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NEEM FOR HORSES

  Neem is currently one of the world’s most researched trees!

I started to do research into natural sweetitch remedies and came across neem about 15 years ago, all the data then was for humans, my research with neem brought me to the conclusion that what was good for us could also be utilized for our horses, dogs, cats, chickens…………………….

I learnt that neem seeds and leaves contain many compounds which were useful for pest control and the neem compounds work on the insects hormonal system, not on the digestive or nervous system. These compounds are called limonoids. which don’t kill insects as such but disrupt their growth and reproduction. It repels many species of pest/insects and is so potent that just a little presence of neem will prevent some insects from even touching plants. 
So, on to people and neem.
The Neem lotion is brilliant for treating skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, chapped skin and other conditions and it even smells nice!
Neem Leaf Capsules are the easiest way for us to take neem leaf. I have also successfully treated one of my rescue dogs who had a urinary infection with neem capsules.
Neem toothpaste – absolutely amazing for gingivitis, gum disease, sensitive teeth and gums, contains no fluoride and no it doesn’t taste of neem!
Neem Shampoo –use as a therapeutic hair wash for scalp condtions and also for the treatment of nits.
Neem handy stick is a great way to carry around a little bit of neem, lipstick size and great for grazes, stings, chapped lips etc. 
The Neem leaf extracts have a powerful antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and anti-bacterial effect. unlike synthetic chemicals that often produce side effects such as allergic reactions, rashes etc. Neem is gentle and does not create any complications.
Medicinal properties of neem have been known to Indians since time immemorial. The earliest Sanskrit medical writings refer to the benefits of neem’s fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark. Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine

In Ayurvedic literature neem is described in the following manner: ‘Neem bark is cool, bitter, astringent, acrid and refrigerant. It is useful in tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestation. It heals wounds and vitiated conditions of kapha, vomiting, skin diseases, excessive thirst, and diabetes. Neem leaves are reported to be beneficial for eye disorders and insect poisons. It treats Vatik disorder. It is anti-leprotic. It’s fruits are bitter, purgative, anti-hemorrhoids and anthelmintic’.
Neem’s antiseptic properties are widely recognized now. “Neem preparations are reportedly efficacious against a variety of skin diseases, septic sores, and infected burns. The leaves, applied in the form of poultices or decoctions, are also recommended for boils, ulcers, and eczema. The oil is used for skin diseases such as scrofula, indolent ulcers and ringworm.
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The Power Of Neem

Even though I have been using neem for over 15 years I am always amazed at how quickly it can heal open cuts/wounds.

I have used neem oil on big open wounds that could not be stitched by the vet, initially I used the neem oil to keep the flies away until I realized what an amazing job the neem oil did in reducing inflammation, gave pain relief, kept the area clean -anti bacterial and oh my what a great healer.

Neem is always the first potion I reach for, no wonder it is called the village pharmacy in India.

I believe everyone should grow a neem tree or at least have a pot of neem oil at the ready.

Pics attached are of 1st day of cut (grey legs), then the next pic after 5 days with applying the neem oil daily. A couple of weeks later I went out to take pics and I couldn`t even find any sign of the wounds, completely healed, all hair grown back.

2nd pics taken on the 3rd day after neem oil had already been applied for 3 days. (black legs)

New to Bitless and Barefoot is the new`Neem pro Riddance`

I am at present testing this with Vida who has really bad sweetitch and allergic to fly bites.  At present I have been using neat neem oil and feeding neem leaf internally which works amazingly well.  This new product is less oily and you dilute it in water, either spray or sponge on.  A single application of Neem Pro Riddance is normally sufficient to provide control for up to 10 weeks. 100ml bottle dilutes to 5 litres.

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Out of desperation for one of our horses that had terrible sweetitch I did a lot of research, and accidently dropped upon neem oil.  I had never heard of it before, and bought a little bottle from an Indian shop. When I applied it, it instantly gave relief and the midges wouldn`t go anywhere near it.  I was so impressed with neem that I decided to sell the products.  About 14 years ago when I dropped upon neem it wasn`t really known in the U.K, so it was difficult to get hold of.  Now I have a great supplier who imports his neem from India and has his own pharmacist to hand whenever he needs advice.

