Neem Oil Use

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Neem oil use.....Neem oil has a wide range of uses from sprains and bruises, earaches, genital herpes, birth control in women, to vitiligo, dry skin, wrinkles, mosquito protection, to diabetes, cancer, and bronchitis.

Sprains and Bruises

Neem used topically helps to increase blood flow to the bruised area. Taken orally it helps to reduce inflammation.

After the sprain prepare a cold poultice containing neem leaves and wrap the affected area.

Neem oil and the leaf extract applied topically provide anti-inflammatory and pain relief.

Neem leaf tea should be taken orally to relieve the inflammation and pain internally.


Neem oil is applied to the ear canal. Heat one teaspoonful of sesame oil that has one clove of garlic in it. Let the oil cool to room temperature. Add 2 drops of camphor and 5 drops of neem oil. Fill the ear canal and place a cotton plug in the ear to keep the oil from running out. This helps pain, inflammation and kills bacteria. Also, drink neem leaf tea, which helps internally.

Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2)

For those who have contracted the disease neem oil has reduced the severity of the attacks. Drinking two cups of neem tea will enhance the immune system.

Birth Control (Women)

Neem oil use has found a place in birth control. It has been proven that neem oil has the ability to prevent pregnancy. In 1991 Bardhan et al did tests using rhesus monkeys and applying the oil intravaginally. Pregnancy was prevented without side effects, no changes in menstrual cycles or ovarian function. The oil seems to increase the antigen presenting ability of the uterine tract which has a direct spermicidal effect without side effects.

Years of study in India by some of the world’s leading contraceptive scientists has resulted in the development of a neem-based polyherbal vaginal cream that has both spermicidal and antimicrobial action. The cream contains 10 to 25% neem oil, a surfactant, and quinine hydrochloride, a synthetic flavoring agent. Compared to the foam and gel spermicidals it was used more often because it was safer and easier to use, caused no irritation or discomfort, and was nearly 100% effective.

In India, vaginal creams and suppositories made with neem oil are quickly becoming the birth control method of choice. Compared to certain purified extracts of neem it appears that neem oil is the most effective form of neem for birth control, particularly hexane extracted neem oil.

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Neem oil use has helped with vitiligo. This disorder is thought to be autoimmune and causes patches of skin to lose their color. It occurs in 1/2 percent of the population regardless of race. The only treatments, and often not effective, are the use of corticosteroid drugs or exposure to sunlight. Tests were done with oral neem and creams with several herbs being applied to the patches of skin before being exposed to sunlight. After ninety days 25% of the patients had complete relief and another 60% had mild to moderate relief. No one had any adverse reactions.

It is thought that applying neem oil to the patches along with oral neem leaf or bark could aid in the reversal of the skin discoloration.


Neem oil containing creams and lotions will help to prevent wrinkles by providing a natural skin protectant and moisturizer to the skin.

Dry Skin

Neem oil use helps with dry skin. Dry skin comes with age. Also, how well you have protected the skin from the environment results in the degree of dryness of your skin. With age the dermis is less able to retain water and fat and the oil glands produce less oil. Fibers, elastin and collagen is also fewer.

Neem oil applied to the skin helps to add missing oil, helps to retain water, and helps to stimulate the production of collagen.

Mosquito Protection

Neem oil use has helped with the mosquito. Mosquito-borne diseases can cause much human suffering. According to the American Mosquito Control Organization more than one million people die each year from mosquito-borne diseases. The mosquito can carry diseases such as St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever, and LaCrosse encephalitis. In dogs, heartworm is a mosquito-borne disease, while the Eastern equine encephalitis can be transmitted to horses by mosquitoes. Neem oil is an effective repellant and has none of the drawbacks of DEET.

A neem based insect repellant or a cream with at least 2% neem oil should be applied to the exposed skin and reapplied after heavy perspiration.

Neem oil and purified fractions of neem can also be sprayed on areas of mosquitoes preventing larvae from maturing, causing the mosquito to lay fewer eggs or the eggs to fail to hatch.

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Both the leaf and the oil have hypoglycemic properties. There was a significant reduction in insulin requirements for non-insulin dependent diabetes in tests using oral doses of neem leaf extracts. The oil has also been tested and has proven effective. In test animals it was able to inhibit increases in blood sugar levels by as much as 45%.


Neem oil use may be beneficial for cancer. For centuries herbalists in Southeast Asia has successfully used the neem tree to reduce tumors. Polysaccharides and limonoids found in neem bark, flowers, leaves, and seed kernel oil reduce tumors and cancers according to information found by researchers in India, Europe, and Japan.

An example of one of the many studies, in 1994, Udeinya used an extract of neem leaves to prevent the adhesion of cancer cells to other cells in the body. It is the ability to stick to other cells in the body that spreads cancer throughout the body. Without this ability the cancer will not spread and the body’s own immune system can more easily destroy the cancer cells. Skin cancer is one form of cancer that may be very responsive to neem. The skin cancer (along with other treatments of diet, mild exercise, and natural therapies) can be treated with topical application of neem oil. Neem bark or leaf teas should be consumed daily.


Experiments have been done with cattle where neem oil was added to their feed. The number of lung infections was significantly decreased when compared to the control group.

Bronchitis can be treated with a combination of oral neem tea and breathing the steam of boiled neem leaves.

Neem oil use is very common in India. Neem is used as a tea to treat the body internally. Neem oil is used in various cream and ointment bases, used alone to treat skin diseases, or in combination with other ingredients. For birth control the oil is used with Indian soap nut extract and quinine.

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