When I decided to move to Southern California, well-meaning friends worried about my fair complexion. “I’ll just be known as ‘the girl with the hat,'” I replied breezily, while thinking to myself “…and the long sleeves, and the bandana around my neck.” And while I’ve been very successful at keeping my skin protected from the sun, I never imagined how freaking dry it is out here. Really dry. Desert dry.
I’m happy to report I’ve found a new oil that helps soothe and heal my dry and irritated skin: organic neem oil. Of course, it’s not new to everyone in India, where it’s been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years. All parts of the neem tree (seeds, leaves, flowers, and bark) are used for preparing many different medical preparations, including anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and sedative.
Organix-South is a small natural products company in rural Florida which creates therapeutic skin care and herbal remedies. Their wild-crafted TheraNeem Oil is perfect for soothing itchy or irritated skin with essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants. You can use it directly on the skin, or add a few drops to your favorite skin care products (or even shampoo). There’s also an Herbal Outdoor Spray that repels mosquitoes naturally (with its unique blend of neem and other essential oils), TheraNeem Oil Soap, TheraNeem Lip balm, even TheraNeem Pet Shampoo!
Now I’m still referred to as “that girl with the hat,” but no longer “that itchy, splotchy girl with the hat.” That’s progress.
[Photo of neem flower courtesy of Organix-South]