***Update on 23rd January 2014*** While many of you have made or will choose to make this cream for yourselves, I've received a lot of emails from those interested in purchasing it direct. From today I have my Neem Balm available on my shop site at this link.
Skin conditions of any sort can be uncomfortable, but Eczema and Psoriasis are probably two of the most common and irritating. Both are genetic auto-immune skin conditions that result in flaky, inflamed skin that can itch terribly and leave you feeling helpless and even embarrassed. If you or someone close to you suffers from one of them then you'll know just how much it can affect a person's life. Outbreaks are often red and swollen and can appear on any part of your body, from your hands to your knees to your face. While affected skin can often appear unsightly, it's the pain and tenderness that can affect people's lives for the worse.
However there are natural non-petroleum based options for treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis and at least one which can effectively clear up breakouts: Neem oil. Extracted from the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree, Neem oil is a thick red or green oil which is not only highly moisturising but is naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and provides external relief from pain and itchiness. Though its smell can be quite strong its medicinal qualities are impressive and it's relatively safe to use as a self-prescribed treatment. In fact the Indian culture has been using Neem oil for thousands of years for anything from skin diseases and inflammation to fevers and insecticide.
There are Neem oil skin creams already on the market and if you're interested in simply buying one then please visit my online shop. I've also provided a similar recipe below if you'd like to try your hand at making your own. This version is thicker than my own product but will melt on contact with your skin.