In India, Neem Oil has a tradition so deep and rich that I don’t know what to compare it to in the U.S. or in Western cultures generally.
The neem tree (known in India as “the village pharmacy”) is evergreen and is found not just in India, but parts of Asia. Lily Green, writing for Balance Me Beautiful, tells us that one can identify 150 distinct substances in neem oil.
It makes skin smooth and supple and is particularly good to soothe irritated skin and any scaling one may have.
One possible drawback is the smell. Compared to other oils, neem oil has a because it does have a pungent, intense smell — some have compared it to chicken bouillon, peanut satay, and axle grease mixed with garlic.
Luckily, a little goes a long way and the scent can be softened in a synergistic blend of essential oils like benzoin, ginger, and lavender.