Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oleavine Neem Oil Review

I like finding out ancient ayurvedic medicines and uses of essential oils and botanicals. I had heard of Neem, but had yet to use it alone in its oil form and not mixed into another product. I was happy to be sent a bottle from Oleavine, the same company that had sent me the Tea Tree Soap that I reviewed a recently.  This bottle is the actual unrefined, cold pressed, Neem Oil and not a soap form like the other product.

Neem oil is rather fascinating an is useful for so many ailments and preventative measures.  This amazing (but very stinky) oil is rich in omegas 6 & 9 essential fatty acids and antioxidants.  It is frequently added to various skin care and hair care products as it is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic.  Often pet products contain this ingredient as well due to the way it can prevent pests from harming their skin and fur.  Neem is often used as a natural pesticide or repellent and can safely be added to pet shampoo or used in organic farming and gardening.

It has been used for all sorts of skin healing and nourishing uses.  Those with itchy scalps, hair fall (loss) or flaking can benefit from using Neem as it relieves dryness and itching, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth.

Now back to the stinky part, Neem is very very repulsive in odor (or at least I think so).  I tried to sniff the bottle up close (against my better judgement) in order to try to describe the smell.  I think it smells like a mix between a skunk, rubber bands, and peanuts.  (all mixed together)  It is not something you will want to put on before going out of the house.  My husband has used it before bed several times and although it is not the most pleasant smelling oil (definitely an understatement), but it helps his scalp and skin when he is experiencing itchy or irritated skin.  I suggest adding some peppermint oil or another essential oil that might help disguise the odor a bit.

We do recommend this product and the company it comes from.  Oleavine makes products that are top quality and made in the USA! If you decide to visit their website, you can actually join their newsletter and sign up to save 15% on your next Amazon order from them.

*As mentioned, this was sent to me for review at no cost. This is my honest opinion of this oil.*

I like how generously sized the bottle is. You could add a few squirts to your favorite shampoo (sulfate free is our way). I do want to mention that this is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mamas out there as it was originally used as a contraceptive and abortive method in ancient India and other parts of the world.

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