In India, the neem tree, or neem (Azadirachta indica), is a sacred tree, which gives a vegetable oil benefits recognized for centuries. These are the almonds extracted from the kernel of the fruit of this tropical tree that are cold pressed to produce the oil. Neem oil has a pretty strong odor, so many people prefer to use it diluted in other vegetable oils.
Natural insecticide of the most effective, neem oil is also the queen of “anti”: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, it is also hydrating and softening, thanks to its content of fatty acids, amino acids and vitamin E.
Its antibacterial and antifungal action helps fight against skin infections, from acne to mycoses, eczema and psoriasis. Nourishing and emollient, neem oil soothes irritations and softens the skin. It can be used alone or in combination with other natural products, such as clay on acne pimples. Applied in a thin layer, it is still an excellent repellent against insects.
Used in lotion, neem oil soothes itchy scalp, fights dandruff and fights lice. In this case, it is better to apply it as a mask all over the hair and leave for a few minutes before rinsing. Moms may well appreciate it!
– Antifungal and antiviral, neem oil fights lice and other parasites.
– Bactericidal action: pure neem oil used has a bactericidal action against many bacterial strains.
– Repulsive and destructive action on insects: a lot of research has been done in this area.
Risks, precautions and contraindications of neem oil
Neem oil should never be heated above 60 ° C at the risk of losing its assets. Moreover, its use is exclusively external. Neem oil is indeed an endocrine disruptor.
Mode of conservation
Dry, protected from light and heat. Neem oil solidifies at a temperature below 25 ° C, but this does not change its properties.