October 16, 2013

Neem Oil for horses

Azadirachta indica, flowers and leaves.
Azadirachta indica, flowers and leaves. © JM Garg

Traditionally known as the “village pharmacy”, the Neem tree’s pesticidal and medicinal properties have been known and used for centuries in India.

A natural oil from the Neem Tree which has wonderful properties not least of which is the ability to annihilate many serious skin conditions.

Applying a cream containing neem oil topically has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation. A compound called sodium nimbinate found in neem leaves has been shown to provide significant relief to inflamed tissue.

Other compounds such as nimbin, nimbinin and nimbidol are comparable to cortisone acetate in reducing inflammation.

A Neem tree.
A Neem tree. © Mamun2a

In one test with hydrocortisone, neem extract (sodium nimbinate) and several natural saponins neem was over four times more effective at reducing inflammation than hydrocortisone and more effective than the other agents tested.

Neem seed oil is very bitter with a garlic/sulphur smell and contains vitamin E and other essential amino acids. Neem oil’s highly concentrated anti-microbial active ingredients can be used directly on cuts, scrapes or serious skin conditions. The concentrated essential fatty acids help to restore moisture and elasticity to the skin while it disinfects and heals. Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil.

Neem’s antiseptic and healing properties make it an excellent first aid for minor cuts and abrasions. Neem has also been shown to be an excellent wound healer. Neem has the ability to increase vascular permeability by increasing the blood flow and by helping the body to rapidly create collagen fibers to close wounds. Healing will be significantly accelerated and scarring reduced by using neem to protect the injured skin.

Product Uses: Neem oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and relieves pain. It is good for dermatological conditions (chronic and acute) psoriasis, eczema, acne, herpes (genital and oral) shingles, dry skin, dandruff, lice, scabies, athletes foot, jock itch, ringworm, candida, wounds, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns. A safe and effective insect repellent and insecticide.

8 thoughts on “Neem Oil for horses

  1. Hi! Would you know the ratio to dilute neem oil with either water or another carrier oil like coconut oil to use it on op horses to treat lice? And how often should it be applied? Thanks much for all the valuable info!

    1. Hi Micaela
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Carol makes a wonderful Neem Spray for lice, ticks and fleas. This spray also contains manuka, rosemary, eucalyptus, thyme and lavender essential oils in a colloidal silver base. This is a applied daily.

  2. Hi my horses eyes run on the out side over her face and not through her nose.I have had the vet out to flush through her nose and up out her eyes.It has made a little difference but mostly still present.She has a pinky eye which has come back.I wipe her face daily with tea then around the eye with tea, then over her face avoiding the eye with my solution of oils (diluted tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus oil solution, 3t to a litre of water and 1 cup of tea) to prevent any skin conditions.have you any ideas that could help with this?

    1. Calendula tea is a perfect eye tonic, syringe into the eyes. please ensure everything you use is properly sterilised with boiled salty water.

  3. I have been depending on neem oil exclusively for years on my horses, dogs and cats and self to control fleas, ticks, lice, scabies, all skin conditions and to treat wounds. Only once did I have to use something else on a deep abscess on a horse’s wither caused by a falling tree limb. Honey and garlic did the trick on that one.

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