Neem Oil’s Uses for Skin and Hair Care

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Neem Oil's Uses for Skin and Hair plus natural hair and skin care recipes that use neem oil as an ingredient!

Neem Oil’s Uses for Skin and Hair Care

Since I first learned about neem oil two years ago, I’ve been thrilled with the discovery. Neem oil is a carrier oil that I’ve found to have significant healing properties and many applications for use in both skin care and hair care products. Used both medicinally and cosmetically for hundreds of years, neem oil is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and possesses moisturizing and regenerative properties. In addition it also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) properties and contains both vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

First used in India in 2000-4000BC, neem oil is a key herb used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. Neem oil is commonly used topically to treat rheumatism, eczema, ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores, psoriasis, warts, chronic syphilitic sores, infected burn wounds, and slow-healing skin ulcers. It has also been show to help control various skin infections including scabies and candida. Following is my collection of homemade skin and hair care recipes that contain neem oil so you can discover and create your own favorite neem oil recipes.

DIY Homemade Lanolin Salve Recipe with Calendula, Neem Oil, and Rosewood Essential Oil - Excellent for Dry or Cracked Skin, Eczema and Psoriasis

Neem Oil Salve & Cream Recipes

Non-greasy Lavender Body Butter Recipe – This non-greasy lavender body butter recipe is easy to craft and makes a wonderful homemade gift idea. A touch of natural neem oil is added for it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Natural Heal & Protect Lanolin Foot Salve Recipe – Treat your feet with my all natural rosemary and neem oil foot salve recipe. It’s perfect for dry and even cracked feet and helps to prevent fungal growth and infections caused by diabetes or ingrown toe nails.

Neem Oil & Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe – This natural neem oil and bee pollen skin cream recipe combines the healing power of neem oil with the skin soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen.

Natural Foot Repair Salve Recipe – If your feet are damaged or it toenail fungus or even athlete’s foot seems to be an ongoing problem for you then this natural foot repair salve recipe is just what your feet need!

Homemade Neem Cream Recipe for Eczema and Psoriasis – Use this all natural, organic neem cream recipe on cold sores for faster healing time as well as on feet to help clear up and prevent athlete’s foot. You can also use it all over as needed for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Natural Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe – As neem oil is such a great natural carrier oil, I chose to make a natural neem salve recipe that highlights neem’s skin soothing and healing properties.

This Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin combines ingredients known for their acne fighting properties to help skin acne free!

Neem Oil Body Scrub & Soap Recipes

Natural Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe – This homemade neem oil soap recipe is formulated specifically for those with eczema and psoriasis as well as scalp conditions like dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Neem Oil & Tea Tree Foot Scrub Recipe – This natural neem oil & tea tree foot scrub recipe helps keep feet looking and feeling great year round! Natural salts and fine ground pumice exfoliate dead skin cells and rough calluses while gentle kaolin clay helps to detox skin. In addition, naturally anti-fungal neem oil and tea tea tree oil work together in this neem oil & tea tree foot scrub recipe to help keep feet fungus free or to aid in clearing up any existing conditions like toe nail fungus or athlete’s foot!

Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin – This coconut oil facial soap recipe for acne prone skin combines ingredients known for their acne fighting properties to help keep skin acne free!

Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin – This men’s body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren’t a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won’t leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe

Neem Oil Shampoo & Hair Care Recipes

Natural Cream Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe – This all natural homemade shampoo recipe is suited for dry to normal hair and is an excellent alternative if you suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis or other stubborn skin and scalp ailments.

Eyebrow Shaper Wax Recipe – This DIY eyebrow shaper wax provides hold without being sticky or leaving clumps behind like other eyebrow shaper wax pencils can. It also won’t pull out eyebrow hair with use as I found was sometimes an issue.

Natural Flea Repelling Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe – This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem oil works to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

Homemade Hair Oil Recipe for Dry Hair – This natural hair oil recipe is perfect for dry or damage hair! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair’s needs.

Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe with Neem Oil – This natural dog shampoo recipe helps to keep your dog’s coat feeling soft and healthy while also tackling pesky skin issues common in some breeds.

