Spotlight On: Neem

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.

Thanks to its proven effectiveness, neem makes the perfect addition to our Ticked Off! products — Coat & Bed Spray, and Powder.


Posted by Lindsay on 8/25/2017