Neem Oil is cold pressed from the fruit and seeds of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica); it contains compounds known as triglycerides and triterpenoids. The oil is generally reddish in colour and has a strong odour arising from the active ingredient known as azadirachtin.
Neem Oil is not used in cooking, but has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine for a wide variety of conditions, from the treatment of leprosy, malaria, TB, as a contraceptive, as well as more mundane conditions such as acne. The main use of Neem Oil today, is in cosmetics such as soaps, creams, hair lotions and oils, and as being an insect repellent. Neem Oil has also been supported as an organic or biological pesticide, especially in the organic farming industry.
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