United Nations has rightly declared neem as
"Tree of the 21st Century".
Thanks to neem that has served our mankind from almost of the very beginning of known human history.
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is not only known for its herbal medicines and environmental friendly organic pesticides but also for its capabilities to balance ecological problems like deforestation, erosion and global warming. Owing to its capabilities, United Nations has rightly declared neem as "Tree of the 21st Century". Thanks to neem that has served our mankind from almost of the very beginning of known human history. This website discovers the wonders of neem, the best boon of Mother Nature to mankind. You could get informed about how neem is serving the different sectors like agriculture, medicine and cosmetics. Especially in the agricultural sector, the applications of neem as an important component of organic farming, as an organic pesticide and insecticide in integrated pest management system and organic agriculture is discussed. A separate section elaborates the different parts of neem and mode of applications as an effective botanical or organic pesticide. You could also get informed about the different commercial formulations of neem that are marketed by Nature Neem, one of the largest producers and exporters of certified neem and coir products with equipped R&D, from India. This official website of Nature neem will equally inform you about the best ways of buying different neem-based products like pure cold pressed neem oil, water soluble formulation of neem oil used as organic pesticide, neem based organic fertilisers, need seed cake, neem based, or neem enriched organic manures used in organic agriculture. The availability of other neem plant parts used in herbal medicines such as neem seeds, neem kernel powder, neem leaf extracts, neem bark powder etc., are also discussed.
We take care to collect the current season neem fruits that are dropped from neem trees. To prevent immature pods, we do not pluck them directly. These fruits are then depulped, washed, dried, decorticated and winnowed to obtain the inner seed kernels. Then they are graded to remove any immature or disease-affected kernels. We then cold press the cleaned kernels by following the Indian traditional way (open patent number 1301083). As done by some companies, we do not buy neem oil from unknown sources.
Also, the extraction is done without heat, chemicals, or petrochemical solvents. The resulting oil, besides azadirachtin retains all of the magic ingredients of neem like Salanin, Nimbin and Nimbidin. These compounds are necessary to provide the natural synergistic effect of neem. This effect cannot be obtained by other methods such as solvent extraction. Besides, our experiences indicate that the neem oil produced in this way contains low aflatoxin content when compared to other bulk neem oil produced without any batch control.
Azadirachtin is an indicator of the quality of a neem oil. We test the production batches for Azadirachtin and if required for Nimbin & Salanin and aflatoxin B1 (below 2 parts per billion). As cleaned well-matured seeds are exclusively used for oil extraction, our cold pressed neem oil contains around 3300 ppm (0.33%) of Azadirachtin.
Studies also indicate that prolonged storage at the point of reception that is exposed to light and temperature above 30°C results in the significant reduction of azadirachtin content.
The tricky neem market
There are other low-grade neem oil available in the market. Example, "Expeller neem oil" derived directly from neem fruits rather than neem kernels is cheaper to produce but contains only 1700 ppm of azadirachtin. Some sellers even propose the neem oil obtained from the residual neem seeds that are already subjected to solvent extraction. The resultant neem oil contains only 300 ppm of azadirachtin with petrochemical residues. Unfortunately, all those oils are sold in the same name as "Pure neem oil" especially in the famous online marketplaces. For a common man, the only way of verifying is to analyse in a laboratory by himself or request for a certification like “Ecocert Inputs” who visit the factory, verify and certify the fabrication process.
At Nature Neem, we utilise the cold pressed method to collect pure neem oil from the kernels obtained from the matured neem seeds of the current season.
Neem, a tropical evergreen tree native to Indian sub-continent and is also found in other southeast countries. It is a common roadside and front yard tree bearing medium to dark green leaflets, small, white and sweet-scented flowers and glabrous olive-like fruits. In India, it is never raised in intensive agriculture. The oil obtained by crushing the dried kernel has a garlic-like odour, and a bitter taste. It has got numerous applications in cosmetic and agricultural industry as a natural insecticide, bactericide, viricide, nematicide ...
Indian Ayurvedic texts have described the Neem tree by associating its remarkable healing properties from as far back as 5000 BC. Even today, Indians consider it as a holdy tree and refer as their ‘village pharmacy”. Its twigs are stills chewed and utilised as a natural toothbrush. Neem leaf tea is taken to boost the immunity against viruses and for managing certain disorders like diabetes. Neem seed extract is utilised as the best natural insecticide to protect the culture and animals. More reading