Neem oil is used in soaps, lotions, facemasks, shampoos, and toothpastes. It helps treat fungal infections, lice, dry scalp, dandruff, premature graying of the hair, gingivitis, and skin disorders. Neem oil relieves dry skin and soothes itchy, red, irritated skin. It has also been used for chicken pox to relieve the associated skin irritation caused by the chicken pox virus. Neem has the ability to improve overall skin health by fighting the bacteria that causes pimples and acne. Unlike antibiotics, neem fights bacteria without causing bacterial resistance over time. Neem oil can also be used to treat arthritis and musculoskeletal pain by massaging it directly into the skin.

Given all the possible uses of neem, how can you incorporate this into your daily routine? You are welcome to follow my example and select some of the ways that I use neem in my own home:

  • Each morning I brush my teeth using toothpaste that contains neem oil. It has kept my gums healthy and free of plaque build-up.

  • After washing my face, I use a lotion with neem oil. This not only hydrates my skin throughout the day, but it also kills any surface bacteria that can cause skin breakouts.  If I have any dry or irritated skin on my body, I’ll use some of the neem lotion there too.

  • I use a neem facemask once a week to keep my skin glowing and healthy.

  • Every two weeks I spray my vegetable garden with a homemade, natural pesticide with neem oil.  This has been a wonderful way to avoid toxic chemicals in my vegetable garden.

  • Each year I do a one-month seasonal cleanse in spring that involves neem tablets to help remove any accumulated toxins in my body and remove any parasitic organisms.

As you can tell, I am clearly a big fan of the neem tree and continue to be in awe of its healing properties. Watch this space for my next blogs – I’ll be revealing a new ayurvedic herb every month as part of this blog series.

Read the full Dr. Oz article here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/herb-of-the-month-neem