Where to Buy Neem: A Guide to Purchasing the Neem Plant and Its Products

By | Apr 4, 2013

Hayavadhan, Wikicommons, Unripe Neem fruits

 

Wondering where to buy neem? This popular plant has dozens of uses and is often packaged into organic soaps, shampoos, medications, even pesticides. Yet despite the large array of products that contain neem oil – this plant can be tricky to find. Fortunately, neem products are easy to obtain once you know where to look, and the question ‘where to buy neem’ can be easily answered.

A Quick Guide to Neem Products

Neem is a wonder-plant with a wide variety of uses. Its oils have been used to prepare cosmetics, treat ailments, and repel insects on organic farms. The Ayurvedic tradition has used the plant for thousands of years to treat a vast array of ailments from acne to fever to tuberculosis. In order to know where to buy neem – it’s important to know what it will be used for first.

Consider the following products:

  • Neem soap and shampoo
  • Neem for dogs and cats
  • Organic pesticides
  • Neem Trees
  • Neem Oil

Neem for Hair and Skin

For centuries the neem tree has been used for its medicinal properties.  Today, neem soap and shampoo leave skin and hair clean and healthy while also battling a host of everyday issues. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of this essential oil help stave off problems such as acne, psoriasis, dandruff, and itchiness while also moisturizing and cleansing. Fortunately, this useful plant has gone mainstream and can easily be found in stores like Walmart and The Vitamin Shoppe. The key to purchasing neem oil at chain stores such as these is knowing what brands to look for.

Where to Buy Neem for Dogs and Other Pets

The medicinal properties of neem are beneficial to dogs and cats as well as humans. Using a neem dog shampoo or spray will promote a healthier coat as well as fight problems such fleas, mange, and ringworm. Neem leaf can be added to pet food to deal with intestinal parasites, although it is a good idea to discuss diet changes with a vet first. Neem pet products are easy to find at large chain stores such as PetCo as well as online.

Where to Buy Neem Insecticides

Neem can also be used as an organic pesticide to deter creepy crawlies such as snails, beetles, aphids, and mites. Safer than industrial applications, neem insecticides act as a repellant to deter insects from feeding. Neem oil can also affect certain hormones in insects to disrupt their life cycle. This organic pesticide, however, allows targeted application so beneficial visitors such as ladybugs and bees are not affected. Big brand stores such as Home Depot make the ‘where to buy neem’ list, however it may be easier to purchase this product online.

Where to Buy Neem Trees

Although buying pre-packaged products at a store can be convenient, knowing where to buy neem trees can save money and offer more options in the long run. Having a neem tree at home allows you to use all the parts of the tree including its leaves, bark, and oil. Finding a neem tree outside of India can be difficult, fortunately there are plenty of online options for getting your very own tree into your home.

Thank you to Hayavadhan at the Wikimedia Commons for his image Unripe Neem fruits.

Is Neem Oil Safe?

By | Apr 5, 2013

Neem oil is still relatively unknown in the West and so many people are approaching it with caution. Its many uses – from application as a pesticide to its use in cosmetics – can lead to confusion and hesitation. After all, how can something that kills bugs be good to put on one’s skin? Neem’s many uses however are backed not only by centuries of tradition but, more recently, by rigorous scientific studies.

What is in Neem Oil?

Neem oil is made of several compounds, the most active of which is called azadirachtin. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, run by Oregon State University and the EPA, neem oil is considered “practically non-toxic” to birds, mammals, bees, and plants. Azadirachtin, if ingested, can irritate the stomach and some people will find neem oil irritating to the skin. However, the substance should not lead to long term problems. In studies where rats were fed azadirachtin or neem oil throughout their lives, no effects were reported.

Why is Neem Oil in Pesticides and Soap?

Neem has been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for centuries to combat problems such as acne, dandruff, and lice. It is also reported to promote shiny hair and healthy looking skin. According to the University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program in their ‘GreenShare Factsheets’, neem oil has little effect when applied on to insects. Rather, its effectiveness is mainly seen upon ingestion by insects. Neem is quite safe when used by humans externally.

Should I Buy Neem Products?

Any medicinal product should be used with caution and people will react to various substances in different ways. However, neem for human external use appears quite safe. Do check the product you’re using and read all labels first. Also check what other ingredients may be in the product you’re using.

