Anyone who has suffered from chronic skin conditions, knows how uncomfortable and frustrating they can be. Finding a natural remedy to help sooth irritated skin and help releve the uncomfortable symptoms can be difficult as well. Neem literally has 1001 uses and has an unbelievable effect on chronic skin conditions.
Neem has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5,000 years and has been called the “Village Pharmacy” for its many personal care applications.
Neem Skin Care Applications
Neem can help ease syptoms and irritation resulting from a variety of skin conditions. Atacora does not sell Neem Oil as a diagnosis, treatment or cure for any diseases. Traditional knowledge and anecdotal and scientific evidence suggest that Neem can assuage the symptoms of:
Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Itching, Rosacea, Shingles, Ringworm,
Athlete’s Foot, Herpes, Fungal Infections, Cold Sores, Dandruff,
Dry Skin, Hemorrhoids, Rashes, Skin Ulcers, and Sprains.
We have reported testimony that it can also help with parasites such as lice, scabies fleas, ticks and mosquitos as well.
With the list being so long, one can see why it has been used for over 5,000 years within Ayurvedic medicine!
Why Is Neem So Amazing?
Neem is packed with so many active phytochemical constituents, that it has the ability to be a versatile natural remedy. As stated in The Miracles of Neem by Klaus Ferlow, “Many are now giving Neem serious consideration as a potent and safe ingredient for us in diverse health treatments. The lack of negative side effects certainly enhances Neem’s appeal to Natural Health practitioners and consumers alike. Ongoing scientific research is validating what Ayurvedic practitioners have known for millennia; that Neem is a dynamic and useful plant which can solve dozens of health problems, while enhancing overall well-being“.
According to Ferlow, the bark, seeds, leaves, fruit, extracts and oils of the Neem tree contain pharmacological constituents which offer some impressive therapeutic qualities, including the following:
*Anti-viral: capable of destorying viruses *Anti-fungal: able to destroy fungi *Anti-microbial: able to inhibit ordestroy the growth of disease-casing organisms *Anti-bacterial: able to destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria *Anti-inflammatory: able to reduce inflammation *Analgesic: able to relieve pain *Alterative: able to cure or restore health *Anti-thelmintic: capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms. *Anti-feedant: a substance that deters or inhibits feeding by an insect but does not kill it *Anti-caracinogenic: reducesthe occurence of cancers *Anti-arthritic: effective in treatment of arthritis *Anti-gastric: able to prevent or destroy ulcers *Anti-histamine: agaent that serves to inhibit the release or action of histamines and serves to reduce or neutralize the effect of histamine in an allergic response.
Another amazing component to Neem is that it is an excellent moisturizer. As stated in discoverneem.com, “Neem is high in Vitamin E, rich in emollient and fatty acids, soothing dry, cracked or otherwise stressed and damaged skin. Unlike petroleum based moisterizers, neem oil actually restores the skin’s natural elasticity”.
How To Use Neem
It is important to understand how powerful Neem is, and overuse could in fact have an irritating effect. Depending on the aliment one wishes to soothe, it is important to use a little bit at first and gradually work up.
You can rub Atacora’s Pure Neem Oil (sparingly) directly on the affected area(s), or mix it with your daily lotion or soap to dilute its potency. Please note that Neem is a very strong oil, so if you have sensitive or damaged skin, it may be better to blend it first. You could also mix a few tablespoons into a bath as it is a great moisturizing emollient as well. All of these applications can help calm skin irritation, itchiness, and redness.
Atacora African Neem Oil
Atacora’s cold-pressed Neem Oil is made in Fair Partnership with the 32 women of our co-op, and the families who own the Neem trees. These women use mortars and pestles to lightly pound the seeds to seperate the husks. The husks are removed by traditional winnowing, then the seeds are washed in pure well water and dried thoroughly in the sun. Finally, they are cold-pressed to make Atacora’s Pure Neem Oil.
We buy our Neem seeds directly from the tree growers and offer them Fair Trade prices. Before Atacora started buying Neem from the local villagers and processing it, there was no known economic value in the region. As a result, Atacora is revaluing this resource by offering good prices and wages; putting proceeds directly in the hands of households, which increases their access to healthcare, education and nutrition. Don’t get me wrong, Africans have known and have used Neem for centuries but have never sold it in the market place. The resource is so abundant that much of the Neem seeds and leaves are swept up and burned, rather than contributing to a sustainable local economy. Atacora is all about changing that!