love curry leaves | kadi patta for the amazing taste and smell it
brings to our dishes, the wonderful health benefits it offers, both
externally and internally and for it’s easy availability. Curry leaves
have amazing health and medicinal benefits for hair, skin and face. The botanical name of curry leaves is Muraaya Koenigii | Bergera Koenigii. Curry leaves are called Kadi Patta | Kari Patta | Curry Patta| Meetha Neem (since it resembles neem leaves) in Hindi, Karuvepillai in Tamil, Karivepaku in Telugu, Karibevu in Kannada, Kari Patta in Gujarati, Kariveppila in Malayalam, Kari Pata in Bengali, Kari Pate in Punjabi, Kadhipatta in Marathi, Karapincha in Sinhalese and Daun Kari in Malaysia. Curry leaves is native to India and Sri Lanka but now it is cultivated in many countries. Almost all the parts of curry leaves have been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, it is a herb that can be had daily without any side effects but gives amazing health benefits. We have always had
curry plant at home, when I was younger it was one of my favorite
plants as I used to love picking and eating curry leaf plant fruits. The
small round dark fruits have a wonderful sweet taste with a unique
curry leaves in practically all my dishes, curry leaves are very
fragrant and like coriander leaves it adds a nice aroma to the dish. Curry Leaves Nutrition: Curry leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals, all very essential for keeping us in peak health. Curry leaves are very rich in calcium, iron and protein, when I was younger, I
was always advised to eat the curry leaves along with the gravy. 100 grams of curry leaves have 1 gram of fat, 6 grams of fiber, 57 mg of phosphors, 44 mg of magnesium, .15 mg of manganese, .006 mg of chromium, 6.1 mg of protein, 18 grams of carbs, 830 mg of calcium, .93 mg of iron, 0.1 mg of copper, 0.2 mg of zinc, 4 mg of vitamin C, 2.3 mg of niacin and o.08 of thiamine. Curry leaves can also be used by everyone; babies, children, aged and pregnant women will all benefit from including curry leaves in their diet regularly. Curry Leaves Medicinal Uses: Curry leaves have wonderful medicinal uses, It has got anti diabetic properties, you can read the study that proves this claim here. Another lesser known but 2 very interesting uses of curry leaves is it’s antiamnesic activity when regularly had for a period of 30 days, you can read the study that proves it here. The second interesting use is it’s anti-ulcerogenic activity, it showed very promising results when used in animals with induced gastric ulcers during research. It also has anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant (because of it’s anti oxidant properties, it was also able to protect the body from diseases caused due to oxidative stress), larvicidal (against Culex Quinquefasciatus variety mosquitoes), cholesterol reducing (you can read the study that proves this use here ), wound healing, anti tumor and very very effective anti diarr-heal properties. Curry Leaves Hair & Skin Uses: Curry
leaves is especially very very well known for it’s use in treating many hair problems. I
especially love this homemade curry leaves hair oil
and till date it is one of my favorite hair oils and I use it almost every day. It prevents hair fall and helps regrow new hair if used regularly. Curry leaves have antibacterial and wound healing properties which makes it very effective for treating skin problems when externally applied. Along with external application, if we include curry leaves in our day to day diet we will have wonderful skin and hair :). Usually in our place they used to cite curry leaves as an example for people who take advantage of others in need and ignore them latter like how we discard curry leaves while eating :). Try including curry leaves everyday in your cooking and eating it daily, please don’t discard
this wonderful herb while eating. Where To Buy Curry Leaves? I prefer to use the curry leaves from my
garden as I know it is not sprayed with pesticides. Always use curry
leaves that are not sprayed with pesticides and if possible try growing
a curry leaf plant at home. In India, fresh curry leaves are available
in all the markets cheaply throughout the year as we Indians use it a lot
in all our cooking. If you are living abroad, you can buy organic dried curry leaves and use it everyday in cooking, add the dried leaves in oil while seasoning the gravies for best flavor. How To Store | Freeze Curry Leaves? If you can’t get fresh curry leaves daily, try
freezing the curry leaves. To freeze, collect fresh, pesticide free
curry leaves, wash and spread it on a plate to shade dry completely free of moisture. Then fry with little amount of homemade ghee till crisp, let cool
and store in a zip lock bag in the freezer. Whenever you want to
use it, add the frozen curry leaves to the oil while seasoning. Recipes Using Curry leaves (Can be had daily): 1. Curry Leaf Powder | Kadi Patta Powder: We
make curry leaf powder regularly at home by frying curry leaves in little oil along
with spices like dry red chillies, urad dhal, asafoetida, tamarind and
salt and then powdering in a dry mixer jar to get a powder. This powder
can be had with rice everyday along with little homemade ghee for
