Curry leaves are more than just leaves used for cooking curries- they are an amazing source of medicinal nutrients that keep us healthy in many different ways.
These beautifully shaped, small to medium sized leaves are mostly used in the cuisine of South India and South Eastern parts of Asia. They are usually used for garnishing curries or non-vegetarian gravy preparations. They give off a beautiful aroma and pungent taste that peps up the dish.
Although this leaf is popular all over South East Asia, it is known by different names. The Indonesians call it “Fogli di Cari” while in Sanskrit, they are known as “Hoja.” In present day India, it is referred to as “Curry Patta” or “meethi neem.”
This tree finds it home in Tropical parts of Asia. It is a short tree that usually grows in the gardens of people’s homes and also found abundantly in the market.
It is best to use curry leaves when they are freshly plucked from the trees; storing or freezing these leaves for too long will get them to lose their flavor, aroma, and medicinal values.
Curry leaves are widely used in India and other Asian countries as a medicinal plant used to treat piles, blood disorders, cooling body temperature and many more. When taken regularly with the right dosage, these leaves bring much relief to those suffering from various ailments.
Ayurveda and other systems of alternative medicine have been using curry leaves as part of their herbal medicines. Physical ailments such as stomach disorders and nausea are also cured by this wonder leaf. It is a common practice to let a nauseous person smell this leaf whenever he/she gets the tendency to vomit.
Pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness can follow this useful tip- have a drink that contains one 1 part curry leaves juice, 2 parts lime juice and 1 part sugar. This mixture should be taken every morning for relief from nausea during pregnancy.
A rich source of iron, curry leaves, are made into a paste and cooked along with vegetables or fish. This recipe is excellent for people who have undergone an operation or surgery where they have lost a lot of blood.
Curry leaves also make excellent natural remedies for hair problems. If you have split ends or weak hair that falls with the stroke of a brush; include plenty of curry leaves in your diet. An old grandmother’s beauty recipe recommends heating some curry leaves in coconut oil and massaging the mixture into your scalp before a shower. This helps in the growth of strong, beautiful hair.
If you suffer from constipation, soak a bunch of curry leaves in reasonably hot water for a few hours. Drink the water along with a spoon of fresh honey and you will find much relief.