I 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. Curry leaves aids hair growth, aids weight loss, treats anemia and reduces high cholesterol.
It is good for diabetic patients, treats wounds and blemishes when used for skin and face care, treats gum diseases and also helps reduce anxiety and stress! 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. We use curry leaf in the form of curry leaf oil, curry leaf tea and curry leaf powder.
Curry Leaves Botanical & Common Names:
Curry Leaf Plant:
Curry leaf 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 fragrance. I use 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 Medicinal Uses:
1.Anti Diabetic Properties:
2. Larvicidal Properties:
3. Treats Gum Diseases:
4. Treats Amnesia:
Another lesser known but 2 very interesting uses of curry leaves is it’s anti amnesic activity. When mice were regularly given curry leaves for period of 30 days, the memory scores showed reduced amnesia that was induced in both young and adult mice. The results were dose dependant and you can read the study that proves it here.
5. Anti Cancer Properties:
Koenimbin, one of the major bioactive compound of curry leaves has been proven to be effective against prostate cancer and breast cancer. Koenimbin, extracted from curry leaves significantly prevented the growth cancer cells. It also has been shown to decrease the recurrence of cancer and so patients who are under remission after prostate cancer treatment also will benefit consuming curry leaves. Also certain alkaloids like murrayazoline present in curry leaves prevents colon cancer too.
6. Anti Anxiety and Antidepressant Properties
Since curry leaves are rich in antioxidants, it helps reduce oxidative stress which plays an important role in many neurobehavioral disorders like anxiety and depression that many of us suffer now. In a study, the water extract of curry leaves exhibited significant antidepressant properties. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, try consuming a cup of curry leaf tea regularly. You can read the study that proves it here.
7. Nephro Protective Properties
In a study done on nephrotoxicity induced rats, giving curry leaf extract had a protective effect on the kidneys. All important renal function markers like creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels reduced significantly after consuming curry leaves. You can read the study that supports this claim here.
8. Antimicrobial Properties
Seven piranocarbazoles were isolated from curry leaves. Out of the seven, three exhibited significant antibacterial properties and one exhibited antifungal properties. Streptococcus aureus, klebsiella pneumonia are some of the bacterial strains that curry leaves effectively inhibits.
9. Improves Nutritional Content Of Foods
Curry leaf powder when added to Idli batter, increased the calcium content of idlis by 10 times and the fibre content increased by 18%. Since curry leaves have antimicrobial properties, it increased the shelf life of Idli batter from 2 to 5 days when stored at room temperature.
10. Helps With Weight Loss
Nowadays curry leaf is becoming popular as a weight loss food. The reason for it is mahanimbine, one of the major alkaloids found in curry leaves. In a study, when mahanimbine was administered, it help prevent fat accumulation in adipose tissue and liver along with reducing oxidative stress and systemic inflammation. You can read the study that supports this claim here.
11. Antidiarrheal Properties
The water extract of curry leaves has been used for treating diarrhoea for a long time in India. This traditional use has been proven through research now. This is because curry leaves greatly inhibits gastrointestinal motility. If you’re suffering from diarrhoea, try consuming a cup of curry leaf tea, it will greatly help. You can read the study that supports this claim here.
12. Antioxidant Properties
Another great benefit of consuming curry leaves is its antioxidant properties. Antioxidant rich ingredients is very important to fight of the free radicals which are responsible for premature aging of skin and hair. It also helps reduce oxidative stress which is responsible for many neurological problems.
13. Anti Ulcer Properties
Another interesting use of curry leaves is it helps treat and prevent stomach ulcer. Curry leaves have anti inflammatory, analgesic and excellent anti ulcerogenic properties. It it not only protects us from getting gastric ulcers but helps treat it too. If you’re suffering from gastric ulcer, try consuming spiced curry leaf buttermilk every single day.
14. Curry Leaves For Hair:
15. Curry Leaves For Skin:
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?
How To Store | Freeze Curry Leaves?
Recipes Using Curry leaves (Can be had daily):
1. Curry Leaf Powder | Kadi Patta Powder:
2. Raw Curry Leaf Juice:
3. Curry Leaf Tea:
10 Top 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:
2. Curry leaves Hair Mask For Hair Regrowth, Dandruff & Stop Hair Loss :
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 & Diarrhoea:
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.