The neem tree is a tropical evergreen native to India that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. A mainstay in aryuvedic medicine, parts of the neem tree are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic and anti-viral. Aryuvedic practitioners use all parts of the tree, including the flowers, leaves, bark, seeds and roots to relieve a variety of health conditions. Neem leaves are often made into tea to treat kidney, prostate and bladder ailments. The leaves also are used to treat leprosy, skin ulcers, intestinal worms and eye problems. Always consult with your doctor before trying any alternative treatments.
Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Pour the water over 2 oz. of fresh neem leaves. Steep for about five minutes.
Strain the tea and serve in a cup. You can flavor your tea with your choice of flavoring, including lemon juice and honey.
Michael Long is a practicing nutritionist and started writing in 2010 for various websites, covering topics in alternative healing and nutrition. He has a master's degree in nutrition from Benedictine University.