What is Neem Oil?
Neem oil comes from pressing the leaves and seeds of the Neem Tree, also known as Indian Lilac or by the scientific name, Azadirachta indica. The Neem Tree is believed to have originated in either India or Burma. This plant can thrive in any warm, dry regions including Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. It is highly treasured in India and Southeast Asia for its medicinal value and has been used extensively in Ayurvedic treatments for many skin issues. Although it has a mustardy, garlicky odor, it’s high in nutrients that are incredibly beneficial to the skin. Some of those ingredients include omega 9, omega 6, vitamin E, antioxidants, and calcium.
How is Neem Oil Used?
Traditionally, Neem Oil was used to create skin & hair care products that soothed dryness, repaired skin damage, removed bacteria, eliminated head & body lice, prevented baldness, reduced scaring, treated acne, and slowed the graying of hair. Whew, that’s a lot of benefits, right!?! Neem oil may also be used to manage the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and other skin disorders.
Scientific studies have shown Neem to have properties that are:
- Anti-viral, inhibits the growth of viruses
- Anti-fungal, inhibits the growth of fungi
- Anti-bacterial, destroys the growth of bacteria
- Analgesic, provides topical pain relief
- Anti-inflammatory, reduces signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness
- Anti-microbial, suppresses the growth of microorganisms
“Neem trees are fascinating plants that have a powerful biological defense against many insects, fungi, and bacteria. Just Neem harvests these natural substances to create skincare products that effectively protect and heal the skin.” -Dr. Peter Radtke, Just Neem Co-Founder, Biochemist & Neem Expert
Adding Neem to a Skincare Routine
Neem oil is easy to use and blends easily into the skin, as well as with other oils. Because everyone’s skin is different, we always recommend patch testing products on your arm before jumping in and putting them on your face. After 24 hours, if you haven’t noticed signs of allergic reactions, it should be safe to use on the rest of your body. Just Neem Oil Blend combines the healing power of Neem with jojoba oil and other essential oils and can be used as a spot treatment for scrapes, abrasions, or blemishes. Our oil blend can also be added to your favorite moisturizer for a boost of nourishment and hydration. To treat larger areas of the body, add Neem oil to a warm bath, this is especially great for those who suffer from psoriasis or eczema.
Our product line offers you all-natural, plant-based products that are easy to use and give your healthy and happy skin. Start with cleansing, moisturizing, and treating your skin with our soaps, lotions, and oil for daily use on the face and body. Then, pamper your skin with the body polish, face mask, and body butter.
Why Just Neem?
Although we’re not the first to have skincare products with Neem Oil, we have specially formulated our line to be gentle and effective. Additionally, our products are all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates and parabens. Our Neem Oil is fair trade and sustainably sourced from our farm in Mauritania. Every purchase helps support the third world economy in Northwest Africa.
With a history of use spanning thousands of years, neem oil is an intriguing, all-natural oil that you may consider trying for a variety of skin conditions, and as an anti-aging treatment.