Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs on Neem
- What is Neem?
- What is Neem like?
- What does Neem offer when topically applied?
- Why use Neem on the skin?
- Why are there so many Neem-based products?
- How does Neem compare to other foods as an anti-oxidant?
FAQs about TheraNeem Products
- Neem Tooth & Gum Powder FAQs
- Why is Neem oil solid at room temperature?
- Hair Therapé FAQs
- Questions on Neem Oil for the Garden
FAQs about Conditions
- Can the TheraNeem Mouthwash help with bad breath and gum issues?
- Can pure Neem Oil be used with babies and infants?
- Are the Neem soaps safe for for use during or pregnancy or lactation?
- Can the Neem creams be used by people with all skin types?
- Can I use Neem for an itchy or irritated scalp?
FAQs about Ingredients
Neem is a tree native to Southeast Asia and it is renowned for its therapeutic benefits externally for the skin and for internally as a dietary supplement.
Our certified organic and ethically wild crafted Neem oil and Neem leaf extracts are commonly likened to Tea Tree essential oil for its broad-spectrum actions; however Neem is not as drying or irritating to the skin as Tea Tree oil. All forms of Neem help to feed, soothe and nourish the skin wherever it is applied for both humans and pets. Neem leaf has a mild aroma, and is cooling, bitter and astringent when taken internally as a dietary supplement or applied topically. Neem is naturally rich in Quercetin; Quercetin is valued for its ability to support the body’s response to inflammation. All forms of Neem contain high levels of antioxidants which help to protect our body free radicals internally and externally.
Neem oil has a rich, nutty and garlic like aroma that smells like food. This nutty/garlic like aroma provides protection for your outdoor fun, pets and the garden. Without this pleasant aroma, Neem oil would not work!
Note: Neem oil is for external applications only!
Neem is; cooling, soothing and astringent. Cooling- it helps to cool and calm the skin, scalp, gums or wherever it is applied. Soothing- it has been used for thousands of years to support healthy skin and it is traditionally used to help normalize irritated, rough or exceptionally dry skin. Astringent- this means it helps to tighten tissue and lessen secretions. This is useful to normalize, tighten pores, balance skin tone and texture and promote youthful and healthy skin.
The key words to think about with Neem leaf, bark and Neem oil are: Cooling, soothing and astringent (helps to tighten skin tissue and lessen secretions).
Neem leaf and oil applied topically to the skin helps to nourish and balance the health and integrity of the skin. Neem bark has more drawing properties and helps to pull impurities from the skin.
Neem oil for skin care:
- Neem oil is rich in essential fatty acids (similar to sea buckthorn oil). These nutrient dense fatty acids help to feed, nourish, and soothe the skin.
Neem oil is beneficial for:
- Helping to balance irritated and extremely dry ,rough or itchy skin
- Reducing fine lines
- Balancing skin tone and texture
- Protecting the skin with antioxidants
- Outdoor protection
- Helping to protect the health of your garden and pets.
The Neem tree is often called the “village pharmacy,” as it has been used as a panacea plant for thousands of years to support the health and wellness of the human body, and to promote healthy gardens.
FAQs about TheraNeem Products
Q. Why Probiotics in oral care?
A. Our mouth and body are rich in microbial intelligence. Plainly put, we are more bacteria than human cells by 10 to 1! More and more we are discovering the importance of re-inoculating our gut microbiota with fermented foods and probiotics. We are also aware that this thriving eco-system of bacteria is important to keep in balance for the care of our teeth and gums. By adding healthy probiotics to our toothpowder, we are again offering leadership in holistic care for our teeth, gums and whole body. To learn more about the crucial role of microbes and our health: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/microbes-may-play-crucial-role-in-human-health-researchers-discovering/2011/09/24/gIQAH5lFYL_story.html
Q. Why Vitamin D3 in oral care?
A. Vitamin D3 is commonly used to fortify our milk and other foods as it is an essential vitamin for the health of our bones, teeth and gums.
Neem oil is rich in essential fatty acids (like coconut oil). It is solid at a cool room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit). To return Neem oil to its liquid state, simply warm the bottle in your pocket or a mug of warm water and the oil will be free-flowing again. The transition from solid to liquid or vice versa has no effect on the therapeutic properties of the Neem oil.
