Neem is a tall flowering tree grown in India. Its seeds are cold-pressed to release antimicrobial neem oil that supports natural beauty and oral health.**
What is Neem Oil?
The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is a tall flowering plant native to the Indian subcontinent. Although the tree produces small fruit and blooms, its oil is typically collected from its seeds. In India, where neem is a part of various cultural traditions, the plant has been referred to for centuries as a sacred tree. Traditional Ayurvedic wellness practices value neem oil for its cleansing properties, using it to support the health of skin, hair and teeth, as well as in other therapeutic applications.**
Research has shown that neem oil contains various beneficial phytochemicals, including antioxidant phenols such as gallic acid and fatty acids such as oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid) and palmitic acid. Studies have pointed to its antimicrobial qualities, which may be linked to its reputation for promoting clear skin and healthy gums. Neem oil is often found in anti-aging skin cream, and can be applied directly to the skin for its softening effect. As a skin serum, neem oil’s antimicrobial properties may also help to soothe away blemishes and inflammatory issues, promoting supple and clear skin.**
Neem oil is also sometimes included in oral health products and toothpaste; it may fight the development of plaque by neutralizing bacteria in the mouth. Straight neem oil may be applied directly to the gums and gum line to support oral health. Neem oil may also be used as a post-shampoo hair conditioner that supports lustrous, healthy hair.**
Neem oil products for external use are primarily derived from the cold-pressed seeds of the tree. The tree's oil is often available as a liquid or as a part of skin creams, lotions, shampoos, soaps and toothpaste. The oil is for external use only; it should not be ingested.**
Neem Directions for Use
Before starting any kind of supplement routine, it is important to consult with your health care professional. There is no standard neem oil dosage; it is applied topically.**