It wasn’t that long ago that I had never heard of Neem Oil. Now, I’m not sure how I ever lived without it.
For small jobs in the greenhouse, I use 1 tsp. Neem Oil, 1/2 to 1 tsp. Castille soap and fill the spray bottle with water. For big jobs in the garden, I use a hose end sprayer and set it to 1 – 2 T. per gallon for most applications. If I’m having a serious infestation, I may bump it up to 3 T. per gallon.
If you aren’t familiar with Neem Oil for use in the garden, this site might help. There’s also great info here. There’s little air circulation in the greenhouse and I battle mites in there. Neem Oil will get rid of the mites, it’s also good as an insecticide, fungicide, miticide and pesticide but yet, it’s supposed to be safe. According to this article, it doesn’t even hurt the bees if used sparingly. In this part of the country, it’s almost impossible to garden without using something and so far, except for those blasted grasshoppers, Neem works well for me.
The funny thing is . . Neem is also said to be good for humans. Supposedly, it’s good for hair, skin, nails . . you name it! I have a bit of a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I’m using Neem oil to help my skin and hair, and I’m spraying it on my plants to kill bugs. But . . I’m doing it.
This Neem Butter is one of my favorite creams when I feel like my skin needs a little more help than my homemade hand cream can offer. I wonder why I never thought to add a few drops of this oil to my hand cream recipe. Maybe I’ll try that.
If all that I read is true, this is some pretty amazing stuff.