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Neem Leaf
2oz Organic leaf; Item #81Azadirachta indica
Neem's pure bitter taste is famous as a blood purifier, for parasites, and to lower blood sugar levels.

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Neem Leaf
Neem is widely used in Ayurveda because of its effectiveness in dealing with nearly all types of Pitta and Kapha disorders. Bitter and very cooling, it is usually combined with other herbs to offset its Vata-aggravating qualities. Neem has traditionally been used to purify the blood, cleanse the liver and support the immune system. It is also commonly used for a variety of skin irritations and inflammations, and to support healthy blood glucose levels.

Detoxification for Pitta and Kapha

  • Maintains healthy skin
  • Detoxifies the liver and blood
  • Reduces excess Pitta and Kapha in the system

Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for Pitta and Kapha, aggravates Vata in excess

Herbal Actions:
alterative, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antipyretic, antiviral, depurative, diuretic, refrigerant, vulnerary

Traditional Uses:
skin irritations, inflammations, liver disorders, parasites, high blood sugar

Dosage:1/8 - 1/4 tsp before meals washed down with warm water.

Possible Contraindications:
Pregnancy, hypoglycemia, extreme fatigue, emaciation, high Vata

4oz is approximately one month's supply.

**Certified organically grown

SUGGESTED USE

1/8 - 1/4 tsp in warm water twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines
This product contains loose leaf for the freshest and most potent results. An organic cotton tea bag will be provided with your order to strain your herbs for enjoyable drinking. Your order will contain about 60 servings, 1/2 teaspoon each.

MEDICINAL QUALITIES

INCREASES
Digestive Effects Help

Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main states (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which states are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every state has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite state.

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MOBILE

Mobile ABOUT MOBILE GUNA

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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LIGHT

Light ABOUT LIGHT GUNA

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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DRY

Dry ABOUT DRY GUNA

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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COLD

Cold ABOUT COLD GUNA

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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CLEAR

Clear ABOUT CLEAR GUNA

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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TASTES
Digestive Effects Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

Bitter ABOUT BITTER GUNA

Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.

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DOSHAS
Digestive Effects Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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PACIFIESAGGRAVATES
Pitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingVata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
EFFECT
Prana

PRANA

Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.

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MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Digestion
Antacid

ANTACID

Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.

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Cleanse and Detox
Detoxicant

DETOXICANT

An herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.

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Heart & Circulation
Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Blood Thinner

BLOOD-THINNER

Herbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Immune System
Anthelminthic

ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills worms

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Antipyretic

ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Antiseptic

ANTISEPTIC

Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Liver & Gall Bladder
Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.

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Reproductive Health
Contraceptive

CONTRACEPTIVE

Herbs that reduce fertility or prevent conception. There are no reliable herbal contraceptives!

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Skin Care & Beauty
Antipruritic

ANTIPRURITIC

Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)

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Weight Loss
Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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Bowel-Poop-Elimination
Constipative

CONSTIPATIVE

An herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.

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Product Reviews for Neem Leaf

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can this also be used for children?

- dina, Palatine, IL, 05-01-12 (Reply)
Neem, should only be used for children in small quantities. You can make a tea with 8oz warm almond milk and 1/8tsp neem. Then give one tbsp to the child. since neem is a strong herb, it may be better to schedule a consultation with with a qualified herbalist or practitioner to suggest the right amount. Thanks for asking! Best, -John

How about Neem sticks as toothbrushes ? Is it Ok for my kids (8 and13 y.o. ) and me (high Vata )?

- Dalia, Houston, TX, 07-12-12 (Reply)
Can neem be combined with other herbs to offset its Vata-aggravating qualities? Which are those herbs?

- priyanka chaudhary, Ghaziabad, 01-31-13 (Reply)
It can be combined with coconut oil, almond milk, or other nourishing ingredients. It can be combined with shatavari or other tonic herbs.

couldn't get past the repulsive taste.. almond milk helped a little but wow.. I take or have taken and adjusted to a lot of "healthy vitamin or mineral tastes" but that was a really tough one.

- april, DE, 10-24-13 (Reply)
Perfect any time of the day. I start and end my day with it, and feel lighter and more myself. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to feel better but not through drastic measures. I will definitely be re-ordering in the future.

- Janet, Chesapeake, VA, 03-02-15 (Reply)
Try it with almond milk and maple syrup. See if it helps the bitter taste!

Try it with almond milk and maple syrup. See if it helps the bitter taste!

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