Neem Flowers have amazing health benefits, and is less bitter compared to the other parts of the Neem tree. Flowers are widely used in Ayurveda, folk medicine, traditional cooking recipes, aromatherapy, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Its medicinal properties are: anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, helps to purify blood and body detox, blood sugar lowering, hepato-protective and is a natural contraceptive.
The flowers are white in color, generally 5 mm long and have a sweet fragrance and produce nectar. The flowering period is generally between the months of January and April. Buds normally open in the afternoon, emanating a strong smell during night. Fresh Neem flowers and new leaves are eaten raw to prevent illness.
Azadirachta indica, the Neem tree is known as “Nature’s Drug store”. In Sanskrit it is known as ‘Arishtha’ meaning ‘reliever of sickness’ and hence is considered as ‘Sarvaroganivarani’. The tree is still regarded as ‘village dispensary’ in India. It has been used for over two millennia for its medicinal properties. Neem is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicines and remedies since thousands of years. Its root bark, stem bark, gum, flower, leaves, seeds and seed oil are used for various medicinal purposes. It is said that there is no disease that Neem cannot aid to cure. Neem appears to be tailor made for the struggle against the emerging health issues of mankind.
Health Benefits of Neem Flowers Tea
Tasting Notes: bitter
- Neem flowers are a stimulant, anti-helmentic, antibiotic and a blood purifier. They are used to treat atonic dyspepsia, jaundice, and relieves anorexia and nausea. The carminative compounds in neem flowers, aids in indigestion, increases appetite, soothe an upset stomach, and neutralize gastric acids.
- When the digestive juices shoot up into the esophagus, it will cause a momentary burning sensation within the chest. This is called heartburn. In Ayurveda, the body’s force is associated with proper elimination of metabolic waste. If the pitta is not balanced, it will result in a burning sensation and pain in the chest and gut, like heartburn and hyperacidity. Neem blossoms are great for reducing the bile, good for digestive tract, for ulcer, nausea and heartburn. This takes care of mouth ulcers as well.
- Antioxidants protects the body from damaging free radicals, delays the aging process, prevents viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It is very useful to cure infection of respiratory illnesses. Can be given for TB, cold, sore-throat, cough and seasonal allergies. Flavanoids in neem flowers are kempferol, quercetin and myricetin. Active antioxidant components in the flowers are rutin and quercetin flavonoids.
- The flowers aids in weight-loss. The flowers have the capacity to flush out all toxic elements in the body. Neem flower tea when taken with lemon and honey helps to improve body metabolisim and aids weight-loss by breaking down fat.
- Neem bark and neem flower possess active hypoglycemic constituents, but neem flower extract possesses stronger hypoglycemic agent than the bark.Decreases blood glucose concentration, through:
- decreased synthesis or release of glucose by the liver, or
- increased release of insulin, or
- increased peripheral glucose utilization.
- Neem flower Acts as a de-worming agent, which helps to eliminate intestinal parasites and clear away the unwanted toxins from the alimentary canal.
- It is useful for intermittent fever, as well as persistent low fever and can be given after suffering from illness to gain body strength. Relieves excessive thirst and tiredness.
- Shade-dried neem flower powder has good polyunsaturated fatty acids such as linolenic, linoleic, and oleic, having good 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging effects. It is also rich in protein. The presence of arachidonic acid is a rare phenomenon in plant lipids, which is commonly observed in animal fats. Arachidonic acid is an omega-6 unsaturated fatty acid, which is essential for your brain, liver, and organs, according to the National institutes of Health.
- Anti-cancer remedy: Regular intake of neem flowers resulted in marked reduction of the incidence of mammary gland and liver tumors.
- Neem flowers helps to improve eye sight.
- Anti-microbial properties of neem flowers helps to heal and cleanse skin infections and infested wounds. Neem flowers can be mixed with other herbs and spices, that can be applied topically as a paste to treat acne, rashes, skin dryness, eczema, and is also effective against dandruff.
- Birth control- Acts as a natural birth-control agent for men and women. Regular intake of Neem flowers could be an ideal oral contraceptive choice, since it is relatively cheap, widely available, widely accepted and effective contraceptive of plant origin; that is equally non-invasive in administration, non-hormonal in action and non-toxic.
- Neem flowers in fresh or dried form can be used in preparing herbal teas, herbal powders, rasam, chutneys, etc, to cure pitha and vadha related diseases. See recipes below.
For a rejuvenating cup of tea:
- One to two teaspoons of dried herb(s) per cup of tea
- Place the loose-leaf tea directly in the cup/pot (or tea ball).
- Bring filtered water to boil. Pour the boiling water over the tea mixture.
- Cover the cup with a lid (this helps preserve the vital nutrients and aromatic properties of the herbs from evaporating into the air).
- Let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and Enjoy.
Feel free to add any combination of ingredients you may have on hand- Grated lemon rind, crushed coriander leaves, powdered cinnamon, lemon juice, dried ginger or crushed black pepper corns may also be added.
Add Palm sugar, honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Storing Your Tea Blends
Store herbal teas in a glass jar, away from sunlight. Crushing the flowers, leaves, and berries before adding them to the tea, helps to release flavours from the herbs.
Recipes to use Neem Flower
- You can make this simple tea / drink and consume it after any heavy meal.
- Veppampoo Rasam(Neem flower Rasam) is a delicious bitter rasam with many health benefits. Neem is extensively used in Indian Ayurvedic/ unani medicine.
- Delicious Neem Flower Chutney as a side dish for pongal, upma.
- Veppam Poo Podi/ Neem Flower Powder
- Veppam Poo Mango Pachadi Recipe/ Ugadi Pachadi / Telugu New Year
- Neem flower tea: A Quick Home Remedy For Lack of Appetite
- Deworming- Neem Flower banana mash for kids.
I hope you enjoy.
Please share your views and your favourite recipe to use Neem flowers?
- Chemopreventive Potential of Neem Flowers on Carcinogen-Induced Rat Mammary and Liver Carcinogenesis.
- Evaluation and Comparison of Hypoglycemic Activity of Ethanol Extract of Neem Flower With Leaves in Wistar Albino Rats.
- Chemical, fatty acid, volatile oil composition and antioxidant activity of shade dried neem (Azadirachta Indica L.) flower powder.
- Antifertility potential of Neem flower extract on adult female Sprague-Dawley rats.
Note: The Neem flowers are shade dried and is sourced from- Tanjore Herbals.