Handmade DIY Natural Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe

Neem Oil Home Remedy Recipes

Natural Anti-Fungal Toenail Fungus Treatment Recipe – This toenail fungus treatment recipe is simple to make and has a long shelf life. Simply apply to affected toenails twice per day until condition clears completely and healthy nails have grown back in.

Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs Recipe – This recipe is based off the ingredients of commercial fresh breath gels but without the grain alcohol.

Natural Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe – Get rid of cold sores fast with this natural homemade cold sore therapy lip balm recipe. Made with naturally anti-viral neem oil and tea tree oil, this lip balm helps to prevent cold sores if applied at the first sign of a tingle or zaps them practically overnight when applied to affected area several times a day.

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Natural Flea Repelling Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

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This dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas.

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem oil works to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog's coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem and tree oil work to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

Natural Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. pure neem oil
.5 oz. colloidal oatmeal
.75 oz. bentonite clay
.25 oz. calendula flower powder
3 ml rosemary essential oil
1 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the arrowroot powder, neem oil, colloidal oatmeal, bentonite clay and calendula flower powder for this dry dog shampoo recipe and combine in a food processor or coffee grinder.

Using graduated transfer pipettes then measure out the essential oils and add them to the other ingredients.

Mix well using your food processor or grinder until thoroughly combined then transfer into a sifter bottle or other container.

To use apply a generous amount of dry dog shampoo to your dog’s coat and massage in with your hands. Then brush out using a dog brush.

Like this homemade dry dog shampoo recipe? Then also be sure to try my DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs also with neem oil! Or click here for even more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soap recipes, salve recipes and cream recipes. Alternately you can also purchase pre-made dry shampoo for both cats and dogs at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Made from botanical ingredients they’re dry shampoo contains no harmful chemicals, no essential oils, and no artificial fragrances.

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Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk

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Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk

This homemade shampoo bar recipe is formulated with ingredients hair loves like argan, babassu and jojoba oils, cocoa and shea butters and even silk! It’s then scented with a ginger and lime fragrance oil to give your sunny summer mornings a bit of extra lift. Don’t feel restricted to just using this homemade shampoo bar on your hair and scalp though. It’s also great for your face and skin with ingredients that also include rosehip oil and apricot kernel oil both praised for their moisturizing and healing properties. Plus this homemade shampoo bar recipe is palm free for the eco-conscious.

Ginger & Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. apricot kernel oil
7.2 oz. argan oil
10.8 oz. babassu oil
7.2 oz. refined & deodorized cocoa butter
11.52 oz. refined 76°F melt point coconut oil
3.6 oz. sweet almond oil
7.2 oz. clear/refined jojoba oil
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
3.6 oz. refined & deodorized shea butter
2.88 oz. rosehip (seed) oil

23.7 oz. distilled water
9.5 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 oz. silk amino acids powder
3 Tablespoons French green clay
4.5 oz. Fresh Ginger Lime fragrance oil, or scent of choice

Instructions:

This homemade shampoo bar recipe yields approximately 20-24 homemade soap bars depending on how they are cut and uses two of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds. If you want to resize this recipe, I superfatted this recipe at 7% with water as percent of oil rate at 33%.

To make this homemade shampoo bar recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions taking all safety precautions necessary.

Begin by weighing out the lye and water and pouring the lye into the distilled water, mixing until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next , using your digital scale, weigh out all of the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium on the stove until all of the ingredients have melted then remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

Once the oils and lye/water reach around 95°-100°F you can begin the soapmaking process. I generally add my dry ingredients to the oils before adding the lye/water but you can add the clay and silk when you’d like by either mixing into the oils before adding the lye/water or adding to the soap at a light trace.

Pour the lye/water into the oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Then add the fragrance oil along with the silk amino acids powder and French green clay if you did not add these previously. Mix well then pour into your prepared soap molds and cover. After 24 hours have passed you can unmold your homemade soap loafs and cut into bars.

Allow your fresh homemade shampoo bars to cure for 4-6 weeks before use, then package and label as desired.

Not ready to make cold process soaps that involve using lye? Then be sure to give my Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe a try! It starts with a natural Castile liquid soap base so no lye is needed on your end to create it!

For more homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest for more homemade shampoo bar recipes, homemade soap recipes and other beauty DIY’s and skin care recipes.

