What is Neem Oil

Wondrous Neem Seed Oil

Oil…I use the word wondrous to describe it..more because it actually is…the old oils (most of which today’s generation is unaware of) are magical cures to many troubles each one of us face on a daily basis…Neem seed oil is just one of the many amazing oils…lets explore..
Neem seed oil…Well…firstly make you aware…it’s tree is common in the Indian sub-continent…the oil is taken out from the leaves and seeds of the tree (Azadirachta indica)…which by the way is an evergreen tree….

You know this Neem in reality is crimson hued..and has a very very strong smell….some try to compare it’s smell with strong smelling spices like garlic…. Its has an (to some its unbearable) very bitter taste…due to these things called triterpenoid compounds…it doesn’t get dissolved in water…or we can say its hydrophobic…it make it dissolve…we need to metamorphose it using certain special methods..

There’s this thing about it that the method in which the oil is extracted from the seeds or leaves…it affects the composition of the oil to quite an extent….since the methods used, such as pressing (expelling) or solvent extraction are unlikely to remove exactly the same mix of components in the same proportions….The neem oil yield that can be obtained from neem seed kernels is also quite distinct in literature from 25% to 45%….
A way by which you can get this oil…is by pressing (crushing) of the seed kernel….you know I mean…the pressing can be cold…or you can manipulate the tempertures in accordance with the need….

And yes there’s another way to obtain the oil….yes it’s by solvent extraction of the neem seed, fruit, oil, cake or kernel…..A stupendous industry in India obtain this oil remaining in the seed cake using hexane….But the only deal is that this solvent-extracted oil is of a lower quality as compared to the cold pressed oil and is mostly used for soap manufacturing…..Neem cake is a by-product obtained in the solvent extraction process for neem oil…

Some key information!
The Botanical Name of it- Azadirachta indica
It’s Shelf life- 2 years recommended
Is it Kosher certified- No
Its Origin- India
Extraction- Cold Pressed

hmm…so now you know this incredibly strong oil which is kind of semi-solid in its natural state…..You can make it a liquid…by any means..
by placing it in a pot of simmering water,
microwave it,
soak it in the sun,
or at a temperature exceeding 85 degrees…..
While Neem has been proven as a great oil for internal use
That information made me pretty aware too..
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Reference Links-
1.    Findings by D.P. Agrawal: Medicinal properties of Neem
2.    Earth Clinic: Neem cures by earth clinic

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