In response to:
Malena from Slidell Louisiana on September 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm who wrote: "My chocolate lab got mange. We cured in two weeks. Once daily we slathered her head to toe in a mixture of coconut oil, neem oil and tea tree oil. Washed her bedding daily. Gave her a bath every three days to wash off old oil and reoiled her. Its messy and smelly but well worth the effort. We bought large containers of coconut oil from Sams club, Tea Tree oil from Walgreens and Neem Oil from asian markets and then we found large bottles on Amazon."
Neem oil made a skin problem I had much, much worse. And lengthened the time it took to cure it by many many months. It seemed to “lift” the “patina” of something foreign that was living on the surface of my skin as I rubbed it on and into my skin.
Kind of the way dead skin after a sunburn can lift off. For that reason I thought neem oil was helping get rid of whatever it was that was living on my skin. But after some weeks of using neem oil, my skin problem got much worse. The “lifting” both increased the area that was infected by this foreign stuff that was living on my skin, and drove it deeper into my skin.
The cure I finally found was a homeopathic remedy. This remedy triggered my own immune system to fight the growth — in stages. One of the stages includes the surface-eruption of what appear to be “roots” of the growth in small hard bumps that form long-lasting scabs, or spots that resemble burns and form scabs as well. I'm right-handed, and I used neem oil primarily on my upper left arm and the front of my right thigh, and the largest, toughest, most enduring breakouts took place in these two areas as the homeopathy did its job. Neem oil drove the life-form deeper into my skin.
This is simply an honest report of what happened to me with neem oil. If you use homeopathy, it is definitely best NOT to ever put anything on your skin other than water (and nontoxic soap where needed). That's one of the many things I learned the incredibly hard way. I tried at least 30, probably more, natural cures. Homeopathy is the only thing that has worked.
Neem Oil Side Effects
I just wanted to let people know that I used neem oil -- about four bottles all together, maybe five -- for a skin problem, and it made the problem worse. Whatever it was that invaded my skin seemed to actually like the stuff, and the oil spread the problem to a larger area and made the invader go deeper, which I believe made the problem last a lot longer than it would have without neem. I used so much, I actually was starting to like the strange smell of neem. I have never found a description of a skin disease that matches my problem, in spite of more hours of searching than I can count. At least a hundred. So it's probably rare. The symptoms are a brownish freckle-like sheath on the surface of the skin, from which it seems like no harm is being done; but nothing, and I mean nothing, would make it go away. Then sulphur baths triggered what I guess people call "an aggravation" -- a partial breakout of bumps that contained what seemed like the seeds of whatever the sheath is/was.
That was the beginning of my discovering a cure. Before finding the cure, I tried -- for a couple years -- about 50 non-toxic possibilities, including neem, clove, tea tree, peppermint, coconut, and other oils, lactic acid (whey), acetic acid (vinegar), acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), sauna, infra-red sauna, no-sulphur mineral water soaks, various soaps, alkaline water, acidic water, alkaline body, alkaline blood, adequate sleep, giving up gluten (for other reasons not related to the skin problem), etc. etc. etc. I can't even remember everything else, there was so much. None of it made the problem worse, as I'm pretty sure neem did. But it didn't get rid of the problem either. I'm glad neem does help for whatever it helps for. I just wanted to let people know that there is at least one harmful skin growth that likes neem. What did finally work was homeopathy. I also have been taking systemic enzymes. Those are the two most helpful things I did. (Oh, I had given up all forms of sugar, including fruit, years before I was exposed to and contracted the skin problem, and gave up grains during the battle with the skin invader.)
After getting the mild outbreak from sulphur baths, I read about homeopathy helping people with other skin ailments, and the homeopathy I used induced a severe outbreak (and overlapping series of outbreaks) that went on for about ten months but is now I think/hope about 70 percent gone. Homeopathic teachers/healers say each person is different, so what works for one person might not work for another. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't hurt if you use the wrong remedy. Also, anyone who's reading this, it really is true that our illnesses are opportunities to have better health than ever before.
For one example, I had a lifelong health problem with my bladder (from age five or earlier) (not an infection, but the many many doctors I went to for help were useless and in some cases harmful) that I had accepted as a horrible but incurable part of my life; my search for a cure for my skin problem led me to homeopathy, which to my complete amazement 80 percent cured me of my lifelong horrible bladder problem before the skin problem was cured. Actually, the skin problem is slowly slowly slowly but very surely going away still. I didn't have hope for a long time, and now I'm certain it's so conquered that its disappearance is going to continue until it's completely gone. (By the way, for sulphur baths, you can use epsom salt from the drug store or go to a natural spring.)