lunch. If we start using curry leaves regularly in our diet, we won’t
suffer from anemia which is affecting major part of the women
nowadays 2. Raw Curry Leaves juice: This is one of our favorite
traditional drinks that we regularly make at home and serve it to guests
during hot summers. For the juice take fresh curry leaves and pound them in mixer with little cumin seeds to a very fine paste. Mix it with thin fresh buttermilk that is not sour along with salt. A very healthy refreshing juice | drink, it is also my son’s favorite drink 🙂 3. Curry Leaves Tea: For curry leaves tea, boil lightly pounded curry leaves and cumin seeds in water till the color of the water changes and drink. How to grow Curry Leaf Tree and Plant Care: I would suggest buying the plant rather than the curry tree seeds as it is much easier to grow the plant at home. Curry leaf plant needs bright sunlight and regular watering, it is a plant that requires very little maintenance and can be grown in pots too. Curry Leaves Side Effects: This is one herb that has no side effects at all ……
10 Amazing Hair, Skin, Health Benefits, Medicinal Uses Of Curry Leaves | Kadi Patta | Curry Patta:
CURRY LEAVES FOR HAIR:
1. Curry leaves & Coconut Oil For Grey Hair & Hair Growth:
Homemade curry leaves hair oil made with fresh curry leaves and virgin coconut oil is very good for premature greying and for strengthening the hair roots. This hair oil has a pleasant smell that I love and I can confidently say that this curry leaves hair oil conditions the hair well as I am using it for so many years now.
2. Curry leaves Hair Mask For Hair Regrowth, Dandruff & Stop Hair Loss :
A simple homemade hair pack made with curry leaves is very good for promoting hair growth and arresting hair fall. Grind tender curry leaves to a smooth paste along with little yogurt and apply this hair pack and wait for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off. Try to use this hair pack regularly to see results. This hair pack also prevents dandruff…..
CURRY LEAVES FOR FACE:
3. Curry Leaves Paste For Acne:
A paste made
by grinding organic turmeric along with little fresh curry leaves when
applied on problem areas is a good home remedy for acne. But make sure
to use pesticide free curry leaves and organic turmeric. You can also
use organic turmeric powder for this remedy.
4. Curry Leaves Face Pack:
A mixture of curry leaf powder, multani mitti powder, rose water and few drops of rose essential oil makes an amazing face mask that prevents fine lines and brightens the face instantly. Try to make your own curry leaf powder by sun drying and grinding it to a fine powder.
CURRY LEAVES FOR HEALTH:
5. Curry Leaves For Indigestion & Diarrhea:
Curry leaves is an effective remedy for treating indigestion and diarrhea. For the remedy, fry cumin seeds in a little bit of ghee and then add the curry leaves. Add a cup of water and 1/2 tsp of dry ginger powder. Let it simmer for a few minutes, strain and cool. This mixture, if taken once gives good relief from indigestion and diarrhea. It can be sweetened with honey or jaggery too.
6. Curry Leaves For Diabetes:
Regular consumption of curry leaves has been proven to lower blood sugar levels. It is a good idea for diabetic patients to include curry leaves in the diet. Make curry leaf powder and try to include it in the diet everyday. Another good idea for consuming curry leaves is by mixing the curry leaf powder with buttermilk and salt.
7. Curry Leaves For Weight Loss:
I know many of you will be surprised that curry leaf helps in weight loss. But like most of the herbs it regulates the digestive system if consumed regularly. A good functioning of digestive system is the key to effortless weight loss naturally.
8. Curry Leaves For Anemia:
Many of you must have been advised by elders when you were young to include curry leaves to prevent anemia. That is because curry leaves are rich source of iron that is easily absorbed by the body. 100gm of curry leaves has around .930 mg of iron, it is also rich in calcium and other essential vitamins to keep our body healthy. A relative of mine suggested this method of taking curry leaves daily to get good relief from anemia: Everyday soak a handful of curry leaves and a tsp of methi seeds in little bit of fresh yogurt for 1/2 an hour and have it in the early morning. She said she could see a good difference after regularly consuming this mixture. Make sure that the curd is not sour.
9. Curry Leaves For Cholesterol:
A study conducted on the effects of curry leaves on our
health has proved that it is very effective in reducing the cholesterol
and thus protects us from heart disease. Instead of eating curry leaves
after we get the disease, it is best done as a preventive measure.
10. Curry Leaves For Cooking:
I have never ever cooked without curry leaves. I love the smell and taste it brings to dishes and gravies. To get the maximum flavor, try to add it while seasoning so that it releases it’s wonderful aroma. For certain gravies and rasam, it is added at the end too. Encourage young children to eat the gravies along with curry leaves. Once they develop the habit of eating the curry leaves when they are young, they will continue to do it all their life.