ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS WITH NEEM
Summer is the time when most people want to get out and enjoy the outdoors. But biting insects can quickly turn a fun time into a nightmare. Keeping insects away usually involves synthetic repellents containing a potentially dangerous chemical called N,Ndiethyl-m-toluamide, commonly called DEET. Though these repellents are effective they may also be responsible for severe medical problems reported by some people who use them. A safer alternative was needed.
Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil used since antiquity as an insect repellent for both people and food crops. Researchers at the Malaria Institute have discovered that neem repels the mosquito that causes malaria for up to twelve hours as well as biting flies, sand fleas and ticks. In fact, several compounds in neem are more effective insect repellents than DEET yet are much safer.
For those seeking a safe alternative to potentially dangerous synthetic repellents, neem offers an attractive alternative:
- Neem oil is an excellent skin moisturizer while DEET is not recommended for repeated application to the skin, around the face or on the hands of small children.
- Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil safe for most surfaces while DEET should not be sprayed on furniture, plastics, watch crystals, leather and painted surfaces.
- Neem is a healing herb that is famous for its healing properties for cuts, scrapes and poison oak and ivy.
- DEET products contain warnings against getting them in open sores or on damaged skin.
When we go outdoors insects will usually be a part of the experience. Keeping them from biting and possibly transmitting diseases can be accomplished safely with neem oil products. The compounds developed over millions of years by the neem tree offer natural, safe and effective protection from insects. Although neem may not always prevent the insect from landing, it will prevent bites.
HEALTH SKIN WITH NEEM
Skin is our largest organ. Constantly replacing old and damaged cells, our skin needs a lot of care from the inside and the outside if it is to remain healthy. This amazing organ that protects us is also a visible display of how healthy we are and of how long and how wisely we have lived. The entire cosmetic industry is built upon the desire to improve the condition and appearance of their skin. They buy products to heal any and all problems with their skin, often resorting to strong chemicals and dangerous medications to do so.
The rediscovery of natural products like neem that have long traditions of safety and efficacy offer the opportunity to get back to the basics of healthy and beautiful skin. In India, the dry summers under an intense tropical sun have been countered from before written history with neem preparations. Neem oil quickly relieves dry skin because it is easily absorbed into the skin’s upper layers where it helps heal damaged skin and enables it to recover its natural balance. These properties enable neem to reduce wrinkles by helping skin retain its suppleness as collagen formation is promoted. Many people believe neem even heals damage caused by ultraviolet rays, and prevents premature ageing and skin cancer.
Psoriasis is a particularly devastating skin disease. Psoriasis flare-ups can range from mild discomfort to deadly and debilitating attacks. The usual topical treatment for psoriasis involves either coal tar or cortisone. Coal tar products are messy, smelly, carcinogenic, and can be phototoxic. Cortisone can thin the skin and produce systemic toxicity after repeated use, especially in children. Neem has none of these drawbacks. Topical applications of neem are easy and inexpensive, and since it is usually oil or cream based, neem helps to lubricate the skin. Neem can be used topically for extended periods without side effects and can replace oral medications and injections. With centuries of safe and effective use, neem is perhaps the best and safest treatment for psoriasis.
Though nowhere near as severe as psoriasis, eczema can also be a problem for those experiencing it. Neem is traditionally known as one of the better for eczema because of the broad range of beneficial effects it has on skin. In tests two daily applications of neem extract cured all cases in ten days with no recurrence for three months. Though-neem oil is preferred because of the concentration of active compounds, topical applications of even the milder leaf or bark extracts have cured acute eczema.
Many elements and infectious agents attack skin. Neem is very beneficial for skin conditions because of its ability to kill bacteria, parasites, and fungi, stop viral replication and improve the immune system.
Skin Conditions Helped by Neem:
- Neem kills the bacteria that causes acne and reduces the associated inflammation.
- Neem lotions kill the fungi that cause dandruff while lubricating the resulting dry skin.
- Neem extracts are toxic to the herpes virus and can quickly heal cold sores.
- Neem alleviates the intense itching of chickenpox, reduces pock formation and scarring.
- Neem clears the skin of the fungus that causes ringworrn in two to three days.
- Neem extracts control Candida (yeast infection) and relieves the persistent itching caused by this fungus.
- Neem powders and creams protect from and help heal the effects of diaper rash.
- Neem balances melanin production and reduces patches of skin discolored by vitiligo.
Neem is an excellent wound healer that helps the body to rapidly create collagen fibers to close to wound.
Neem lotion reduces the “bum” of sunburn and will greatly reduce or eliminate peeling. The neem tree is the source of a number of patented extracts for the treatment of cancer. Injections of neem extract around tumors showed remarkable reduction in size in just a few weeks. Neem has repeatedly been shown to help fight skin cancer. Many patients report that skin cancers have disappeared after several months of daily application of a neem-based cream.
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