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 on horses, pets, and people, 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. Happy Horse 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.