10 benefits of Neem Tea
Neem tree is called Azadirachta indica in Latin and is native to South Asian countries- grows in Semi-tropical regions of the world. Neem Tea is a brew or rather an infusion use for healing purposes from ancient times, especially used in Ayurveda: a traditional Indian way of medicine and life.
A bitter concoction, many times mixed with other herbs and spices to remove the bitter taste, to make it more palatable. Though it is used to treat a variety of illness, it is for you to research, learn and find out if it’s right for you. Read my article on neem especially my words of caution. Neem – Bitter is Better.
Neem Tea Recipe
- Neem leaves – fresh or dried or in powder form
- Optional for flavoring: cinnamon orange peel, fennel seed, honey, lemon, sugar
How to make Neem Tea ?
There are many ways to make this tea depending on what we use for the infusion. Below is one of the possible way.
Bring water to boil ( determine quantity as per the number of cups you plan)
The ratio of leaves – fresh or dried should be ¼ cup of leaves to 1 cup of hot water
Pour hot water on the leaves/powder. ( optional to add orange peel, fennel seed etc only if you like the taste/flavoring) Let it sit for 5 minutes
Strain the liquid. You can also refrigerate is for future use upon cooling down.
Add sugar, honey to sweeten it - to remove the bitter taste
add lemon juice – again optional.
For powdered form – use one tsp to one cup of water
Cover it and then refrigerate it – for a day.
The powder will accumulate in the bottom – remove the water from the top – the water is now your tea.
Add sugar, honey or any other sweetener to remove the bitter taste
Can add lemon too.
- The leaves of neem are naturally bitter and so does the tea taste. It is an acquired palate. Some mix of crushed dried neem leaves or powder in their green or black tea powders. In this way, the bitterness is countered and lessened
Benefits of Neem Tea:
- It is beneficial for asthma, cold, cough or any upper respiratory ailments
- Eliminates parasites. During aliment of cchickenpox– children’s and adults are made to bathe in neem water, in India.
- It is said that it helps in limiting cancer cell growth
- Neem has anti-inflammatory properties – hence helps in treating inflammations.
- Enhances oral health and maintains oral hygiene by treating bad breath and gum diseases.
- Is considered a natural blood purifier, natural detoxifier thus ensuring better liver function
- A Cuppa helps in better digestion and counteracts constipation issues, swelling. And kills intestinal worms, bacteria and treats intestinal ulcers
- It is also used as a contraceptive – birth control medium.
- Boosts the immune system as it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral
- As per Ayurveda Neem is bitter and a cooling agent. On an emotional level, it supposedly calms, promotes introspection and helps in bringing hypertension under control.
- Though Neem leaves have been consumed by many for ages without any side effects – it is advised that this is to be avoided by pregnant women, new mothers, and small children. For this can clash with the medicines of pregnant women and needs a compulsory consultation with their doctor. This can cause serious side effects.
- It is considered to be a natural contraceptive, effects the sperm creation and thus reduces fertility. Avoid if you are trying to get pregnant.
- Best to avoid this if undergoing specific treatments or have a disorder or diabetes or has had or is planning for organ transplants or any surgery.
- Drinking too much Neem Tea or drinking it over a prolonged period of time can cause damage to liver or kidneys. Consult your doctor before you embark on new adventures.
I have done my research – Done that & drunk it too. Plan to continue doing so.
But you should do your own research – find out what works for you and what does not. Consult your doctor and proceed.
Neem has many advantages – it is natural, and its benefits are immense. It is definitely not to be ignored.
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Author: Margaret KM