Neem is a quick-growing evergreen tree in the mahogany family, native to the Indian subcontinent. The leaves, fruit, and seeds are used for a wide variety of products. Neem oil can be used as an insect repellent or an anti-fungal salve. Twigs from the tree are traditionally used as toothbrushes in India, and neem toothpaste is becoming quite popular. Neem as an herbal tisane is widely consumed as a health tonic. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is said to calm the imbalance of pitta (inner fire element). The flavor of infused neem leaf is quite bitter and can be blended with other herbs, or with honey and lemon, to cut the bitterness.
Ingredients: Neem Leaves.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
|Water Temp °F (°C)||Steep Time (minutes)||Number of Infusions||Quantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)|