Over these 14 years I have trialled neem for so many ailments with my horses, and neem never fails to impress me with it`s amazing results.

Below are some of the ailments/allergies/conditions I have used neem successfully on my 4 legged friends.

Barefoot horses - Pure neem oil is amazing for thrush. Sometimes we don`t notice in time that our horses hooves are changing shape, the frog is becoming narrow and the central sulcus is closing up.  This could be a sign of thrush.  I have experminented for a long time now with neem and thrush, and can honestly say neem does work for this condition. I have poured and rubbed the pure cold pressed neem oil into the frog area, the grooves and the central sulcus area daily and then every other day and so on and so on.  The central sulcus area starts to widen, the frog expands and starts to look much healthier. 

Sweetitch  Pure cold pressed neem oil is just amazing for soothing bad places where your horse has rubbed, it keeps the midges at bay whilst the bad places heal.  It is so safe to use you can put it onto the sore areas, as this will heal and sooth and keep the midges away.  I part the mane and pour a few drops onto the skin and massage in.  With the tail I rub the oil into the top part and massage well, they love this!  Once your horse has healed but is still prone to the midges I recommend applying it every other day as and when you think your horse needs it.  In the summer I can go for maybe 3 - 4 days before I have to re-apply the neem oil. Some people believe sweetitch is down to the immune system not working properly, so I also give neem leaf in with their food.

You can also emulsify the neem oil with a little natural washing up liquid, bubble bath or shampoo. You can then use this to sponge on all over the body.  When I make it, I always make it quite strong so that I can smell the neem oil.  You can also put this mixture into a spray bottle as an insect repellent.

Open Wounds - I have used pure Neem Oil on open wounds with amazing results.  Horses hate to have  cuts and wounds washed out, so all you need is Neem Oil, as this will clean the infection, keep flies at bay, sooth and heal all at the same time.  I have tried this several times now, and Neem is a truly great healer!

Ticks -  I`ve only ever used the neem oil on individual ticks on my horses and dogs with fast results.  However I did have a client who had moved one of her horses to another field and when she went to see her horse he was absolutely covered in ticks, all over his face.  I`d never seen anything like this before.  I suggested the neem oil, which she rubbed all over his face.  The next day she went up to see her horse and was truly amazed that the ticks had all gone.  She actually wrote an article in one the horse magazines about her poor horse and the amazing neem oil.  Neem Oil is so gentle on our horses, but so powerful

Hi suze
Just to let you know that my mare came in yesterday with about fifteen ticks on her muzzle. There was no way she`d let me pluck them out esp with them being in a such a sensitive place so I had a little think and then decided to give the neem oil a go. I rubbed it into the whole of her muzzle and by the next morn all of the ticks had gone. She had a few when she came in today as well so we`ve done the same and are expecting the same results! Thanks for selling such an awesome product:)

Rainscald - If your horse ever gets rainscald, I highly recommend neem oil and neem shampoo, both are amazing at clearing and healing this skin condition.

Mud Fever - When one of my guys had mud fever many years ago I reached straight for the neem oil,this is always my first choice when dealing with my 4 legged friends. I detest all the chemical concoctions on the market, and know they can do more harm than good.  I applied the neat neem oil directly onto the bad areas, this gave instant relief to my boy as neem is anti-inflamatory and anti-viral.  I applied this daily, eventually going to every other day. After a few days the scabs would start to lift off, and we had beautiful clean flesh underneath.   I also fed neem leaf in his feed which gave his immune system a boost. I don`t believe in washing down the legs as personally I think this does more harm.

Immune System - Neem Leaf is a brillliant natural product to add to your horses feed, as well as being great to give the immune system a good boost.  Neems anti-bacterial properties can help kill infectious causes and anti-inflamatory properties and pain suppressing properties, help with arthritis and other such joint problems.

