Neem oil is a type of vegetable oil extracted from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), a fast-growing evergreen tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent. With a large variety of different uses, neem oil is an extremely versatile substance that carries beneficial medicinal, cosmetic and gardening uses.
When we say our neem oil is 100% cold pressed, what does this mean and why does it matter? Neem oil products on the market nearly always fall within one of three categories:
- Clarified Hydrophobic Extract of Neem Oil
- Azadirachtin Extract Neem Oil
- 100% Pure Cold Pressed Neem Oil
The first two categories listed above are extracts – hydrophobic and azadirachtin. These extracts are produced when neem oil has been processed. The benefit of processing is that it allows for the sale of a neem oil product at a much lower price point. The disadvantage of processing is that the neem oil will lose many of its valuable biochemical compounds in the process. Harris Neem Oil is 100% Cold Pressed and retains all of the essential nutrients contained in the original neem seed. It’s more expensive, but it’s worth it.