Curry leaves, named by the Indian origin as ‘Kadi Patta’ are the leaves from the curry tree. It scientifically stems from the name Murraya Koenigii Spreng and it fits into the Rutaceae family. This is a native plant of India and is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions. And it also finds is cultivation in various other countries like Australia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and China.
Aesthetically, the plant ranges from small to a medium height with green leaves branching out from the sheath. All the parts of this mighty plant are proven useful – leaves, roots, and its bark. Its main purpose is found in the kitchen that is sought after for its distinctive flavor and health in cooking. Not that just, this plant has found itself solve a lot of health issues when consumed regularly.
The leaves are used in dried, fried and paste nature depending on the purpose. The fresh form is most popular for cooking and herbal medicines. Besides, the curry leaves are tested and are considered to have antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, and hepatoprotective properties. Withal, the roots help in soothing severe body aches and its bark is a great relief to stand snake bites.
Some extra information: Curry leaves bears semblance to ‘neem’ or Indian lilac and the name of the curry leaves translates to ‘sweet neem’, not to mention, in most of the Indian languages.
Amazing benefits of curry leaves
Great hair care
Gray hair or greasy hair? Chuck it out with the curry leaves. The leaves are proven since past decades for bolstering the hair roots. The leaves can either be made a paste or dried in the sun and blended with the oil to apply onto the hair. Adopting this routine will save your hair its luster and strength.
Upholds the Liver
Extensive research on curry leaves proved that the tannins and carbazole alkaloids existing in the leaves displayed good hepatoprotective properties. The hepatoprotective means the capability to protect the liver from any damage. Also, to safeguard from specific diseases like hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
The curry leaves admittedly abridges the bad cholesterol level in the body. It is under scrutiny the curry leaves possess enough potential to abridge LDL cholesterol levels.
Heals the Wounds
Not just hair, curry leaves are also known as a great healer for skin care. Healing will be a jiffy when the juice or the paste from this leaves is applied directly on the cuts, bruises, skin irritations, burns, and insect stings. It not only helps in speedy recovery but also heals.
Scrapes the Cancer
The chemical constituents found in curry leaves such as phenols are helpful in fighting cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancers. Research on these leaves showed evidence of cancer-fighting properties in the carbazole alkaloids extracts from curry leaves.
Alleviates morning sickness and nausea
Are you pregnant? The curry leaves can save you from morning sickness. It helps in increasing the digestive secretions thus freeing you from vomiting.
Good for Eyesight
It is a rich source of vitamin A and that characteristic is the best for eyesight, the research says. And some extra info, Less supply of vitamin causes night blindness, cloud like heap in front of the eye, and even lead to loss of vision in a few cases.
Aids in losing weight
Curry leaves aids in weight loss becuase of the presence of carbazole alkaloids. This compound suppresses weight gain and also burns LDL cholesterol. Dried or fresh curry leaves can be added to you to your food or you can munch on the dried curry leaves directly to attain the weight you want.
The carbazole alkaloids compound present in the curry leaves possesses anti-diarrheal properties. A handful of curry leaves needs to be ground up and the paste can be just eaten with rice or Indian bread, alternatively, the juice of the leaves can be gulped.
Curry leaves cure gastrointestinal issues in Ayurveda. This is mainly because they possess mild laxative properties. The curry leaves can be blended with lime juice and water to consume as a means to cure indigestion. The curry paste can be mixed with buttermilk and consumed every morning on an empty stomach to treat indigestion.
Well, isn’t this amazing!
A handful of curry leaves in your daily intake and you get to enjoy a lot of health benefits that you didn’t know existed in the first place. And that is why this is an amazing food.