myself in neem oil.
- Evens out skin tone. As someone who struggles with uneven skin pigmentation, I love this one! Hyperpigmentation of the skin can happen with the overproduction of melanin, and neem oil balances out the melanin secretion to lighten up dark spots. It’s especially great for spot treatment!
- Reduce inflammation for eczema. Neem has been known to reduce redness and inflammation for eczema and relieve dry itchy skin. It’s an effective emollient, which prevents loss of moisture and helps build a protective layer over the skin.
- Nature’s insecticide. One of the ingredients in neem is azadirachtin, a powerful and natural pest and insect repellant. I usually like to avoid any kind of commercial bug repellants because they are so full of harmful chemicals, so I’m excited to add a neem based product the next time I’m hiking or camping!
Other uses of neem oil:
– It is an antiseptic: You can use neem oil as an antiseptic to clean and heal wounds. You can also use it to prevent infections.
– It is a great conditioner: If you use neem oil as a conditioner for your hair, it will make it soft and shiny. It will also prevent split ends.
-It is a great face moisturizer: If you have dry skin, you can use neem oil as a face moisturizer. It will also prevent wrinkles, acne, and blackheads.
– It is a great hair dye: If you want to dye your hair, you can use neem oil. It is an excellent natural hair dye, and it won’t damage your hair.
Neem oil is a great product to use as a natural pesticide and to repel insects. It is also great for your skin and hair. If you use it as a conditioner, it will make your hair soft. It also conditions your skin, making it softer and preventing wrinkles. Besides using it as an insect repellent and a natural pesticide, you can also use neem oil to clean and heal wounds and prevent infection. You can also use it as a conditioner for your hair, as a face moisturizer, and as a hair dye.