Written by Shashwathi Sandeep and published on 22 June 2021.
Do you keep aside the curry leaves which are used for tempering, from your food? Apart from bringing flavour, curry leaves also has many medicinal uses. Read about the health benefits of curry leaves
Curry leaves not only impart flavor to food but have medicinal benefits too. Native to India, curry leaves are extensively used in South Indian and Sri Lankan cooking, especially in curries. Apart from adding a nice aroma to the curries, the leaves are said to be good for a number of ailments. The medicinal uses of curry leaves are well documented in ancient scriptures.
Even today curry leaves are used as ingredients in the preparation of many Ayurvedic medicines. Read on to know about the nutritional value, medicinal uses and health benefits of curry leaves.
Curry leaves help in hair growth and minimising hair fall. When you eat curry leaves, not only is the hair root strengthened, premature greying is also prevented and sometimes cured.
Curry leaves have excellent properties which are good for your skin. If you have small wounds, burns or any skin eruptions, a paste of curry leaves is all you need. For quick relief, apply a thick layer of a paste made of curry leaves.
Trying to knock down a few kilos from your weight? Try curry leaves as it aids in weight loss. It also cleanses your body from harmful chemicals.
Have you tried having curry leaves on an empty stomach? Excellent for treating an upset stomach, having curry leaves early in the morning is good for various stomach-related issues. Just grind some dried curry leaves and add them to buttermilk. Drink this concoction first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach to deal with diarrhea, constipation and dysentery.
|Tip for parents: If you want your child to eat curry leaves and enjoy its many health benefits, try frying it till crisp and add it to fried root vegetables like a potato. Then, watch how your children polish off a plate of potato chips along with curry leaves.|
The humble curry leaves have many medicinal values. Here are some of these.
Consuming curry leaves in moderate quantities has no side effects per se. However, consuming too many can result in acidity, stomach upset and symptoms of nausea.
Curry leaves (nutritional value per 100g)
*Sources as per IFCT, National Institute of Nutrition
We don't need superfoods for optimal health, simple, day-to-day ingredients like curry leaves can do wonders for our health. So the next time you want to throw out a curry leaf from your plate, think twice.