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.
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. 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.
What happens to neem oil when it enters the body?
Clarified hydrophobic neem oil 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.
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.
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. A component of neem oil is moderately toxic to fish and other aquatic animals although it breaks down rapidly in water.
Super Clean Neem is produced through a proprietary method of cold pressing high-quality, fresh neem seeds. Due to our dedication to detail and quality we have been able to achieve the cleanest and most concentrated form of neem oil on the market.
Use Super Clean Neem to keep your leaves clean and plants healthy.
Only apply Super Clean Neem 2-3 times over a 10-14 day period.
That's it! No chemical respirator or suit needed.