How to Store Neem Leaves, Paste, Flower, Oil & Neem Powder
In this article, we will be giving you tips on How to Properly Preserve and Store different parts of the Neem Plant so that it lasts a long time.
Now if you don’t know, Neem is a tree that is best known for being popular in traditional medicinal remedies.
This is because neem contains more than 130 different biologically active compounds that might help manage your blood sugar, heal ulcers and has strong antibacterial properties.
How to Store Fresh Neem Leaves
Neem leaves have a plethora of uses, it can be a natural remedy to treat various skin, hair, and other conditions.
The trick to keeping fresh Neem leaves for a long time is to keep them away from moisture which will cause them to wilt.
Steps to storing Fresh Neem Leaves
- The first thing you need to know is that you shouldn’t wash the Neem leaves until you are ready to use them,
- By not washing them keeps the leaves from wilting prematurely.
- Now to store them the first thing you should do is remove the leaves from the stem.
- Next, place the leaves in a bowl lined with a paper towel at the bottom to absorb any moisture and then cover it tightly with a lid.
- Finally, you can store it in the refrigerator.
- Remember to wash them before using them.
How Long Does Neem Leave Last in the Refrigerator
Neem Leaves can last for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
How to Properly Make & Store Neem Powder
To make the leaves last longer many people grind the leaves into a power.
Steps to Making & Storing Neem Leaf Powder
- First, take a few fresh neem leaves and wash them in clean water to remove dirt.
- Then strain the leaves of any water and lay them on a flat plate or pan.
- Now, place the leaves in a shaded area for 3 days until all the moisture from the leaves gets dried out becoming dry and crispy. (Don’t sundry the leaves because it can reduce nutrient content).
- Next, break the dried leaves into smaller pieces using your hands.
- Then put the pieces into a grinder or food processor and grind into a fine powder.
- Use a sieve to remove large particles of the ground leaves.
- Finally, place the Neem powder in an airtight container and store in a clean, dry area of your home.
How to Make and Store Neem Paste
Neem Paste is used to treat a variety of skin disorders like acne, and uneven skin tone. And making a paste from Neem leaves is very simple. Follow the steps below to make and store the Neem paste.
How to Make & Store Neem Paste
- First, collect a few fresh Neem Leaves and wash them thoroughly.
- Next, soak the leaves in warm water so that they soften.
- Then remove the leaves from the warm water.
- And place the neem leaves into a mortar and pestle and grind the leaves into a paste.
- Now you can use the paste by applying it to the skin area that you want to enhance.
- Finally, if you want to store the paste, you can do so by placing the paste into a clean airtight container and then into the refrigerator for a period of 7 days.
Neem paste can also be combined with other remedies, such as turmeric for your skin.
You can click here to learn How to store Turmeric Powder for a long time.
How to Make & Store Neem Water
Neem water can be added to your bath to help treat or prevent fungal infections. It can also be used as a natural toner for your face.
Making and Storing Neem Water
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Then place the hot water into a bowl and add your Neem Leaves
- Next, you need to allow the water to cool, you will notice the water changes its color to a variation of green.
- Strain the leaves from the water using a sieve.
- Place the water in a bottle and then into the refrigerator.
- Neem Water will last for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
How to Make & Store Neem Oil
Neem oil is very expensive to buy but it can be made quite easily at home. It is used to treat scalp infections such as dandruff and hair loss.
Steps to Making and Storing Neem Oil
- Firstly wash 8 sprig of Neem Leaves and dry them.
- Next, place the leaves into a grinder along with a little water, this will give you a neem paste.
- Use a heavy bottom pan and put 200 ml of organic coconut oil to slowly heat in the pan. (In this method we will be using heat to infuse the nutrients of neem into the coconut oil.)
- Now you need to slowly add the neem paste to the coconut oil and keep stirring the paste into the oil.
- After simmering the paste into the oil for 15 minutes, turn off the fire.
- Allow the oil mixture to cool and rest for 2 hours.
- Once the oil has cooled you can strain the mixture using a clean sieve
- Then place the oil into a bottle with a cover.
- Finally store in a clean, dry area away from moisture and sunlight.
- The Neem Oil will last for 3-4 months once stored properly
How to Store and Preserve Neem Flowers
Neem Flowers are easy to store and preserve. Neem Flowers bloom during the springtime but they can be dried so that it can last for years. Neem flowers are generally used in cooking and to improve digestive health.
Steps to Preserving Neem Flowers
- First, separate the neem flowers from the leaf by holding the stem of the branch in one hand and pulling the flowers by dragging your fingers from the bottom towards the end to separate the flowers.
- Next, wash the flowers in a bowl of water by dipping the flower into the water to remove dirt or sand.
- Then spread the flowers in one layer onto a plate or pan and allow to dry in the hot sun.
- This process takes two to three days to get the Neem flowers to be dried properly for storage.
- Once dry you should keep the flowers on the kitchen counter so that they can adjust to room temperature, then transfer them to an airtight container for future use.
- Dried Neem Flowers will last for one year if stored properly.
How Can Neem Be Used?
Different parts of the Neem tree can be used for various purposes. The flowers can be cooked in a variety of dishes and the leaves are used in Ayurveda medicine. The Ayurveda or ayurvedic medicine, is a healthy-lifestyle system that people in India have used for more than 5,000 years.
Neem is also popularly used in the beauty industry, in the form of oils, paste and powders for soaps, face and hair masks. Neem is also known for its pesticidal and insecticidal properties
Warning: Although neem is a popular source of alternative medical remedies, there isn’t enough verified medical evidence to support the effectiveness of neem as a health remedy of any kind. Talk to your doctor before trying to treat any symptoms with neem tree products.
Other Names for Neem
You may also hear neem being called different names such as Azadirachta Indica in English, Indian Lilac or ‘Neemba’ in Sanskrit.
Neem typically grows in most tropical regions, such as India and Myanmar.