Carrier Oil: Neem
- Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica
- Family: Meliaceae
- Extraction Method: Cold-pressing from the seeds
- Plant Part: Seeds
- Origin: Native to the Indian subcontinent
Appearance and Aroma:
- Color: Dark yellow to brownish
- Consistency: Medium viscosity
- Aroma: Strong, pungent, and slightly nutty
Properties and Characteristics:
- Texture: Neem oil has a medium-weight texture that can feel slightly greasy on the skin.
- Nutritional Profile: It contains various compounds, including fatty acids, triterpenoids, and limonoids.
- Shelf Life: Neem oil has a relatively long shelf life of about 1 to 2 years when stored properly in a cool, dark place.
Uses and Benefits:
- Skin Care: Neem oil is known for its purifying, antibacterial, and soothing properties. It helps address various skin concerns, including acne, inflammation, and fungal infections. It can be used in facial oils, creams, and soaps.
- Hair Care: Neem oil can help promote a healthy scalp, address dandruff, and strengthen the hair. It can be used in hair oils, masks, and scalp treatments.
- Insect Repellent: Neem oil is often used as a natural insect repellent, particularly for insects like mosquitoes and lice.
- Gardening: Neem oil is commonly used in organic gardening to control pests and protect plants from diseases.
- Neem oil is for topical use only and should not be ingested.
- It is important to dilute neem oil properly as it can be potent and may cause skin irritation in concentrated form.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult a healthcare professional before using neem oil.
Note: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a healthcare professional or certified aromatherapist for personalized advice and guidance.