Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: leaves, flowers, bark and seeds
Strength of Aroma: Very Potent
Aromatic Scent: bitter, nutty, garlic-like
- Gardeners use it for its anti-fungal and pesticide properties because it is a safe, non-toxic pesticides for garden plant growth (this oil is used extensive here in the Monastery’s organic raised bed gardens). It can be safely used on food, leaves no dangerous residue in the soil and effectively reduces or kills pests, as well as prevents powdery mildew on plants. The oil can be sprayed on plant leaves or applies directly into the soil. Neem oil foliar spray has been shown to be most useful when applied to young plant growth. Mix with castile soap and water, spray onto infested plants as needed. Neem oil as an insecticide also works as a systemic in many plants when applied as a soil drench. Once the neem oil is in the plant s vascular system, insects intake it during feeding. The compound causes insects to reduce or cease feeding, can prevent larvae from maturing, reduces or interrupts mating behavior and, in some cases, the oil coats the breathing holes of insects and kills them. Effective for Aphids, Mealybugs, Scale, White flies insects; fungi, mildews and rusts; root rot, black spot and sooty mold.
- There has been some unconfirmed research that neem can effectively treat malaria symptoms and minimize the danger of the disease, but neem s more common relationship to malaria is as a natural insect repellent that is nontoxic and highly effective in repelling mosquitoes, which are the main vectors of malaria.
- Some of the most important health benefits of neem include its ability to treat dandruff, soothe irritation, protect the skin, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, speed wound healing, treat gastric conditions, slow the aging process, increase the health of the hair and scalp, maintain sexual organ health, treat various forms of cancer, and manage/treat diabetes.
- Apply to aching joints and muscles due to arthritis to significantly reduce pain and discomfort, and even increase flexibility if consistently used.
- Neem is used in oral health products. The antibacterial qualities of neem make it ideal for eliminating the bacteria beneath the gums that causes periodontal disease and halitosis (bad breath).
- Use Neem Essential Massage Oil to promote youthful skin.
- Add several drops into warm bath water to increase joint flexibility. Putting a little Epsom salt or Himalayan Crystal Salt in the bath water increases the therapeutic quality of the treatment. Himalayan Crystal Salt feeds the body with natural minerals which may not be present in one’s dietary intake.
- Add a little Cedar wood essential oil for an extra boost. Relax, re-charge, release imbalances NOW.