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Natural Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

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Homemade Natural Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe - Great for Troubled Scalps and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Looking to kick your commercial shampoo that contains sulfates and parabens? Then you’ll love my natural rosemary mint shampoo recipe. This all natural homemade shampoo recipe is suited for dry to normal hair and is an excellent alternative if you suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis or other stubborn skin and scalp ailments. Unlike traditional shampoos, this natural shampoo is a cream shampoo and a small amount will go a long way. Use it as often as you like and share some with your favorite pooch too!

Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe

Natural Cream Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4 oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap (or organic unscented Castille Soap)
.3 oz. refined shea butter
.3 oz. liquid lecithin
.25 oz. argan oil
.2 oz. macadamia nut oil
.15 oz. neem oil
2.5 ml rosemary essential oil
2 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter in a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power in the microwave or a double boiler just until melted then weigh out the soy lecithin and stir into the melted shea butter. Weigh out the liquid soap, macadamia nut oil, argan oil and neem oil and stir into the shea butter and soy lecithin.

How to Make Natural Homemade Cream Shampoo

Now using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and the essential oils. Mix well and set aside to cool completely. You can hasten this process by placing the container in the refrigerator. Once the shampoo has cooled and thickened whisk with a fork until the consistency of the natural cream shampoo is smooth then spoon into your container of choice.

To use simply scoop a small amount into your hands and massage onto wet hair then rinse. Follow with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse made from equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Follow with your favorite conditioner if desired.

For your furry friends, use this shampoo up to once a week on your dog’s coat to gently cleanse his coat and calm skin irritations.

For more natural homemade shampoo recipes as well as homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, TwitterTumblr, and Instagram so you never miss a post!


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Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe with Neem Oil

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Homemade Natural DIY Dachshund Doggie Shampoo Recipe with Neem Oil for Dogs with Troubled Skin

Every spring through summer my dachshund enjoys spending his outdoor time rolling in grass and weeds and wildflowers. This inevitably causes his super sensitive skin to break out. As of course a multitude of various skin conditions are common ailments for dachshunds, not just allergies. So last I created a homemade dog shampoo recipe with neem oil after learning about all of its great benefits. I used it on my own dog and then also had friends use it on their dogs. One these dogs in particular was given an expensive prescription shampoo by their vet that didn’t do a whole lot to alleviate the symptoms, so as a last resort they tried my shampoo. Within hours of the first bath the results were obvious. Not only did it help overall but it also eventually cleared up the problem all together. I experienced the same with my dog but without the trip to the vet.

However, I found that my original homemade dog shampoo recipe would separate and I’d have to shake it before every use to keep it mixed. So this year I reinvented the recipe a bit and added in certified organic non-GMO liquid soy lecithin as an emulsifier and thickener. It also has skin softening and moisturizing properties. I added enough lecithin to give my shampoo a cream consistency so if you don’t have a suitable shampoo type bottle you can store this in a jar. For a thinner shampoo, you may use less lecithin. Alternately, in lieu of lecithin you can experiment with using an emulsifying wax or cetyl alcohol per recommended guidelines. However, if you are against using palm oil, you’ll want to opt against these two ingredients as cetyl alcohol is primarily derived from palm oil and emulsifying wax is typically cetyl-stearyl alcohol composed of 50% cetyl alcohol and 50% stearyl alcohol derived from coconut and palm kernel oils.

Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8 fluid oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons neem oil
.5 oz. Shea Butter
.5 oz. certified organic non-GMO liquid soy lecithin

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter and melt in either a double boiler or a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Weigh out the lecithin and mix into the shea butter until it also becomes liquid, then combine with the liquid soap and neem oil.

Use a funnel to pour into lotion or shampoo bottles or pour into a jar or other container of your choice. Shake to mix occasionally once it’s almost cooled completely and again once cooled to ensure all ingredients are incorporated evenly. It does try to separate out during the cooling process but stays mixed once all ingredients have cooled.

To use simply apply to your dog’s wet coat and massage in giving special attention to any problem areas. Use once a week as needed until condition clears. For troublesome “hot” spots follow with a natural neem oils salve to affected areas.

Please note neem oil is not recommended for cats.

You may also want to try these other natural homemade recipes that use neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.

You’ll find more homemade bath and skin care recipes on my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!


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