THE MANIFOLD BENEFITS OF CURRY LEAVES
Every Indian home is familiar with the aromatic Curry Leaf. Its distinctive fragrance and flavouradd an exotic quality to any dish, but it’s not just used for its culinary attributes, but also for its many health benefits.
Treatment of Vitamin and Calcium Deficiencies: Curry Leaves are said to be rich in Vitamin A, B, C and B2. They are also believed to be a good source of iron and calcium, and are used in traditional medicine to treat calcium deficiencies.
For weight loss:
Curry Leaves have been found to aid in weight loss. Carbazole Alkaloids in these leaves work against weight gain and help in regulating cholesterol levels in the body.
Treatment of Dysentery, Constipation and Diarrhoea: Relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach by grinding dried curry leaves and adding them to buttermilk. The leaves have properties that support bowel movement and stimulate digestive enzymes.
Treatment for morning sickness and nausea:
Pregnant women can use Curry Leaves as a natural remedy for morning sickness and nausea. The leaves help in increasing digestive secretions and thus counteract nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
To eliminate bacteria:
Most illnesses are caused by infections, or because of oxidative damage in the body. Curry Leaves can be used as a natural remedy to battle these infections as they are packed with Carbazole Alkaloids, which are compounds with antibacterial, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain the compound Linalool which kills bacteria and eliminates harmful free radicals in the body.
Beneficial for Diabetics:
Curry Leaves can effectively lower blood glucose levels. They offer protection to insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, and prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Beneficial for the eyesight:
Curry Leaves are believed to have unique properties that prove beneficial to the eyesight. They prevent the early onset of cataract, because they are rich in Vitamin A.
Treatment of Stress:
The essential oils in Curry Leaves are effective in stress reduction, owing to the calming effect of their fragrance. Studies have demonstrated that inhaling Linalool can help in reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
Treatment of wounds, skin eruptions and burns:Grind Curry Leaves into a paste and apply directly to burns, bruises and skin eruptions. The Carbazole Alkaloid compound in the leaves speeds up the healing process in wounds, inflamed skin, boils and first-degree burns.
Promotes hair growth: Curry Leaves are traditionally used to stimulate hair follicles and promote the growth of healthy hair. They are used to combat hair loss, premature greying and dandruff.
Improves the memory:
Curry Leaves have a positive impact on your memory, and can help in dealing with disorders like Alzheimer’s.