Internal Worms -  Neem teas have always been regularly used throughout the tropics to rid the body of intestinal worms.  I`ve done trials on this with my horses with good results using the leaf and bark and having egg counts done regularly. Egg counts came back very low every time.  With the egg counts, tape worms don`t show up, so this is something we must think about.

Pinworms, also known as threadworm.  Pinworms are small white worms which live in the large intestine and around the anus.  The females lay their yellow sticky eggs on the skin around the anus, causing irritation i.e. rubbing tail area on trees, doors, gates, posts etc.  Rubbing tails can also be a sign of sweetitch.  Pinworms tend to lay their eggs at night, so best to apply the neem oil evening time. Neem is soothing and has insecticidal properties.

Due to the overuse of chemical wormers, worms are becoming resistant , one of the worms is the pinworm,  I have found feeding the neem leaf and applying the neem oil directly to the anus breaks the cycle.  

Urinary Infections. Neems antibiotic and antiviral properties help with urinary tract problems.  My horses have never had this problem, but I have trialled the neem leaf capsules with one of my dogs and yes it did clear up the infection.  I took her off the neem leaf and the infection came back. I put her back on the neem leaf for a longer course and it worked again.  So in theory neem leaf should work the same for our equine friends.

Gastro Problems - Neem leaf and bark used together help with conditions like stomach ulcers and gastro problems.

Neem products are deemed safer to use medicinally than honey and all Neem products can be used on us humans and our animals with similar conditions as well as being highly beneficial to gardeners for controlling pests in a natural and organic way.

Neem products are unique in that they are not outright killers. Instead they alter the behaviour or life processes of insects in ways that can be extremely subtle. Eventually however the insect can no longer feed, breed or metamorphose and can cause no further damage.

One of Neems substances, Salannin, is so repugnant to insects it stops them from touching the plants they normally find the most delectable.

All the above products are available from my on-line shop. Neem4Humans.

To buy any of my neem products please go to my on-line shop which you will find on the top menu bar

Testimonials For Neem - please send all your thoughts on neem and how it has helped you and your horse/dog and I`ll add it to my website

The Neem has saved Anton this year, apparently he looks the best he has done in 7 or 8 years! He still has skin and hair on his face, he still has skin on his bottom, he hasn't bitten himself .... no open sores on his tummy and back and he's relaxed and comfortable One horse had awful summer sores on his willy ... really nasty, he had to have Ivermectin and antibiotic cream but we also used Neem on him to try to prevent reinfection. Now it's cleared we are using Neem twice a week on his willy and all is well. The whole stable smells of Neem! Lol!

Stephanie Parsons - Spain

Organic Cold Pressed Neem Oil 

500ml - £11.50

1 litre - £22.50

5 litres - £85.00

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Organic Neem Leaf 

1kg - £15.95 

2kgs - £30.00

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 Emulsifier -  This is a natural emulsifier to use with your neem oil to make fly sprays and to dilute your neem oil.

£2.00

30ml

Neem Horse Shampoo 

500ml - £17.50

1 litre - £32.00

Ingredients
Aqueous botanical infusions of:-
Hedera helix (ivy)*
Arnica montana (arnica)*
Sambucus nigra (elder)*
Malva sylvestris (mallow)*
Citrus aurantifolia (lime)*
Cucumis satvious (cucumber)*
INCI sodium cocoyl isethionate (surfactant from coconut)
silk amino acid
panthenol
sea salt
pearl proteins
SCO2 Azadirachta indica (neem) seed extract
Fragrance from a blend of essential oils
Hibiscus sabdaniffa (hibiscus) tincture*

* Certified organic ingredients

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Organic Neem Stick 

Handy neem, carry around whilst riding, great for the lips or for minor grazes, stings etc.

TheraNeem Neem Stick
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil*, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Leaf Extract*†, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil*, Tocopherol.
†Neem Extract contains Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*
* Organic
4.2g
£4.00

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