- Skin issues: Traditionally Neem leaf and oil have been used topically to help normalize, balance and support healthy skin.
- TheraNeem® products to support healthy skin: Neem Leaf and Oil Creams, TheraNeem lotion, Neem Leaf and Aloe Gel, Pure Neem oil, Neem Botanical Fading Cream, TheraNeem toothpaste for a quick fix for an itch, Herbal Outdoor Spray.
- Neem leaf as dietary supplement to support healthy skin is beneficial is to support healthy liver functions, support the body’s ability to respond to inflammation and to support immune system function.
- TheraNeem® dietary supplements to support healthy skin: Neem Alcohol extract (tincture), Neem Whole Leaf powder capsules or Neem leaf supercritical CO2 extract.
- TheraVeda® dietary supplements to support healthy skin: Liver Support Formula, Women’s Hormonal Balance 14-40’s.
For more detailed information about Neem we also suggest the following websites:
Neem Foundation: http://www.neemfoundation.org
Neem Tree Farms and use of Neem: http://www.usingneem.com/os.html
Q: Are the ingredients in your original formula still the same?
A: Yes, the Original Formula (now called Gentle Therapé) has been such a success for our company, with hundreds of testimonials, many requesting that we ‘never change our formula.’ We have listened to our loyal customers and have not changed the formula. This formula is still perfect for all hair types and sensitive scalps.
Q: What does it mean to offer highly concentrated Neem and organic herbal extracts?
A: Some common brands of shampoos and conditioners only use a very low concentration of herbal extracts, if any at all, in their hair care. TheraNeem Organix offers 45-48% organic herbal extracts with Neem oil and Neem leaf in every formula.
Q: What sets each formula apart from each other?
TheraNeem Organix Gentle Therapé Shampoo & Conditioner - AKA Original Formula.
Same great formulas - new & improved look.
TheraNeem Organix Moisture Therapé Shampoo & Conditioner -
Intensely hydrating & repairing for dry, damaged hair & scalp. Helps repair & seal in essential nutrients for dehydrated hair that has been damaged by environmental overexposure and product use. Concentrated panthenol and rice protein provide extra moisture help to reduce static. Seaweed adds a nice "slip" to the hair and replaces the use of ingredients such as silicon found in many mainstream brands.
TheraNeem Organix Kid’s Therapé Shampoo/Bodywash & Conditioner -
Extra Gentle for Sensitive Eyes, Skin, Hair & Scalps - Nourish & care for your little one’s sensitive skin, hair & scalp. No lidocaine or numbing agents. A higher concentration of Neem for more Neem protection.
TheraNeem Organix Volumizing Therapé Shampoo & Conditioner -
Intensely uplifting for limp or fine hair. Lighter, more cleansing for oily or heavy/limp hair. Formulated with herbs that revitalize the scalp and boost hair growth for people facing hair loss.
TheraNeem Organix Scalp Therapé Shampoo & Conditioner -
For intense scalp relief, repair & rejuvenation - The star of the line for scalp issues. Feel the tingle! It feels great and is ideal for those with hair loss to stimulate the scalp. Stimulating & clarifying to reduce excess build-up & detoxify hair & scalp.
Why should the Neem Oil for the Garden be mixed with dish detergent?
Mixing Neem oil with an environmentally friendly dishwashing detergent is an import step to using Neem oil for the garden as it helps to emulsify the Neem oil. The emulsification helps to ensure that the Neem oil is more evenly applied when it is sprayed on the plants. It is very important to not apply the Neem oil in full sunlight and to use a small amount per application to not burn or fry your plants with the oil. Some house plants do not respond well to Neem oil applied t the leaves. It is a good idea to do a test run on a few leaves, to make sure that the plant responds well to Neem oil. You can also apply the Neem oil mixture to the soil surrounding the plant to help protect and feed the soil and preserve the integrity of the plant.
Be sure to only use environmentally friendly and non-toxic dish soap without synthetic fragrances.
Can Neem oil kill unhealthy fungus and bacteria or be used as a pesticide in my garden?
- In the USA we cannot claim that Neem is a pesticide, fungicide, used to reduce microbial load, or as an insecticide.
