Last Updated : Aug 24,2019
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Also Known As
Neem ke patte, Neemba
Description of Neem leaves
Neem leaves are obtained from neem tree that grows in the tropical and sub-tropical region. They are found throughout India. The green midsized leaves are joined to a main stem and have a faint aroma. They are widely used in making Ayurveda medicines because of their antibacterial and antifungal properties.
They are said to have over 130 various biologically active compounds and help in treatment of skin and gum disease, promote a healthy respiratory and digestive system, nourish hair .
How to select Neem leaves
Ensure that the leaves are fresh, dark green in colour and devoid of any cuts, spots or blemishes. It’s better to purchase leaves which are attached to the stem so that they have a better shelf life.
Culinary Uses of Neem leaves
• It is primarily used to make tea and juice.
• Neem chutney is made on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa – that marks the beginning of new year according to the Hindu calendar. It is believed eating neem chutney, purifies blood and boosts the immune system. It also helps to maintain our body temperature and get accustomed to the change in atmosphere.
How to store Neem leaves
They don't have a long shelf life and thus should be wrapped in a moist kitchen towel or newspaper and then stored in the refrigerator. Detach the leaves from the stem only before cooking.
10 Health Benefits of Neem leaves
1. Since ages neem leaves have been known for their cleansing properties. A concoction of neem leaves helps get rid of toxins from the body.
2. A massage of neem oil on the joints helps relive the arthritic pain.
3. A paste of neem leaves and turmeric powder is effective in reducing skin pigmentation and lightening scars.
4. Being rich in antioxidant quercetin and nimbolide, it helps protect from free radical damage which otherwise can lead to other health complications like diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc.
5. Chew on a handful of cleaned and washed neem leaves daily to keep viral infections at bay.
6. Neem leaves are often used to make face packs to keep the skin supple and moisturized.
7. A daily consumption of neem leaves also proves to be beneficial for skin. Its high antioxidant property makes it suitable to support hair follicle growth. Washing your hair with boiled neem water after shampoo is very effective to moisturize the scalp and get rid of dandruff.
8. It possess anti-bacterial properties as well. It kills the unhealthy bacteria and thus cleanses the gut.
9. To maintain good dental hygiene too, you can turn to neem leaves. They maintain the alkaline level of saliva, fight germs and gives a fresh breath.
10. A decoction made by boiling neem leaves if consumed daily helps regulate blood sugar levels too.
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