Curry leaves commonly known as “curry patta” are natural flavoring agents with several health benefits, which makes food both healthy and delicious along with the pleasing aroma. They contain antioxidant properties and can control cholesterol, diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, excessive acid secretion, peptic ulcers, dysentery. They are believed to have cancer fighting properties and are known to help protect the liver. Curry leaves are also beneficial for diabetic patients. Having ten fresh fully grown curry leaves every morning for three months can help to prevent diabetes. Apart from this, curry leaves have the potential to regrow hair on the scalp. This can be a very beneficial herb for people who have severe hair fall or balding issues.
Top 10 benefits of curry leaves
- Cure gastrointestinal issues: The extract from the seeds of the curry tree are beneficial for gastrointestinal problems. Fresh juice of curry leaves, with lime juice and sugar, is highly beneficial in treating morning sickness, nausea and vomiting due to indigestion and excessive use of fats. One or two teaspoons of juice of these leaves mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice may be taken in these conditions. The curry leaves, ground to a fine paste and mixed with buttermilk, can also be taken on an empty stomach with beneficial results in case of stomach upsets. Tender curry leaves are a valuable remedy for treating diarrhea, dysentery and piles. They should be taken, mixed with honey. The bark of the tree is also useful in bilious vomiting. A teaspoon of the powder or the decoction of the dry bark should be given with cold water in this condition.
- Accelerate hair growth and maintenance: Liberal intake of curry leaves is useful in preventing premature graying of hair. These leaves have the property to nourish the hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier with normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney or the juice may be squeezed and taken with buttermilk. When curry leaves are boiled in coconut oil till they are reduced to a blackened residue, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and in retaining the natural pigmentation.
- Anti-diabetic: The extracts of the curry leaves help in protecting the pancreatic beta cells and improving the functioning of pancreatic islets that are responsible to produce insulin. Eating ten fresh fully grown curry leaves every morning for three months can help to prevent diabetes due to heredity factors. It also cures diabetes due to obesity, as the leaves themselves have weight reducing properties. As the weight drops, the diabetic patients stop passing sugar in the urine.
- Rich in antioxidant properties: Curry plant has exceptional antioxidant properties making it a herb that acts as a preventive measure for cancer. It is known to improve cell immunity as well. Also, curry leaves have the amazing ability to protect the body from the ill effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It not only protects the chromosomes from damage but also protects the bone marrow and halts the production of free radicals in the body. It can also be beneficial for people who are exposed to cadmium.
- Anti-nociceptive: The presence of methanol in the leaves makes the plant anti-nociceptive. This plant has proven to work as an analgesic and relieve problems such as edema as well as pain due to inflammation. The root of the curry plant also has medicinal properties. The juice of the root can be taken to relieve pain associated with the kidneys.
- Lower cholesterol level: The extract from the curry leaves is used to lower cholesterol levels in the body. It helps in preventing obesity and can be prescribed to a diabetic patient as well.
- Reduces congestion in the chest and nose: Curry leaves are very effective in relieving the symptoms of wet cough, sinusitis or chest congestion. Curry leaves can help loosen up and release congested mucous as they are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and compounds such as kaempferol that is a very potent anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antioxidant.
- Helps in liver protection: The leaf extracts of curry leaves shield the liver from damage due to oxidative stress and harmful toxins that build-up in the body as curry leaves contain kaempferol which is a potent antioxidant. This leaf extract is known to relieve the problem of liver dysfunction and relieving hepatic complications.
- Helps to treat burns: Curry leaves can be used with gratifying results to treat burns, bruises and skin eruptions. They should be applied as a poultice over the affected areas.
- Beneficial for eyesight: Fresh juice of curry leaves suffused in the eyes makes them look bright. It also prevents the early development of cataract.
Recipes with curry patta: Sambhar, Poha, Upama, curry leaves namkeen, Curry leaves potato
-Shivani Bhardwaj, Pratibha Singh and Shalu; Health Benefits of Curry Leaves. Indian Farmers Digest. Volume 51, no 4. pg 37-38