by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
If you haven’t heard about neem oil, you’re in luck!
This ancient healing oil known for its powerful antibacterial properties can be found in hair care, body care products, oral care, and it’s even known to work as a safe and natural pesticide.
In this Be Natural article, we’ll cover the following about neem oil:
- What is neem oil and its origins
- Common uses for neem oil
- How we incorporate neem in Dr. Brite products
What is Neem Oil and Its Origins
Neem oil comes from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), which is an evergreen tree originally from India but can also be found in Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh. For over 4,000 years, the neem tree is known for its healing properties and is commonly referred to as a “Village Pharmacy” because of its versatility (JustNeem).
Ayurvedic remedies that call for using the neem tree include using neem tree branches as chewing sticks to help prevent gingivitis, which is one of the precursors to the modern toothbrush. Neem oil have also been used to treat a host of ailments that include infections, acne, rashes, and even fevers.
What makes neem oil incredibly special is its unique chemical composition. Neem oil itself is comprised of vitamin E, nimbidin & nimbin compounds, carotenoids, linoleic acid, oleic acid, vitamin C, quercetin and the main compound azadirachtin, which is one of nature's most powerful insect repellents (Up Nature).
Much like tea tree oil, neem oil contains beneficial properties that include antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, making it a great essential oil to include in your lifestyle.
Common Uses for Neem Oil
Because neem oil is incredibly versatile, it can be used in a variety of ways that include:
- Treating dandruff by restoring the scalp’s pH level and calming dry itchy scalps
- Reducing acne by reducing inflammation and preventing bacteria growth
- Protection against mosquitoes by being a natural bug repellent
- Naturally repelling insects from plants with its active compound, azadirachtin
- Preventing gum inflammation with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
If you choose to buy cold-pressed organic neem oil, be sure you keep it stored in a cool, dark place away from children. It’s actually harmful to consume large amounts of neem oil and it’s important to know how to use this powerful oil.
How We Incorporate Neem Oil in Dr. Brite Products
The benefits of this powerhouse oil actually extends to oral care and in small quantities, neem oil is a wonderful anticavity ingredient.
Co-founder of Dr. Brite and ingredient specialist, Dr. Paris Sabo says the reason she chose to create a toothpaste formula that included neem is, “because neem is such a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory agent that can treat periodontal disease and helps prevent cavities.”
And you can get the benefits of organic neem oil in Dr. Brite’s Whitening Mint Toothpaste and Strawberry Sky Toothpaste for kids as a safe alternative to fluoride. When neem oil is combined with the carefully chosen ingredients of our toothpastes, you can be assured that you’re getting a truly safe toothpaste that can boost your oral health.
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