"I bought a Lucky Dog shampoo bar at the market on Saturday. I washed my Yorkies with it this weekend and am so pleased with the results! Their fur is soft, they smell good and not a flea in sight. I will definitely be buying again." – Market goer
I received a call from a lady who bought Lucky Dog Shampoo from me at the market yesterday. She called to tell me that it lathers beautifully and that her dog promptly fell asleep after his bath. The neem oil had helped his itchy skin and she was checking with me to see if it was OK that her brother-in-law use some for his eczema. This made me think of the amazing ingredients that go into this soap and how good they are for any type of dry skin condition.
When crafting my Lucky Dog Shampoo bar, I add a small percentage of neem oil to the ingredients. Most people are unfamiliar with this potent oil that can be ingested internally as well as rubbed on the skin and hair and sprayed on plants as a natural insecticide.
Grown throughout India, the neem tree is well known not only for its medicinal properties but also for taking care of environmental issues. Traditionally, it has been used topically to soothe or heal skin and hair, treat infection, repel bugs and insects...and many more things!
Considered by the people of India to be sacred, the legendary Neem tree has come to symbolize good health and protection, leading the Indians to refer to it as the “village pharmacy.”
Neem oil is a Superb Skin Treatment
One of the main reasons I love Neem oil (and always have some in my medicine cabinet) is that it can be used for many so skin issues. Used topically, Neem Carrier Oil can soothe red, itchy, inflamed skin associated with ailments like acne, burns, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes among others. That is quite a list of conditions it can help treat!
Neem Oil also works as a natural substitute for anti-aging products and as a protective agent against skin damage caused by UV rays. It deeply penetrates skin to restore moisture, enhance elasticity and smooth wrinkles. Who knew this oil could be used as an anti-ageing product! Using it regularly will stimulate collagen production, and heal cracks caused by dryness.
How to use it: Siva Mohan, a California-based Ayurvedic doctor, recommends taking a cotton swab and applying neem oil directly to your pimples. “Let it do its magic overnight. It’s drying and similar to tea tree oil, but more cooling,” she says. And as for anti-ageing, add some directly to your favourite moisturizer or mix it with coconut oil. Be aware that it has a potent smell and a little will go a long way. Adding lavender essential oil will help dilute the potent neem odour!
Neem Oil Works Wonders with Hair!
When my daughter was younger and attended primary school, she would sometimes come home with head lice. My go to treatment was always to oil her hair with neem oil. But head lice isn't the only thing that neem oil can handle!
Used in hair, Neem Oil naturally removes dandruff and balances hair’s natural pH level, preventing future dandruff. It not only detangles hair, but it prevents hair thinning caused by pollution, stress or medication by promoting the growth of stronger, tamer hair.
How to use it: Mix a few drops of neem oil with one of your favorite carrier oils (such as coconut, jojoba, olive or almond) and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Leave it on your hair for a few hours, then rinse it out with a mild shampoo.
FYI ... Neem oil also sterilizes ticks and fleas which make it the perfect addition to any dog shampoo!
Neem is a Powerful Anti-Fungal
Some months ago, I suffered with a bad toenail infection and applied neem oil topically on a regular basis. Although it smelled very potently, it did clear up the fungal infection I had!
Used medicinally, Neem Carrier Oil contains components that prevent and eliminate fungal infections. By soothing the irritation and eradicating the bacteria that causes them, Neem Carrier Oil can calm skin ailments such as ring worm, Athlete’s Foot, nail fungus, and cold sores.
How to use it: Lightly dab the neem oil onto the area using a cotton swab or cotton ball, and allow it to soak in for up to 20 minutes.
Neem Oil Can Help Heal Wounds
Neem has been used for healing for many centuries. Due to its antiseptic properties, it’s an ideal choice for minor cuts and abrasions. When applied to minor wounds, Neem Oil reduces inflammation and facilitates faster healing by increasing blood flow to the area and helping to create collagen fibers, which strengthen, firm, and shape skin.
An Ayurvedic study conducted revealed how neem oil is even more effective for wound healing when used with turmeric. A 2019 study examined the antibacterial properties of cosmetic products containing neem compounds. The authors found that soaps containing extracts of neem leaf or neem bark prevented the growth of several strains of bacteria.
So there you have it! Neem oil truly is an amazing natural healer for so many health issues. Make sure you pick up a bottle to keep in your medicine cabinet as part of your natural home pharmacy! If you would like to purchase a natural Pet Shampoo bar that helps control ticks and fleas and deeply nourishes and conditions skin, please have a look at my Lucky Dog Shampoo.