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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!)
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    emoticon i've also been advised to add neem to hot lemon drink to vitalise and kick start my system in the morning, so it would appear it's one versitile handy little bottle to keep around.
    2436 days ago
    Sounds great. I have never seen it here.
    2892 days ago
    I forgot to mention that I understand not using it on Harley...I wouldn't want to cuddle with that smell. Uh no offense. I have a sensitive nose/stomach reflex.
    2894 days ago
    Sounds like a good tool to put in my arsenol. I had not ever heard of it, so thanks for sharing.
    2894 days ago
    I've heard of neem oil, but have never used it. Thanks, I will keep it in mind for future reference. Too bad it stinks so bad, but if I was suffering badly, I'd deal with the smell if it took care of the problem.

    Here I was worried about you carrying all those rocks yesterday evening, when it turns out that tiny little bugs, and not the rocks, hurt you. Bad old bugs!
    2901 days ago
    That is amazing info. But I don't know if I could get past the smell. I guess if I was suffering bad enought. I remember what we called May flies that bit like that in the mountains of PA. The bites marks would last for a year or two! Could they be the same? I think I could stand the smell after all! Thanks El! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2901 days ago
    That's really cool! Nice to know, too. My sister uses lavendar oil on mosquito bites. Usually by the next day they're gone! And it smells really nice, too.

    2901 days ago
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