Neem Oil

Neem Oil

Extracted from the Neem tree, which is native to India, Neem oil is the main ingredient of BotaniWipe. Used for centuries in many guises including cosmetics and medical treatments, Neem Oil has found its true calling in the safe cleaning of plants.

Neem oil leaves a beautiful shine but most importantly, it does not clog the plant’s pores and therefore is not detrimental to the plant’s health.

Neem oil is a great new product. Feel free to explore it’s many other values on Wikipedia.

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The Neem treeAzadirachta Indica – is an evergreen, native to South India, that grows up to 60 ft high. It is found in the tropical dry deciduous/evergreen and thorny forests and drier parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. It has been planted and naturalized throughout Africa and grows in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, Japan and tropical regions of Australia and America. Ancient Indian texts refer to Neem as Sarva Roga Nivarini, “the curer of all ailments.”

The medicinal properties of Neem have been described in ancient Indian medical texts (4000 B.C.) such as the Atharva Veda, Ghrhyasutras and the Sutragranthas. The sanskrit name, nimba, is a derivative of the term nimbati syasthyamdadati-meaning ‘to give good health’.

Literally, every part of the tree has a use. The leaf and bark are used in teas, cosmetics, skin care, pet care and medicinal preparations.

Neem twigs are used as tooth brushes and ward against gum disease.

Neem oil, which is extracted from the seed kernel is excellent for its healing properties and is used in creams, lotions and soaps. It is also used in agriculture. In recent years the growth hormone regulating and anti-feedant properties of Neem oil have prompted a considerable amount of research. The United States Department of Agriculture has been studying Neem since 1972.

The residue is Neem cake which is used in agriculture as a soil amendment, protecting the roots and enhancing plant growth.

There are some excellent resources for information on the various uses of neem. Some sites & papers the Neem Resource would like to recommend are:


Alan Titchmarsh

Gardener at BBC Gardening
Alan lives in Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight, with his wife in an old farmhouse with a four acre garden.

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