Years ago I was asked by one of my buyers to develop a neem oil bar shampoo for use against head lice. I had seen neem products in stores but had never done any reading about it. What an amazing world opened up when I did!
The neem tree, Azadirachta indica, grows in tropical and sub-tropical areas and is native to India and the Indian subcontinent. It is considered to be a veritable pharmacy by Ayuverdic and Sidha practitioners who have used the leaf, twig, bark, root, fruits and seeds of this tree for over 4,000 years. Its name in sanskrit is 'sarva roga nivarini' which means 'the curer of all ailments' and indeed, the benefits and therapeutics of this tree are vast.
Neem oil, derived from the fruit and seed, is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. In skin, hair and scalp care, it is useful against dry skin, acne, head lice and dandruff while helping to promote hair growth and luster; anti-inflammatory, it is useful against eczema and psoriasis. Because of its anti-fungal properties, it is used for cases of athlete's foot, ringworm and toe fungus. High in fatty acids, Vitamin E, anti-oxidants and carotenoids, it is useful in nourishing stressed and aging skin.
We combine neem leaf powder with the oil in all of our Neem products. Neem leaf shares many of the same properties as the oil. It helps to clear acne, blackheads and is anti-microbial. In shampoos, it clears dandruff and soothes dry scalps.
We love receiving letters from satisfied customers. Here is one from a user of our Neem Sacred Tree Soap.
"Regarding your products, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your Neem Oil soap. It has made such a difference for me. For years I have struggled with chronic problems with the skin and nails on my hands and feet. My feet had issues with dryness, cracking, peeling, and hyper-keratinization (painful calluses on the ball of my foot). I also had issues with dryness on my hands, and deformation and separation of fingernails from the bed. I tried numerous products, including antifungals and corticoid steroids, but found nothing that really worked. I’ve seen a number of dermatologists, also to no avail. I happened on your Neem Oil soap at Central Market in Shoreline, WA and thought I’d give it a try. The difference it has made over a period of several months is dramatic. All the problems I was having with my feet and hands have been resolved. It is nothing short of amazing. I just keep using your product every day and everything has returned to normal. I am grateful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"