Neem oil is refined from the seeds of the neem, the Azadirachta indica. The neem is an evergreen tree that grows in the Indian sub continent. The oil is extracted from the seeds by crushing the seed through methods such as cold crushing and temperature control processing.
The oil used for many things from medicinal uses to pest control. It is most well known as a botanical pesticide as well as for personal use to deter mosquitoes and lice. For years, the flat leaves have been crushed onto the skin to repel against mosquitoes, this way – the oils are directly released onto the skin.
Neem oil has been said to smell of a combination of garlic, and peanut oil. It is a medium to dark brown color and is a popular choice as an alternative to pesticides.
The neem oil is often sprayed on crops as an organic substitute for other insecticides that are harsher and known carcinogens. The insects that are repelled by the neem oil are; aphids, flies, gnats, meely bug, cabbage worm and mites. When neem oil is used on vegetables it does not result in poisoning as other insecticides, and pesticides can.
Not only does neem oil protect crops against pests and insects but it protects against rust, fungus and mildew. At the same time, the neem oil does not affect beneficial insects that frequent the crops, like; butterflies, earthworms and bees. It is a widely beneficial oil that has been used for generations in India, and beyond.
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