Neem, the Wonder Tree
Also sometimes called “Indian lilac,” this dark, thick, distinctively scented oil has been used for over 2,000 years in traditional South Asian medicine. Many Indian legends speak of its powers. However, don’t let these exaggerated tales discourage you from using it, as it is certainly a useful oil! Antimicrobial and antifungal, it has also been shown to affect over 200 separate insect species, including some mites, as well as nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses (source: US National Research Council, “Neem — A Tree For Solving Global Problems”).
What to Look For
When purchasing neem oil, be sure to purchase the seed-extracted (vs leaf-extracted) form. Neem oil is stable; has a shelf life of 6-12 months and is best stored in the refrigerator.