How to eat neem leaves

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How to eat neem leaves
Neem tree leaves are used in a variety of herbal remedies. (india temple image by Horticulture from

Neem leaves are picked from the Neem tree, also known as the Margosa tree. Neem leaves are widely used in India to aid in the healing of a variety of health complaints. According to, Neem is used to reduce pain experienced with ear aches, to rejuvenate the digestive system and to clear up skin disorders, among other functions. (Reference 1) Often, Neem poultices are used to aid in the healing process of skin rashes, insect bites and other issues. There are many ways to eat or otherwise ingest Neem leaves.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Boiling water
  • Mortar
  • Pestle
  • Neem leaves
  • Tea cup
  • Sugar
  • Honey

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  1. 1

    Grind Neem leaves using a mortar and pestle until finely ground.

  2. 2

    Measure out Neem leaves in grams according to what you are using the ground Neem for. Store extra Neem leaves in a sealed, airtight container in a dry location out of direct sunlight.

  3. 3

    Boil water on the hob, in a tea kettle, or in a microwave safe in a ceramic cup.

  4. 4

    Add boiling water to pre-measured Neem leaves. Allow them to soak for several minutes.

  5. 5

    Drink while Neem tea is hot. Add sugar or honey if you like to sweeten the mix.

Tips and warnings

  • According to, about 75 per cent of all Ayurvedic remedies contain Neem. Ayurvedic medicine is an integration of the balance of body, mind, and spirit.
  • Neem can be ingested in the form of capsules. does not recommend taking capsules if you can find another method, as capsules are often stale and poorly digested.
  • Always consult with your physician before taking herbal supplements or remedies.
  • The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine encourages women who are pregnant or nursing, or people who are thinking of using Ayurvedic therapy to treat a child, should be especially sure to consult their health care provider.
  • also recommends that Neem leaves are safe for use

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