Sources:

NPIC. 2012. Neem Oil General Fact Sheet. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/neemgen.html (accessed April 5, 2013)

URI Landscape Horticulture Program. GreenShare Factsheets – Least Toxic Pesticides. http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/leasttoxic.html (accessed April 5, 2013)

Neem for Dogs and Cats

By | Apr 4, 2013

neem-for-dogsFinding safe pet products is a concern every dog and cat owner has, yet knowing where to buy neem products that will help your pet is sometimes hard to figure out. Fortunately, neem is an all-natural product that has been proven through centuries of use. Neem pet shampoos and sprays are an excellent way to get your dog or cat clean , while also getting rid of ticks and fleas. Biting insects find neem particularly unpleasant and will be sure to leave your much loved pet alone.

Protection From Mites, Bites, and Worms

The neem tree uses a variety of compounds to protect itself from plants and these compounds can easily be transferred to protect your pets. Neem oil contains compounds called ‘limonoids’ which block insect growth. The oil does not kill insects – not immediately – but rather disrupts their ability to grow and reproduce. Using a neem shampoo or adding a few drops of oil to your pet’s wash can help deter mites, fleas, mange, and ringworm. Many owners further argue that using neem oil not only fights bad bugs but helps create healthy skin, a shiny coat, and a radiantly healthy pet.

Using Neem Oil versus Sprays and Shampoo

Neem can be used in a variety of ways in order to help your pet. Recently, pet products containing this wonderful oil have proliferated on pet store shelves. Sprays and shampoos can easily be purchased either online or in stores. Purchasing a pre-mixed solution ensures the right amount of neem oil has been mixed in for an optimally healthy pet. However, it is also possible to buy neem oil and add a few drops to your pet’s coat. Neem oil is strong however and could cause discomfort if undiluted. Instead, mix a few drops of neem oil with a lighter oil such as grape seed or almond (consider using a 1:10 ratio, with neem on the lighter end). Comb the mixture through your pet’s coat. Although uncommon, keep an eye out for any irritation or stress. A little neem goes a long way in helping your pet be healthy and happy.

Where to Buy Neem for Pets

There are a variety of neem products available for pets, many of which are easy to find at local pet stores such as PetSmart  or PetCo. For great deals or boutique products however, we recommend looking online. We’ve reviewed a few of our favorite products for those who want to do right by their pets without breaking the bank.

What is Neem?

By | Apr 4, 2013

The EricPoehlsen at the German language Wikipedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neem.jpgneem plant has been used for centuries in India to treat such a variety of ailments the tree is often affectionately called ‘the Village Pharmacy’ or ‘Nature’s Drugstore’. All parts of the tree have their traditional uses including the flowers, bark, and leaves. However, what the tree is best known for is its neem oil which is pressed from the plant’s fruits and seeds.

All About the Neem Tree

The neem plant (Azadirachta indica)is a fast growing tropical tree native to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is particularly well known for its hardiness and resistance to drought, such that its ability to survive has made it a favorite for lining streets and city areas in South Asia. The tree tends to do best in temperatures of 70-90F. It averages a height of 50-66 feet but can grow as high as 130 feet.  The tree is now grown in countries throughout Southeast Asia, South America, and in the warmer areas of the United States.

The Many Uses of Neem

Neem oil has many uses – some of which are more well-known than others. In the West, this plant is mostly used for its antiseptic qualities and as a pesticide. Neem oil can be found in soaps and shampoos to offer brighter skin and to fight off ailments such as acne and dandruff. The oil can also be found in pet stores and gardening aisles where it’s sold as a safe, organic way to fight off fleas, grubs, and other pests. However, over the centuries, people have found plenty of ways to use neem, some of which are not so well known today.

  • Neem twigs have traditionally been used to clean teeth
  • Neem blossoms are used in Ugadi pachhadi, a type of curry
  • Neem bark is used to make rope fibers
  • Neem cake is used as a fertilizer
  • Neem oil has been used in folk remedies for leprosy, tuberculosis, tetanus, fever and more

Where to Find Neem

Neem is easy to find in its home countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. However, those trying to find a safe, organic way to relieve ailments or fight off pests might struggle to find this miracle plant. Fortunately, the plant and its oils are becoming more popular outside of South Asia and various stores now offer neem products. First decide what product is needed (shampoo, insecticide, full grown tree), and then read our reviews on the various neem brands out there.

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