My Friend Neem
Friday, May 14, 2010
Have you ever heard of neem oil? I hadn't until last year when I was suffering from a terrible rash on my thighs due to candida (no internal effects, thank goodness). I researched the problem and changed my diet. Two of my doctors gave me prescriptions for external medications. Nothing worked!
Then, one day, I was talking to the man who makes the soaps I use (Appalachian Naturals- the world's most fantastic soaps!!!). He asked me if I'd ever tried neem oil. It has been used for over 5,000 years in India for a variety of ailments. He had gotten some in to experiment with putting it into soaps to help people who had rashes (poison ivy, etc.). He hadn't made the soap yet, but he very generously (it's expensive!) offered me a container to take home and try. Of course, the first thing I did was go home and hit the internet- I NEVER use anything, even if it's a prescription, until I have thoroughly educated myself. I was so impressed by what I read, I tried it right away. (I've since found it in my local herb shop.) The worst thing about it is the odor- make that the stink!!! It's somewhat like rotten garlic and onions, only stronger! Needless to say, my social life suffered. (I can still get a faint whiff of it now and then in my underwear even though they've received a year's worth of washing.) But it was like a miracle! In just a few days a rash I had been suffering from for months cleared up completely. Give credit to the change in diet and sitting in baths of apple cider vinegar, too. But they had only helped- the neem oil made the problem disappear completely.
I'm mentioning this because last night when I went out at sunset to work in the garden for an hour, every bug on the mountain put out word that the feast was on! Ever since we started coming to this area, I've suffered from the same problem in May. Whatever these little critters are, they bite me and I have sores develop that end up oozing and itching for weeks. (Can you see I have very sensitive skin?)
Last night I came in and put some neem oil on cotton balls and taped them to the two worst spots. Voila! This morning the spots are smaller and don't itch at all. Just don't get too close to my left arm until I've had about four more showers! Neem oil can be put in water and sprayed on cattle and pets to keep flies, ticks, fleas etc. off them. (But I haven't tried it n poor little Harley because he always wants to cuddle!)