DIY Neem Infused Coconut Oil (Recipe 5)

Hi Maicurlies,

This is my second to last Infused Oil (I promise)

Infusing Neem Leaves

Infusing Neem Leaves

I already wrote about Neem and the benefits of Neem Infused Oil over here. To summarize:

  • It contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties
  • Eases skin irritations, rashes, itchiness and is said to help ease eczema (I am not a doctor nor a dermatologist therefore always check with a professional).
  • Reduces the appearance of light burns and scars
  • Helps reduce hair shedding & breakage
  • Known to help slow down premature graying & the appearance of grey hairs
  • Naturally and gradually darkens the hair
  • Provides the hair with shine & luster
  • Promotes hair growth.


  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Container
  • Sieve
  • 1.5 cups of dried Neem Leaves (you can use powder e.g. 1/4 cup*)
  • 2 cups of Virgin Coconut Oil (you can use any oil of choice)
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional – you can use any oil of choice but if you are pregnant do not use any essential oil).

*If you use the powder I would recommend putting it in a coffee filter or cheese cloth to help keep the oil and powder separate.

Mixing Process:

 I have a video up on my process:

NOTE: I am not a dermatologist nor a doctor. I provide this for informational purposes only so please consult with a professional before you apply anything new to your skin or hair. Should you be taking medication or creams from a medical professional please do not replace that with my DIY recipe – consult your medical professional first! If you are allergic to any of the ingredients I use do not use them. Do a small patch test on the inside of your arm when trying anything new before applying it all over your hair/skin. Always ensure to dilute the Essential Oils (EO) in a carrier oil as they can cause skin irritations if used undiluted. If you are pregnant you should NOT use any EO.

If you try this please let me know how it turns out. If you make your own Infused Neem Oil I would love to hear from you!



21 thoughts on “DIY Neem Infused Coconut Oil (Recipe 5)

    1. Maicurls Post author

      I actually experimented using fresh leaves when I started out but it didn’t end well. To keep it simple, you will end up with a batch of leaves going rotten in oil. Fresh leaves contain liquid (water etc) and in an airtight container immersed in oil, that basically starts to make the leaves turn bad. My suggestion is you let yours dry (air dry) and then use them.


    2. Ron Mac

      Fresh leaves will have to be well boiled to get rid of water…heating above 45° C reduces the potency of Neem.
      Additionally rotting fresh leaves could make for an objectionable odor..


  1. SimpleSimon

    Just curious on how I could use this as a deterrent to bedbug bites. I bought some Neem Aura naturals Neem seed oil and got some unrefined virgin coconut oil and some Lavender and Tea Tree oils. How would I go about mixing this, as in the ratio of each? Keep in mind the Neem oil comes in a 1oz dropper bottle…?

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    1. maicurls Post author

      Hi SimpleSimon,

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

      Right, I would suggest using 3 oz Coconut Oil, 2 drops of each Essential Oil (EO) and since the Neem oil comes in a dropper I would use no more than 5 drops. You might notice that the concentrated Neem oil has an unpleasant scent (so I am told) if it is a little too much to handle then add 1 more drop of Lavender EO . You want to make sure you are using enough Coconut oil to dilute the EO since they are quite strong and you don’t want to use it undiluted on your skin.

      I really would love to hear how it goes for you once you give it a shot!


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    1. maicurls Post author

      Hi Kyndra,

      You could put the powder in the oil but the powder will not dissolve so if you do not somehow separate them then you will have neem powder coating your hair. What I would suggest is to filter the oil after you have let the powder infuse directly in the oil using either a coffee filter or cheese cloth. This is just personal choice of course but like I said you could end up with a coating of neem powder otherwise. Hope that helps! 🙂


    1. maicurls Post author

      Both are really good but I must admit I am a little bias towards the coffee oil simply because I LOVE to smell of it lol. Neem has a bunch of really great benefits too but that coffee oil…mmmmm. Yes please do let me know what you think once you’ve tried the oil 🙂


      1. maicurls Post author

        I actually get mine fresh from Neem trees and dry them but if you have a local Indian store near you you should be able to find Neem powder from the Hesh brand. If you use the powder I would recommend that you put it in a coffee filter or perhaps a cheese cloth (I haven’t used a cheese cloth before). Once the infusion is done all you have to do is take out the filter and the oil is ready :). In case you get “bits” in the oil then just run the oil through a filter/cheese cloth for good measure.


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