Did you ever see My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Remember how the dad sprays Windex on everything? Cliff is getting like that with Neem oil around here! We use the pills, topically, in mouthwash and as a spray. It smells HORRIBLE but it works so well it's worth it. Native to India, the Neem tree provides a wealth of healing benefits. Primarily the bitter and cooling leaves are used, and are probably best known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Neem in the garden::
In the garden, neem makes an effective and organic bug + fungus killer. Mix 1 part neem oil with four parts water, pour into a spray bottle and you're ready to go. Make sure you shake well before spraying and coat the leaves well. For best results spray the plant once a week. It totally saved our lemon tree from being overtaken by bugs!
Neem in the bathroom::
Many brands of natural toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo and mosquito repellant use neem oil. Last year Cliff had a bummer of a dentist appointment where they said that he had periodontitis. When he had his wisdom teeth out it caused skin pockets to form behind the molars that trapped food + bacteria and it basically lead to in infection in the bone. He had a successful dental surgery to remove that skin and clean everything up. Ever since I've been making him a DIY mouthwash with neem oil, peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil and filtered water. He has had a happy, infection free mouth ever since! The dentist was totally impressed.
Neem in your body::
Neem can be taken internally to reduce fevers, to purify the blood and kill parasites, it should only be taken under the recommendation and close supervision of a qualified health practitioner. If taken internally, it can be detrimental to children and animals, so make sure to keep it in safe place.
Neem on your body:
Neem oil (an extract of neem, usually in a base of olive oil) can be used topically to disinfect and heal the following conditions: - eczema - psoriasis - ringworm - skin itching - skin infection - skin sores and wounds - athlete’s foot (and stinky feet) - acne
You can find neem at local health foods stores. You can also find it online here.
To keepin' it herbal, natural and oh so good, Lacy