NEEM TEA

Neem tea has been consumed in India for several centuries for its range of wellness benefits. Utilized extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, neem is a tree native to India and Burma in the mahogany family Meliaceae. The neem tree's flowers, seeds, bark, fruits, and roots are all used for medicinal purposes.

Yet, neem ayurvedic tea is only made using dried or fresh neem leaves or a powdered form of the leaves.

The neem tree is sometimes referred to as the "Village Pharmacy" because of its healthful properties.

From a wellness perspective, neem seems as if it is nearly "anti" everything: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic.

Neem contains carotene, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, thiamine, and several other chemical compounds. Neem tea is believed to stimulate the immune system, improve liver function, promote circulaton, digestive, and respiratory health, and detoxify the blood.

As a result, it is purported to be useful for helping ease the symptoms of pneumonia, malaria, heart disease, fever, shingles, herpes, sore throats, thrush, hypertension, ulcers, gout, arthritis, food poisoning, colds, parasites, and bladder issues.

In India, neem is traditionally consumed on a daily basis to prevent many of the above conditions. A strong tea made with neem can also be used externally to treat sprains, swollen glands, bites, stings, and infected wounds.

Preparation

Using Neem Leaves:

  • To make tea with neem leaves, bring water to a boil and remove it from the heat.

  • Immerse one cup of whole neem leaves per quart of hot – not boiling – water.

  • Strain the liquid and put it in a jug or pitcher and store in the refrigerator.

Using Neem Powder:

  • If you are using neem powder, add 1/4 cup of powder per quart of water.

  • Cover the water with the powder and put it in the refrigerator. Let is stand overnight or up to 24 hours.

  • When the powder has accumulated at the bottom, remove the liquid, which is now your tea. Store it in a container in your refrigerator.

Flavor and Aroma

The leaves of the neem tree have a garlic-like odor and are bitter in taste, so some consider neem leaf tea an acquired taste.

Bitterness is considered one of the six tastes in Ayurveda and is viewed as purifying and corrective. So, consuming bitter teas like neem leaf tea is thought to be beneficial to your health.

Rather than tasting bitter, some people think neem leaf tea resembles the grassy notes of green tea. You can add honey, stevia or other sweetener to your brew, if you prefer.

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