- For more detailed information about Neem we also suggest the following websites:
- Neem Foundation: http://www.neemfoundation.org
- Neem Tree Farms and use of Neem: http://www.usingneem.com/os.html
FAQs about Conditions
TheraNeem is the only mouthwash and toothpaste that contain the concentrated power of organic CO2 extracts. We use as much as 250 lbs of plant material to yield one lb of a super critical extract. This makes our oral care products super concentrated and beneficial to supporting healthy gum tissue and a beautiful smile!
It is important to hold the mouthwash, and/or the toothpaste in the mouth for 1-2 minutes, so that the herbs have the opportunity to better penetrate, tighten and support the gum tissue.
Our oral care system can help with bad breath. Many holistic health practitioners believe that bad breath is a result of diet and lifestyle choices. Mouthwash and toothpaste will help, but the daily choices of an individual greatly contribute to the health of the body and the smells we give off as mouth and body odors.
Dr. Andrew Weil recommends neem for challenged oral health conditions! http://www.drweil.com
As always, we at Organix-South encourage you to consult your primary health care provider for your child or infant if you are concerned about using any body care product. Our pure, organic or ethically wildcrafted Neem oil can be used with babies and infants if well tolerated. Neem oil has been used topically for thousands of years with people of all ages to support healthy skin. Neem oil is gentle, non-irritating and helps to soothe the skin wherever it is applied.
Some infants are very sensitive to strong aromas; therefore, we generally recommend pure Neem oil for use with children over two as a precautionary measure. Another option is to use one of our products (such as Neem cream, Neem Leaf and Aloe Gel) which contain the Neem oil and Neem leaf extract. These products still contain the therapeutic benefits of Neem, but are not as concentrated as pure Neem oil. You can also try diluting a few drops of Neem oil into organic olive oil if you would prefer to use the pure Neem oil topically.
Neem oil is not intended for internal uses with children, infants or adults.
The key words to think about with Neem oil: Cooling, soothing and astringent (helps to tighten skin tissue).
Are the essential oils in the TheraNeem® soaps too concentrated or contraindicated for use during or pregnancy or lactation?
During pregnancy or lactation it is wise to consult your primary health care provider if there is any concern or potential contraindication for using a body care product or a dietary supplement.
When creating a pure soap, the heat created from the processing of the soap (saponification) damages some of the therapeutic constituents of the essential oils. Any form of heat will damage the volatile constituents of an essential oil. The essential oils present in our soap still offer "aromatherapeutic" benefits to calm and nourish the mind and body. However, the concentration of essential oils present in our soaps are not intended to have the same physiologically therapeutic effects as when using a more concentrated amount of essential oils.
The concentration of essential oils in a bar of TheraNeem® soap is very mild, and should not have a potential adverse affect, or induce contractions, menses, or an abortion (as is often the concern with some essential oils including Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea). The amount of essential oil required to have abortifacient effect is substantially higher than is found in our handmade soaps. In our opinion the small amount of essential oils in our soaps are safe for all individuals including pregnant women and during lactation unless they have an allergy or aversion to the essential oils aromas.
Our TheraNeem leaf and oil creams are rich in botanical nutrients. They are perfect for all skin types and for general facial and body care. Neem oil is rich in essential fatty acids that feed and nourish the skin in a similar manner to Sea Buckthorn. Neem leaf and oil are rich in anti-oxidants that help to protect the skin and reduce signs of aging. Our lotions and creams are rich in organic ingredients for the skin: Aloe vera, organic sunflower oil, organic jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Ideal ingredients for all skin types!
- Neem Lotion has 2% Neem oil and 35% aqueous Neem extract
- Neem Cream has 5% Neem oil and 35% aqueous Neem extract
Neem creams and lotion are great for persistent skin issues, chronic dry, irritated or itchy skin, challenged skin, sunburns, after snow lotion, and for general skin and facial care.
It is also important to moisturize challenged skin. Overly dry skin can produce more irritations and imbalance.
The key words to think about with Neem for internal and external use: Cooling, soothing and astringent (helps to tighten skin tissue).
- Choose from Original Vanilla or Sweet Orange & Ylang scent.
Neem leaf extract and Neem oil are ideal for those who are challenged with common hair and scalp issues. Neem’s cooling, soothing and astringent actions have been used for thousands of years to support healthy scalp and hair. Our TheraNeem Organix® Hair Therapé Shampoo and Conditioner have helped thousands of individuals benefit from common hair and scalp challenges. For more information about our entire hair care line visit: http://www.organixsouth.com.
