Super Clean Neem Cold Pressed Need Seed Oil, choose 8 oz, 16 oz or 32 oz bottle
Our Super Clean Neem® is virgin neem oil derived from an ancient evergreen tree (Azadirachta Indica) that is common in the drier regions of India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide found in the seeds of the neem tree. It is yellow to brown in color with a bitter taste and a garlic/sulfur odor. It has been used for hundreds of years to control pests and diseases. The most pure neem oil is cold pressed extra virgin which is extracted without using heat or petrochemicals. This traditional method of production retains the active ingredients in the oil which are often lost in harsher extraction methods.
Super Clean Neem® is an easy to mix concentrate.
Light Application: Mix 1/2 - 2 tsp. per quart of water
What is neem oil?
Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide found in seeds of the neem tree. It is yellow to brown in color, has a bitter taste, and a garlic/sulfur odor. It has been used for hundreds of years to control pests and diseases. Components of neem oil can be found in many products today such as toothpaste, cosmetics, soaps, and pet shampoos. Azadirachtin is the most active component for repelling and killing pests that can be extracted from neem oil, the extracted portion is called clarified hydrophobic neem oil.
How does neem oil work?
Neem oil is made of many components. Azadirachtin is the most active chemical in reducing insect feeding and acting as a repellent. It also interferes with insect hormone systems making it more difficult for insects to grow and lay eggs. Azadirachtin can also repel and reduce the feeding of nematodes. Other components of neem oil kill insects by hindering their ability to feed; however, the exact role of every component of neem oil is unknown.
How might I be exposed to neem oil?
People can be exposed to chemicals by ingesting them, breathing them in, or through skin and eye contact. Since neem oil is used on a variety of crops, people are mainly exposed to neem oil through their diet. People who apply neem oil may also be exposed if they inhale the mist or dust, let the product touch their skin, or fail to wash their hands before eating or smoking; however, the label includes directions for keeping exposure low. For example, the label might require applicators to wear protective clothing.
What are some signs and symptoms from a brief exposure to neem oil?
Neem oil can be slightly irritating to the eyes and skin. Azadirachtin, a main component of neem oil, can be very irritating to the skin and stomach. The remaining portion of neem oil is made of fatty acids, essential oils and other substances that are commonly eaten in a normal diet. These substances are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
In other countries neem oil has been used on cats for flea control, and some adverse reactions have been reported. Symptoms include feeling sluggish, excessive salivation, impaired movement, trembling, twitching, and convulsions. A small portion of the cats had severe reactions; however, most of them recovered within 1 to 5 days.
What happens to neem oil when it enters the body?
Clarified hydrophobic neem oil (without azadirachtin) is made of fatty acids and glycerides. These substances are commonly found in food. When they enter the body, they are broken down, used for energy, and incorporated into cells.
In one study, scientists injected insects with azadirachtin. They found 90% of the dose in the insects' feces within 7 hours. The remaining portion lingered in the insects' bodies for 24 days after the injection.
Is neem oil likely to contribute to the development of cancer?
No. People have been exposed to neem oil in many ways for hundreds of years. During this time, no association with increased cancer risk has been found. Studies show that neem oil does not alter or damage genes. In laboratory tests, animals were fed neem oil for 90 days and there were no reports of increased cancer rates.
Further, one study found that certain components of neem oil caused cancer cells in hamsters to stop growing or die. Another study looked at prostate cancer cells from humans, and researchers found that neem leaf extract was able to slow the growth of the cancer cells.
Has anyone studied non-cancer effects from long-term exposure to neem oil?
In rat studies, no effects were reported when rats were fed either azadirachtin or clarified hydrophobic neem oil throughout their lives.
Are children more sensitive to neem oil than adults?
In general, children may be especially sensitive to pesticides in comparison to adults. In one study, female rats that were fed neem oil experienced spontaneous miscarriages. In another study, rats were fed azadirachtin throughout their lives and there were no reported effects on their offspring. Additionally, neem oil is used in toothpaste, cosmetics, soaps and traditional medicines around the world. People of all ages are commonly exposed to neem oil and no data has been found to show that children are more sensitive than adults to neem oil.
What happens to neem oil in the environment?
Azadirachtin, a major component of neem oil, is rapidly broken down. Microbes and light break down the pesticide in soil, water and on plants. The half-life of azadirachtin in soil ranges from 3 - 44 days. In water, the half-life ranges from 48 minutes to 4 days. It also rapidly breaks down on plant leaves; the half-life is 1 - 2.5 days on foliage. The remaining components of neem oil are broken down by microbes commonly found in most soil and water environments.
Can neem oil affect birds, fish, or other wildlife?
Neem oil is practically non-toxic to birds, mammals, bees and plants. Neem oil is slightly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Azadirachtin, a component of neem oil, is moderately toxic to fish and other aquatic animals although it breaks down rapidly in water. It is important to remember that insects must eat the treated plant to be killed. Therefore, bees and other pollinators are not likely to be harmed.