Reading translations of ancient Ayurvedic texts, it’s clear that neem leaf is the part of the tree most often used in tradition, although roots, bark and flowers all are listed as effective. Judging entirely by anecdotal reports, we think that may be because the leaf is so much easier to harvest than any other parts of the tree, but we’d never consider arguing with the scientists. Nearly all recent research looks at the impact of neem leaf or neem leaf extract as well, with more than 300 studies listed on the National Institutes of Health website at Pubmed.com. *
Nearly all of our formulas begin with a neem leaf tea because of its cooling, immune-boosting effects. Its traditional uses include anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-fungal, and anti-pyretic (fever) properties although none of those actions have been proven to the FDA. * However, some of the earliest writings known to man refer to the benefits of neem leaf, and the tree’s Sanskrit name is arishtha, meaning “reliever of sickness.”
We also have fresh neem leaf grown in Florida available for most of the year. (Since neem in a tropical plant growing in a temperate climate, we can’t always promise to have fresh neem leaf it in stock.) We pick it the morning after it is ordered and ship that afternoon so that fresh neem leaf is truly fresh neem leaf. It lasts in the refrigerator (in a paper bag not plastic) for four to six weeks and up to six months in the freezer.
To brew a cup of tea with neem leaf powder, use a scant ¼ teaspoon per cup of water. Allow to cool. Learn more about how to make the perfect tea with neem!
Available in 1/2 lb or 1 lb.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Neem Tree Farms does not sell products intended to prevent, control, cure or treat any disease.