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7 Health Benefits Of Neem & Jaggery

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

The mention of neem leaves evokes a bitter taste in the mouth, but this tree and its leaves are synonymous with good health. It has been a part of the Indian culture, tradition, food and medicines for over 5000 years. Also known as the Azadirachta Indica in the English language or Neemba in Sanskrit, is an excellent example of how nature has the power to pose problems and offer its cure too.

The Neem has more than 130 different biologically active compounds. On the other hand, Jaggery is an integral part of food traditions – often considered as a natural sweetener; it helps to cleanse the body, boost digestion, sweeten food and acts as a good source of minerals.


Neem and jaggery are two ends of a spectrum what with the former being bitter-most and the latter being sweet. When they are combined, their mixture when consumed has many health benefits. Let’s look at the health benefits of the Neem and Jaggery combination.

#1 Helps in Weight Loss

Jaggery and neem mixture gives a boost to your metabolism and helps the body burn fat cells.

#2 Helps in Protecting Skin

Applying a mixture of neem and jaggery on your skin can help improve your complexion as well as protect you from UV rays and other radical damage.

#3 Helps in Detoxification

The enzymes in the neem leaves have the power to flush out all waste and toxins from the body. The neem and jaggery mixture works as a natural detox solution for the body.

#4 Helps in Deworming

Yes, we all need deworming, i.e. getting rid of the worms in our stomach! Neem leaves have the power to kill microorganisms that harm the human body and destroy the worms present in the stomach. This mixture helps to prevent many diseases.

Based on my knowledge, consuming jaggery can be beneficial for your health. The potassium content in jaggery helps regulate blood pressure and supports heart function, while the presence of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc can boost your immune system and promote overall well-being. Incorporating jaggery in your diet can be a natural way to support these essential functions in your body.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

#5 Helps in Preventing Ulcers

Eating a mix of neem and jaggery has powerful gastroprotective elements. This helps in keeping stomach ulcers at bay.

Also Read: Is Jaggery Good for Diabetes? Evaluating the Effects on Blood Sugar Levels

#6 Helps in Boosting Immunity

Neem is full of antioxidants and jaggery can boost immunity. Together, they help strengthen the body and keep it safe from common ailments. Read more on how to boost immunity.

#7 Helps in Healing Wounds

Neem and jaggery as a mixture have many anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, they help wounds to heal faster.

In my experience, neem has shown potential as a low-cost source of pain-relieving and fever-reducing compounds. These properties may be helpful in managing discomfort and fever symptoms.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Precautions With Neem And Jaggery  

There aren’t any clear studies on the negative effects of neem and jaggery as a combination, however, both these ingredients on their own have a few precautions you should be aware of:  

  • Neem oil is not safe to consume orally, it should be used for external purposes only or consumed only when diluted  
  • Neem leaf extract is potentially safe when applied to the mouth  
  • Raw Neem products and extracts may severely affect pregnancy (potentially causing a miscarriage)
  • Although better than refined sugar, jaggery can also spike blood sugar, especially when consumed in large amounts
  • Jaggery can also promote weight gain if taken regularly

Also Read: 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric.

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