Making Neem Tea
Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour the water over 2oz (1/2-3/4 teaspoon) of the neem leaves and steep for about 5 minutes. Strain the tea and pour it into a cup. The tea can be flavoured, for example with lemon or honey, and taken internally to help with bloating and other digestive disorders, and to supplement the external use of neem for skin disorders.
- Neem is contraindicated for use in people wishing to conceive and should be avoided during pregnancy and breast-feeding due to lack of safety studies.
Plain tea can also be used externally
- as a wash or hair rinse to combat dandruff
- as a gargle or mouthwash.
- to wash sore eyes.
- to use as a spray on houseplants
If keeping the tea for topical use store in the fridge and after 5-7 days or if it becomes cloudy (but don't throw it away- give it to plants in the garden!)
Other tea recipes:
Neem and Ginger Tea
- Add 1/2 teaspoon neem leaves in ½ cup of hot water, along with half-inch piece of crushed ginger.
- Let it boil for 5-10 minutes. Strain in a cup, and serve hot, with honey to taste.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda for a soothing tea for heartburn
Neem and Pepper Tea
- Neem leaf tea with ¼ teaspoon pepper helps to relieve itchiness from eczema
- Take twice daily
- Add a handful of Neem leaves to a bath to help with skin complaints.
- Neem leaves can be used to make a poultice to soothe shingles and/or scabies.
- Add neem leaves to stored carpets and clothes to help prevent insect damage
- Use the leaves as a mulch for healthier plants
- Blitz neem leaves to a powder and mix with kaolin clay or Fullers Earth and use as a dusting powder to combat athlete's foot and jock itch/cyclists' groin
- As a flea powder for cats/dogs/poultry
Neem begun A popular Bengali dish, neem begun is basically prepared with neem leaves and brinjal (aubergine or eggplant) tossed in some oil. Marinate the brinjal with turmeric and salt. Heat mustard oil, add neem leaves to it, and fry well until crispy. Keep aside. Cook the chopped brinjal in the same pan until crispy. Add the neem leaves, chopped chillies, and some salt. Serve hot with some rice.
Neem chutney The addition of jaggery (raw cane sugar) to this traditional South Indian dish balances out the bitter taste of neem. Blend together kokum, neem leaves, jaggery powder, salt, and cumin with some water to make a smooth paste. Add coconut oil and mustard seeds to another pan and let them sputter. Add curry leaves and dry red chilli and mix. Pour this tempering over the chutney. Enjoy!
Neem leaf curry Roast mustard seeds and panch phoron (five spice mix) and grind to form a powder. Fry dried neem leaves and set them aside. Add dry red chilli, panch phoron, and bay leaf in the same oil. Add papaya, salt, potato, drumstick pieces, carrot, and ginger paste, and cook well. Add water, brinjal, and the neem leaves. Now add the spice powder, and sugar and mix well. Enjoy!