neem leaves
Last Updated : Aug 24,2021

What is neem leaves, neem ke patte ? glossary | benefits | uses | recipes |
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Neem ke patte, Neemba

What is neem leaves, neem ke patte ?

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 which help in treatment of skin and gum disease, promote a healthy respiratory and digestive system and nourish hair.

How to select neem leaves, neem ke patte

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, neem ke patte in Indian Cooking

• 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.

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Life is a blend of bitter-sweet memories. And so is this Neem Juice – although the bitterness courses through your senses the moment you sip it, it surprisingly leaves a sweet after-taste! Neem Juice is made from Neem Leaves and water, so its 100% pure. 

Neem Juice has a lot of medicinal benefits, and is especially good for your hair, skin and stomach. Known for its detox and cleansing properties, it is wise to have a Neem Juice to reap its benefits. 

It is therefore customary in Maharashtrian families to have a small quantity of this juice on Gudi Padwa day. You can try it too!

How to store neem leaves, neem ke patte

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.

Health benefits of neem leaves, neem ke patte

Being rich in antioxidant quercetin and nimbolide, neem leaves help to protect us from free radical damage which otherwise can lead to other health complications like diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc. These antioxidants along with a few more are also used in the treatment of skin and and to nourish the hair. Neem is rich in calcium and thus good for bones. A massage of neem oil on the joints helps relive the arthritic pain and reduces inflammation. Eating neem leaves enhances the immune system and maintains oral hygiene too. A paste of neem leaves and turmeric powder is effective in reducing skin pigmentation and lightening scars. A decoction made by boiling neem leaves if consumed daily helps regulate blood sugar levels too.

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