Natural Neem Oil Recipes for Home
Posted on 08 February 2017 by Leonie Satori
Natural neem oil is a great remedy to use in and around the home, but knowing how to prepare the stuff can be a little confusing, not to mention the potential smelly messiness. Here we have a few recipes for at-home natural remedies using neem oil.
You may have some neem oil left over from treating the kids for head lice, so it is good to know that it also has a few uses for pets and in the garden too. Neem oil is naturally insect repelling^ and anti-parasitic and lends itself well to any situation where bugs or creepy crawlies need to be eradicated. It is said that the natural constituent in neem oil, called Azadirachtin provides the natural bug repelling properties and the earthy smell of neem oil is unattractive to many biting insects.
Neem oil comes from the seed of the Indian neem tree, Azadirachta indica or Melia azidirachta. Many parts of the neem tree are used in natural medicine, the leaves are used to remedy skin and blood disorders, the natural antiseptic qualities of neem are utilised in tooth powders and even today the twigs of the tree used to make toothbrushes. In Ayurvedic medicine, neem oil is traditionally used for parasitic skin infections as well as dry skin or scalp conditions.
The characteristic earthy smell of neem oil takes a little getting used to and the viscosity of this oil makes it quite challenging to work with. The following recipes are intended as a guideline for using neem oil in the home and as an alternative to chemical based formulas.
Neem oil shampoo - recipe one: use a couple of drops of neem oil with your regular shampoo, leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off well. Beneficial for dandruff, itchy scalp or as a preventative head lice and nit remedy.
Neem oil shampoo - recipe two: mix 1-5ml of neem oil with 100mL your regular shampoo. If you shampoo your hair daily, we suggest using the lower percentage of neem oil.
Neem oil as a head lice treatment is often used without any additives, read our guidelines for How To Use Neem Oil For Head Lice.
Massage oil for dogs: use one part neem oil with 9 parts carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond) and massage over the coat thoroughly, paying particular attention to ears, creases and crevices. An excellent way to break the cycle of fleas, application can be left on and repeated every week or two, works well when combined with the room & bedding spray.
Room & bedding spray for pets: mix four cups of hot water with one teaspoon of liquid soap (Dr Bronner's castile soap is good) and one tablespoon of neem oil. Use in a sprayer bottle for around home and pets bedding to prevent fleas.
Natural garden bug spray*, mix one litre of hot water with 1/3 teaspoon of liquid soap (again, Dr Bronner's is good) and one teaspoon of neem oil. Apply to the effected plants with a garden sprayer, this mixture will need to be re-applied in one week, after rains or until the bugs have moved on.
Do you have some more recipes for using natural neem oil in the home of garden?
^Read our article on "Defining a Natural Insect Repellent" for more information on natural insect repellents.
*In the garden, neem oil is said to be effective for various types of moths, caterpillars, aphids, black spot and mildew and is not known to be harmful to mammals, birds or beneficial insects.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her Naturopathic clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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