Neem oil is derived through crushing the fruits and seeds of the neem aka Azadirachta indica, which is a common tree in India & Burma. Some industries extract the neem oil using hexane, which makes it a lower quality compared to 100% pure cold pressed. This sub standard oil is used mostly in soap making.
Neem oil contains a lot of triterpenoid compounds, which accounts for its bitter taste and has a strong odour similar to garlic and sulfur. It also contains vitamin E, essential amino acids and a proportion of fatty acids.
Neem oil is especially good for treating eczema, psoriasis, itchy scalp and dandruff by adding it to regular shampoo. Consistent use should lead to a reduction if not total elimination of symptoms. It can also be diluted in a light carrier oil such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil.
There is a possibility for neem oil to solidify at low temperatures. If this happens, put the bottle in a bowl of warm water. It should take only a few minutes for it to liquefy.
Always verify the neem oil you are buying is 100% pure cold pressed. Most of the neem oil available in the store is usually amalgamated with other things such as mineral oil, which has a tendency to clog pores.
Fast fact: The leaves of the neem tree are also antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal. It’s used in a lot of skin care products because of these properties. I’ve used Himalaya Herbals purifying neem oil face wash for several years now. Gentle and very effective.
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