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I have done quite a bit of research into Neem since I first heard about it 9 months ago. If it does half of what it says on the tin it's truly a miracle product.
It comes from a tree which grows prolifically in India and it's benefits have been known there for hundreds of years. So the legend goes it first came to the notice of the Western world when someone watched a swarm of locusts fly over a field and decimate everything in their path EXCEPT a lone neem tree which was left untouched. A later experiment with two insects put in a chamber with some neem leaves saw one insect nibble a leaf and die and the other died from starvation rather than eat it.
Indian people have been chewing twigs to keep their teeth healthy, distilling the leaves into tea for a general health drink, making poultices from the leaves to treat wounds and even using it as a contraceptive, for hundreds of years. I bought some for family use about 6 months ago and we wouldn't be without it now.
Various companies use neem oil to manufacture a range of different therapeutic products which seem to tackle just about every ill known to mankind. It has anti-fungal, anti-viral and antiseptic properties.
From my personal experience neem soap is very soothing to the skin and a first line of treatment for many irritated skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, ringworm, dry skin, athletes foot and nappy rash. It is very gentle on the skin and suitable to use for all ages from babies to the elderly. It seems to soothe any inflamed skin conditions, most particularly those related to dry skin. The soap has become an invaluable addition to our family daily skincare regime.
Neem made up as a cream or lotion treats the same conditions but with a much greater 'punch'. I'm dreadfully allergic to insect bites and one bite can stay with me, driving me mad with irritation for up to 3 months. A very frugal application of the cream twice daily for 4 days stops the itching and clears the bites up.
Made up as a toothpaste or mouthwash it is brilliant for oral hygiene and can significantly help with many gum problems.
Made up as a shampoo it works wonderfully on dry scalp conditions such as dandruff and cradle cap besides being a preventative against head lice infestations. The shampoo used in conjunction with neat neem oil is a treatment for head lice (it penetrates the eggs and kills them and the lice find neem repugnant so are unable to feed from the scalp and die quickly from starvation).
Made up as a dog shampoo it's very soothing for dry skin conditions and can also prevent flea infestation (not suitable for cats as they lick their fur so much).
Low grade neem oil mixed with water and a little splash of washing up liquid to emulsify it can be sprayed on your garden plants as a very eco-friendly pesticide. It makes those tender, tasty leaves repugnant to the munching little beggars so they either move off to someone elses garden or in their weakened starving state fall prey to the friendly bugs like ladybirds. A double strength application even wards off slugs and snails I've been told, though haven't tried it myself.
I have tried to give an overview of the basic ingredient in the soap to enable a better understanding of the benefits of using it. Neem isn't terribly well known in the Western world as yet, but I'm sure it won't be long before it is!
Basically, if they manage to produce a neem product which also helped with the housework and took the kids to school, I'd marry it!
Hope you guys found this helpful.
A gentle cleansing soap for skin and hair made from neem extract in a blend of finest coconut and palm oils and fragranced with lemongrass essential oil / This soap is produced by a non-profitmaking research group based in Tanzania that specialises in the