Taste (Rasa): Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing Pitta and Kapha
Benefits & Use: Neem is one of the most powerful blood-purifiers and detoxifiers in Ayurvedic medicine. It cools fever and clears the toxins involved in most inflammatory skin diseases as well as those found in ulcerated mucous membranes. Neem leaves also have antibacterial properties which is why it works wonders on infections, burns and any kind of skin problems. It destroys the bacteria that causes infections, stimulates the immune system and encourages rapid healing.
Additional Uses: Neem leaf paste — made by adding a small amount of water to neem leaf powder — is a common Ayurvedic remedy for inflamed skin and insect bites. To use, apply paste to the affected skin or tissue and let sit for about twenty minutes, until nearly dry. Rinse and pat dry.
In the Kitchen: Neem is very potent and should only be used in small amounts. Ayurveda traditionally recommends the powder form of herbs; taste buds start the digestive process and send signals to the body to initiate the it’s own supportive mechanisms.
Recipe: Bitter Tonic for Liver Health
Ingredients & Instructions: Mix 1/8 tsp of neem leaf powder with 1/8 tsp of turmeric, 1 tb of Aloe vera juice and 1/2 cup of water.