The below recipe for an irritated scalp is very helpful! TheraNeem hair care support for kids over 2 years old and adults.
For more intensive hair and scalp care:
- Massage the scalp with 3-4 droppers full of our cold pressed Neem oil enough to saturate hair and scalp. For longer or really thick hair add the 3-4 droppers full of Neem oil to TheraNeem Scalp Therapé Shampoo, Kids Therapé Shampoo and Bodywash or olive oil to help extend the neem oil and to completely coat and saturate the hair and scalp with Neem. Leave the Neem oil combined with TheraNeem Shampoo or olive oil on hair and scalp for 1 hour.
- Cover hair with a shower cap or old towel.
- Comb through hair while the oil is still in the hair to remove any “undesirables”.
- Wash hair again with TheraNeem Shampoo, allowing the shampoo to “rest” on the hair and scalp for 3-5 minutes. Finish by leaving a small amount of TheraNeem Conditioner on hair as a leave-in conditioner.
- Repeat this process for up to 3 days, or as needed.
You can also try adding 10-20 drops of organic lavender essential oils per application to help soothe and support healthy scalp and hair.
For moderate hair and scalp care:
- Add 3-4 drops of Neem oil to TheraNeemshampoo, or add 3-4 drops of Neem oil to olive oil. Use enough shampoo or olive oil to completely coat hair and scalp. Massage vigorously into hair and scalp for 1-2 minutes.
- Follow steps 2-6 above for best results.
Can the TheraNeem® Organix Shampoo & Conditioner help with an itchy scalp or hair loss?
TheraNeem® shampoo and conditioner are an ideal combination for hair and scalp issues that are irritated and itchy. Neem leaf and Neem oil provide soothing, cooling, and astringent actions, helping to protect and support healthy hair and scalp. Neem leaf and Neem oil have been used for thousands of years to support healthy skin and radiant hair. We receive countless testimonials about our hair care products from thrilled individuals who have tried everything, nothing has worked, and then they found Neem!
We have also received many testimonials regarding Neem helping to reduce hair loss. Traditionally Neem leaf extracts and Neem oil have been used to prevent hair loss by thousands of individuals in India. Every one is different, some people may notice great changes with using Neem to prevent hair loss, and others may not have as great of results. Hair loss, like bad breath are generally viewed as resulting from the inside out from dietary and lifestyle choices that contribute to this circumstance. Hair loss is often perceived as a lack of nutrition, stress, lack of sleep and or genetics.
Our Shampoo is thinner than most shampoos so it penetrates completely to deliver the active ingredients in Neem to your scalp where they are most needed. Our shampoo contains organic Neem leaf extract and organic Neem oil, plus botanical extracts to strengthen and condition your hair. There are no sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates in our pH-balanced formula.
For best results be sure to allow the shampoo and conditioner to “rest” on the hair and scalp for 1-2 minutes to allow the botanical nutrients to penetrate the scalp and provide greater cooling, soothing, and astringent actions.
FAQs about Ingredients
A: Because our products are Neem-based and Neem is a bitter tasting herb, we need to use sweeteners to improve the flavor and taste of these products. We use Sorbitol, along with Xylitol, in our TheraNeem Organix Oral Care products because both are considered to be "safe" sweeteners. Additionally, studies have shown that the combination of sorbitol and xylitol has been effective in reducing plaque, providing an added benefit. If you are concerned with the added sweeteners and just want the benefits of Neem, we recommend using our Neem Leaf Alcohol Extract – mix 20 drops in 2 oz. of water and use as a mouth rinse. As with our Mouthwash, for maximum benefits, we recommend you hold in your mouth for 1 – 2 minutes.
From the Organix- South ingredient dictionary - Sorbitol: A vegetable derived humectant and sweetener. If ingested in excess, may cause diarrhea (so don't drink lots of our mouthwash).
A: Our Organic Palm Oil Comes from Sustainable Site in Brazil.
Organix-South, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of certified-organic neem products, has signed the Rainforest Action Network pledge to use only environmentally sensitive palm oil and is calling for other major manufacturers to require standards that protect rainforests.
Please read the press release here.