Ingredient Spotlight - The miracle that is Neem
Amongst the thousands of herbs used in traditional medicine, one plant stands out in its ability to cure the most stubborn of skin ailments with its powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. This miracle plant is Neem, and the oil extracted from its seeds has the highest concentration of active compounds (vs. the leaf or bark), making it nothing short of phenomenal! It is not without reason that it is often referred to as the “Village Pharmacy” or the “Panacea for all Diseases” in ancient ayurvedic texts and by herbal medicine practitioners in India, where the Neem tree is natively found.
John Conrick, in his book Neem, The Ultimate Herb says, “Neem has an almost magical effect on chronic skin conditions that often fail to respond with classical treatments… Its skin healing properties are outlined in some of the earliest Sanskrit writings and its uses in Hindu medicine date back to remote times…”
And modern research has corroborated what traditional medicine has known for thousands of years. Topical application of Neem has been found to be highly effective against human fungi, including candida, which is a major contributor to recurring diaper rashes and cradle cap in babies; against a wide spectrum of bacteria, making it an effective acne fighter; against chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin inflammation (dermatitis); and to alleviate skin conditions of excessive heat, itching and burning sensations.
And, guess what? Neem oil is a primary ingredient in our USDA certified baby skincare range. So if your baby suffers from extra-dry skin, or sensitive/inflamed skin, or recurring diaper rashes and itchy eczema flare-ups, our Castile-based Baby Wash and Deeply Nourishing Baby Oil will providing soothing relief.
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