Neem juice benefits for skin, hair and weight loss (with recipe, cost and side effects)

Neem juice benefits are well known by most in the Indian community. 

Let’s find out all there is to know about it.

What is neem juice? 

Neem is that bitter leaf which our moms made us consume as children.

This is what it looks like:

Botanical name: Azadirachta indica

That leaf has several beneficial properties, and can be juiced industrially. 

The juice extracted from neem leaves is called neem juice. 

How to make neem juice?

There are four steps to make neem juice.

  1. Soak around 100g neem leaves in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes
  2. Add 50ml water
  3. Blend on high
  4. Drink

Step #1 is important to activate several key oxidative enzymes present in neem leaves.

Here is a small video that shows how to prepare neem juice.

Some things to keep in mind while making neem juice are:

  • Do not boil/ soak the leaves in hot water, it might destroy the vitamin C contents.
  • Do not add any sweeteners. It won’t make a huge difference in taste, but will only add onto the calorific values. Moreover, the bitter taste of neem is extremely good for stimulating the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
  • Drink the juice fast. Letting it sit will only allow for chunky neem particles to settle down and eventually form viscosity in the juice. It will become a dread to drink texture wise.

How much neem juice to drink daily?

100ml of diluted neem juice is the recommended allowance. It is great for everyday detoxification.

However, if your personal goals include weight loss, you can consume up to 200ml.

The ratio of neem leaves (in grams) to water (in ml) should always be 2:1.

This means for every 10grams of neem you should use 5ml of water.

Here are the nutritional guidelines for neem juice that show that 100ml is good enough for regular consumption:

NutrientNEEM JUICE (per serving size/ 100ml) 
Iron0.36mg
Potassium86.8mg
Sodium3mg
Sugar1g
Dietary fiber0g
Vitamin A1%
Vitamin C40%

When to drink neem juice?

It is best to drink neem juice early in the morning, on an empty stomach.

Neem leaves are loaded with a number of advantages for the body.

Drinking it on an empty stomach allows you to make the most out of it.

7 incredible benefits of neem juice

Here is a comprehensive paper that outlines several unique properties and benefits of drinking neem juice daily.

High in antioxidants

Antioxidants help to counter harmful free radicals in the body. This helps to improve immunity, and creates resistance against foreign particles in the body.

Strong antiviral properties

Neem bark and neem leaves have virucidal properties; they seem to interfere with the replication of a virus and give the immune system more time to fight the infection.

Neem leaves are also commonly used against fungal infections and conditions like Malaria.

Good digestive

Astringent properties of Neem leaves are shown to help to reduce the formation of gas, bloating and flatulence.

Good for skin

Neem juice can benefit your skin when you apply it externally and when you drink it internally.

Rich in minerals and antioxidants, neem juice mixed into your face pack can help you with:

  • Reducing acne
  • Prevent fine lines
  • Reduce blemishes and spots

The antioxidants in neem are beneficial for reducing melanin production of your skin, which helps to even out your skin tone.

Neem juice is a great source of vitamin E and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Drinking neem juice everyday in the morning can help you detoxify, that in turn can help you:

  • Get glowing skin
  • Get clear skin
  • Reduce the frequency of pimples

Improves metabolism

Neem leaves seem to aid breakdown of body fat. Drinking neem juice regularly will help you get a cleaner stomach, improve your metabolism and help maintain your weight.

2 serious side effects of neem juice

Despite the numerous benefits, neem juice comes with a few side effects.

Excess consumption may lead to gastric issues

Neem contains a compound called Azadirachtin. It is a chemical compound belonging to the limonoid group.

Excess consumption of it can lead to gastric issues such acidity, vomiting and diarrhea.  

Potential cause of brain malfunction

Neem seeds are reported to have a long-chain fatty acid that can induce drowsiness, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4791507/

How much does neem juice cost? 

An average bottle of neem juice costs Rs 250/- per 1L.

It is cheaper to make it at home. Here’s the mathematical reasoning:

Average bundle of 1kg neem leaves cost: Rs. 160/-

Out of 1kg, you can get 500ml of neem juice (that can further be mixed with 500ml water to double the amount).

Therefore, you can get 1L of neem juice for Rs. 160/- only at home.

Further:

  • It is free of preservatives 
  • You get fresh neem juice, that does not become viscous in texture over time
  • You get the benefits of raw unprocessed neem leaves

However, some minor inconveniences can be:

  • Lack of unavailability on neem leaves in the immediate community
  • Extra usage of resources such as blender, electricity etc.
  • You cannot store neem juice in stock. It can turn viscous in nature due to remnants of fiber.

If you wish to get yourself a bottle, here are some of the options:

Product NamePriceQty.
Kapiva Neem JuiceRs. 2801L
Krishna’s Neem JuiceRs. 165500ml
Healthmug Neem JuiceRs. 116250ml
Dabur Giloy Neem JuiceRs. 2501L

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when we apply neem juice directly on skin?

Due to its astringent properties, neem can cause irritation for some skin types. Redness and itching is quite common.

This is why it is best to apply neem juice along with a face pack on the skin.

The benefits include:

  • Evening out skin tone, as neem regulates melanin production of skin 
  • Reduces the dark spots, blemishes and any kind of redness on your skin

Can we drink neem juice daily?

No, you should not. 

According to the medical board of India, consuming over 60mg of neem juice everyday can directly harm your liver and kidney. 

We recommend drinking neem juice only for a few days continuously, or every alternate day for one month.

Neam leaves for skin lightening? 

Neem leaves have a lot of antioxidant properties. It has been said to reduce melanin production in the skin, giving you a white complexion. 

Apart from that it helps reduce acne and blemishes, by purifying the blood. 

However, the results can vary based on your individual medical history. 

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