Homemade neem oil is a great thing to cure many health issues and even help you in the garden. It’s not even difficult to prepare it if you have fresh neem leaves and some free time. From the article below, you will find out how to prepare the neem oil using diverse DIY methods and even how to use it for some health problems or your household.
How to make neem oil at home
Neem oil is prepared from two different parts of the plant. Sometimes, it’s necessary to take the seed kernels and sometimes, they use the leaves and stems and everything that’s the body of the plant. Seed kernels are cold pressed and this oil is considered to be the most effective. However, if you don’t have a factory at home, you will hardly manage to receive this oil. The only way out is using leaves.
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Besides that, if you have at least once smelled the neem oil, you know the terrible odor that it has. The essences received from leaves smell much less than kernel extracts. This is another reason why neem oil from leaves can be more preferable than the kernel extracts.
There are three ways to receive the essence of the neem plant that you need. Two ways involve additional oils and in the end, you will receive the new oil, and the third one means receiving a water extract. That is, the essential neem oil will be dissolved in water. All these methods are pretty easy and you won’t need any special equipment or skills.
The first and the simplest one is the cold infusion method. It means that there will be no temperatures influencing the neem leaves. They will simply give their essence away to the medium without any chemical, mechanical, or thermal influence.
The second method involves the thermal impact. The neem leaves will give off their essential oil into the medium while undergoing the temperature of boiling. It quickens the process because everything you need to do is just wait for several minutes instead of several weeks.
Well, let’s now get down to the preparation of the leaves essence.
Neem oil cold preparation
You will need a glass jar with a tight lid, clean coconut oil, fresh neem leaves.
The process is as follows:
- Wash the leaves thoroughly and make sure there are no sand or soil particles
- Remove excess water carefully with a paper towel and allow the leaves for several minutes until the water evaporates completely
- Put them into a clean dry glass jar. Choose the size in such a way that the leaves don’t fill it to the brim. There should be enough space inside the jar
- Pour in the clean coconut oil. Make sure the oil covers the leaves
- Cover the jar with the lid and set aside for two weeks. The jar should be stored at a room temperature and away from the sunlight. The direct sun rays can destroy everything in a matter of minutes
- In two weeks, undo the lid and filter the oil into a separate jar or bowl. This is how you get the neem infused coconut oil. However, such a delicate method will provide you with only a little part of the essential oil that can be found in the neem leaves
- Store the oil in a tightly covered jar in a cool place as far away from the direct sunlight as possible and try to use it within some three to four months. This is the longest storage time under proper conditions for neem oil of this type
Neem oil hot infusion
Here, you will need the following: fresh neem leaves (possibly with stems), coconut oil, a good saucepan, and sieve for filtering out the end product.
The details of the process look like this:
- Wash neem leaves and, again, remove the excess water with a paper towel or just let it evaporate in a natural way
- Pour a generous amount of coconut oil into a saucepan and heat it up on the kitchen fire. Coconut oil is slightly milky when it’s cold but loses this color while being heated. You need to heat it up until it’s completely transparent
- In the meanwhile, grind the neem leaves with the help of a blender or a grinder. You will receive a thick paste with particles of leaves and stems
- When the oil is transparent, add the neem paste and stir immediately. Let the mixture boil, stirring it constantly and thoroughly
- When it boils, reduce the fire and keep on cooking for several minutes more. When you can see that the liquid in the saucepan is green, turn the fire off
- Filter the oil into a clean and dry glass jar with a tight lid. Press the residue out very carefully: you don’t want to lose the expensive oil, do you?
- This is how you can receive the neem infused coconut oil easily. The percentage of the neem essence in this mixture is much higher than in the previous example. You can apply this oil as it is or even dissolve with some neutral basic oils to reduce the concentration
- Store in a cool place, don’t expose to the direct sunlight and this extract will serve you for several months
Neem water extract
You will need, as usually, neem leaves and stems, some water, a big bowl for boiling, and a sieve for filtering. As soon as water extracts of the neem essential oil are not used for, say, cosmetic or medicinal purposes, you may not worry much about the cleanness of the leaves.
The point is that the water extraction is mostly used as a natural organic pesticide for a garden. The neem essential oil that all goes into the water while boiling is a perfect repellent not only for the garden but also for pets who need to be protected from ticks, mosquitos, and other insects.
The process is as simple as this:
- Take the leaves from stems and put them into the bowl together. Add enough water to cover the herbal parts
- Put the bowl onto a low fire and gradually let the water boil. When it boils thoroughly, reduce the fire and cover the bowl with a lid. Keep on boiling the leaves for 5 minutes more
- 5 minutes are enough to transmit everything useful from the leaves into the water. Remove the bowl from the fire and let it cool down
- When the liquid is no more scalding hot, remove the leaves from the water by hands, squeezing the leaves tightly to press out the remaining essential oil
- Then, filter the water into a jar or bottle with a tight lid to remove particles of leaves or so
- Spray over the garden plants with the help of special tools in generous amounts. You may not worry: it’s not dangerous for the pants but will make insects leave your garden
Bonus: homemade neem oil remedy for hair and scalp issues
The ingredients are practically the same: neem leaves, some base oil (coconut or sesame). However, it’s recommended to add fresh basil leaves, too, as their effect on hair and scalp is amazing. The remedy works for hair strengthening, to repel lice and kill their larvae, to remove scalp inflammations, and to make hair shine like silk.
The process of preparation is the same with the hot infusion. Grind washed neem and basil leaves and add them to the boiling base oil. Let the mixture boil for 15 minutes and then remove from the fire and allow for 2 hours more.
Filter the liquid into a glass jar and cover with a tight lid. Store, as always and as all other essential oils, in a cool dry place where the direct sunlight cannot reach it. Under proper conditions, it can be stored from three to four months without a fridge.
Warning! Remember that neem is said to be one of the most powerful organic contraceptives. If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy, consult your doctor before starting any work with neem, its oil, any parts of the plant, and other neem products.
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