Despite the advances in pharmacology and the pharmacological approach to medicine, research has been increasingly directed towards the use of natural and herbal ingredients in the treatment of illness and disease. These herbal and natural medicines, while lacking in concrete scientific and evidence-based data and research proving their effectiveness, claim to find basis for their clinical efficacy on the traditional methods of healing that have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of them are just old wives’ tales, and are ineffective and worthless. Some, however, have their roots in more concrete traditions, such as the sacred texts of Ayurvedic medicine. Neem oil is one of these.
- Neem oil has been used by man for centuries, especially in India, where it is considered as a sacred gift of the gods to man. Proponents of this product claim that it is a wonder drug that has powerful non-dermatonal and antihelminthic (worm-killing) properties. It is also used by traditional medicine practitioners in the treatment of malaria, leprosy, sepsis, ringworm, urticaria, etc. Some have also used it for skin conditions like psoriasis, and more serious illnesses like cancer. Research is still inconclusive as to its effectiveness – there has been no study that clearly demonstrates the clinical effectiveness of neem oil, although it can be used for practically any non-surgical disease.
- Neem oil is a bitter one, and a lot of effort goes into its extraction. If you are pressed for time or have no schedule for these kinds of manual tasks and labors, you might want to opt out for a simpler option: these neem oil extracts are being sold in pharmacies and other health shops as food supplements. This should serve as a warning for you: while the medical industry does not issue a blanket condemnation of natural and traditional forms of cure, these are not, and should never be considered as an acceptable and viable alternative to consult with a doctor, preferably in a specialization that will assist the patient’s condition.
- While the aforementioned neem oil tablets use factories in order to get the neem oil, you can do this in a nature-friendly way at home. All you have to do is find the right conduit and tools needed to make this possible.
- The first step involves crushing the seeds completely. This can be done by setting the seeds on a countertop and rolling them over with a rolling pin. Alternatively, you can use a mortar and pestle to be able to completely grind the seeds. The finished product of this crushing should be kept inside a cloth bag.
- Place the bag down inside a bucket and run water through the bag. This will allow the oils to extrude through the bag and into the bucket. If you find that this does not produce the necessary amount of neem extract for your purposes, just repeat the first two steps and increase the amount of crushed neem seeds inside the cloth bag.
- The bag should be left overnight on a sieve on top of the bucket. The remaining oil will then seep out of the bag and then into the bucket, where you can collect it at your own convenience the following morning. The oil can then be collected and used as necessary.
There is practically no difference between store bought neem oil extract
and homemade one. You can choose the former if you are pressed for