The Curry Leaf – Magic In The Kariveppillai

Curry LeafThe curry leaf tree is a native of Southern India and Sri Lanka. The leaves, originally used mainly in Indian and Sri Lankan cooking, is now found assimilated in the local cuisine in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar. Curry leaves were typically found and used in countries that have, historically, had Indian influences. Today, with the migration of Indian cuisine to other cultures, their flavor are present all over the globe.

Curry leaves have been used for centuries in South India as a natural flavoring agent in curries, sambaar and rasam as these small, pointed leaves in sprigs, give off a strong delightful aroma while being sauteed with spices. The curry leaf can be made into chutney, by pureeing the curry leaves with coriander leaves, coconut scrapings and tomatoes. Chopped tender curry leaves are delicious in an omelette or scrambled eggs. They can also be used to flavor savory rice dishes like pilao and coconut rice.

Like many herbs, curry leaves are not limited to their culinary use. The leaves, bark and the root of the curry leaf tree are used in traditional medicine as a tonic, stimulant and natural remedy. Below are some home remedies using curry leaves.

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Constipation

Curry leaves possess the qualities of an herbal tonic. They strengthen the functions of stomach and promote its action. The mature leaves are also used as a mild laxative. The leaves may be taken by itself or mixed with other mild tasting herbs. The juice extracted from 15 grams of leaves may be taken with buttermilk. To help in constipation, one can soak curry leaves in hot water for a few hours and drink the water with a spoonful of honey added to it. It eases the digestive tract and allows easier motion of stools.

Morning sickness

Fresh juice of curry leaves, with lime juice and sugar, is an effective medicine in the treatment of morning sickness, nausea and vomiting due to indigestion and excessive fatty foods. One or two teaspoons of juice of curry leaves mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice and 1 teaspoon sugar may be taken in these condition. The curry leaves, ground to a fine paste and mixed with buttermilk or Moru, can also be taken on an empty stomach with beneficial results in case of stomach upsets. Plain curry leaf tea also helps to cure nausea.

Diarrhea

Tender curry leaves are useful in diarrhea, dysentery and piles. They can be taken, mixed with honey. Those who can withstand the taste and have a strong stomach can chew on fresh curry leaves and count on it to relieve diarrhea. The bark of the tree is also useful in bilious vomiting. A teaspoon of the powder or the decoction of the dry bark should be given with cold water in this condition.

Diabetes

The curry leaf is traditionally consumed by diabetics in Southern India to aid managing the condition. Eating 10 fresh mature curry leaves every morning for three months is said to prevent diabetes due to heredity factors. It is also cures diabetes due to obesity, as the leaves have weight reducing properties. As the weight drops, the diabetic patients stop passing sugar in urine. Alternatively, another traditional remedy to control diabetes is by finely grinding enough curry leaves to make it into a ball of the size of a table-tennis ball. Mix with yogurt and take it the first thing in the morning.

Kidney disorders

The root of the curry plant is also said to have medicinal properties. The juice of the root can be taken to relieve pain associated with the kidneys.

Premature greying of hair

Liberal intake of fresh curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the property to nourish the hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier with normal pigment. Also the leaves can be eaten in the form of chutney or the juice may be squeezed and taken in Moru.

Hair care

Curry leaves boiled in coconut oil till they are reduced to a blackened residue forms an excellent hair tonic in retaining the natural pigmentation and also stimulating hair growth. It can be effective hair colorant which causes minimum damage and maximum benefit to greying or thinning hair. South Indian women have, for centuries, mixed the leaves with fenugreek, and applied as a paste to keep hair long, black and gleaming.

Burns and bruises

Curry leaves can be effectively used to treat burns, bruises and skin eruptions. They should be applied as a poultice over the affected areas.

Insect bites

Fruits of the tree, which are berries, are edible. They are green when raw, but purple when ripe. Juice of these berries, mixed with equal proportion of lime juice, is an effective fluid for external application in insect stings and bites of poisonous creatures.

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28 Responses

  1. Elbert West says:

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  2. That’s a great article. Really enjoyed it. I also use curry leaves at home. ALong with the taste it gives it do possess medicinal property. Thanks for sharing the info.

  3. Hi,
    Really a great post.
    herbal treatments are really good and impressive. the treatment of diabetes you gave in your blog is really amazingly effective. i always prefer herbal treatments because they dint give any side effect and don’t harm your body.

  4. Jeff says:

    Thanks for the great article! I am definitely going to share this with my readers. I never knew there were so many uses for Curry.

  5. Manu says:

    Do Karivepila have any side effects (over consumption ) daily ?????

  6. borzack says:

    Not all herbal applications are effective in every case in every person. There are people who use 40 raw curry leaves a day for a month to combat hair fall with no side effects. Some might get mild stomach upset. Therefore, use only a few in a day and wait and watch for side effects. If there are none, increase the use cautiously.

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  8. Cross Trainers says:

    Wow, i didnt know the curry leaf has so much health benefits, i will surely use it in all recipes possible, thanks for this great share.

  9. thanks for the valuable information on curry leaves and there multiple purposes.

  10. I found your blog URL at rishabhsood.net and dropped by today. Being Indian by birth, I felt nostalgic after reading this post. We have always used herbs and ayurveda, some of which the West has started learning recently.

  11. “South India as a natural flavoring agent”

    I’m from South India. This post is true. Curry leavse has really greate effect we really used them to treat burns. Thank you for the post

  12. Nice Site. I am new here but will be visiting more often as you have done a good job.
    Thanks

  13. Curry leaves is called curry pata (pata means leaf) in Hindi and this leaf has been a key ingredient in many cooking recipes. It is used for adding flavor to the dish.

  14. natural soap says:

    Thats a nice information about useness of curry leaf. Natural products from natural leaf and flowers are very helpful for skin also.

  15. maviadres says:

    Thats a nice information about useness of curry leaf. Natural products from natural leaf and flowers are very helpful for skin also.

  16. diyet says:

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  17. Thats a nice information about useness of curry leaf. Natural products from natural leaf and flowers are very helpful for skin also.

  18. jOHn_AlEx says:

    Hi there,

    Very nice post, i really enjoy reading over it, i’m getting interested when it is all about herbal medicine.

    Herbal medicine is very good to our health it does not contain any chemicals like those of other medicine. I also uses herbal medicine for how many years that’s why i didn’t get sick easily…I find it hard on searching about curry leaf in other websites…i’m happy for this post because i got many ideas about curry leaf…thanks

  19. Perde Modelleri says:

    herbal treatments are really good and impressive. the treatment of diabetes you gave in your blog is really amazingly effective

  20. There are people who use 40 raw curry leaves a day for a month to combat hair fall with no side effects.

  21. Von Fueberg says:

    A Very good post – i think Herbal medicine is good to our health it does not contain any chemicals like those of other medicine.
    Myself used Herbal medicine, it was helpful!
    Thank you for our article.

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    I am using herbal medicine for how many years that’s why i didn’t get sick easily……….

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    good

    A Very good post – i think Herbal medicine is good to our health it does not contain any chemicals like those of other medicine.
    Myself used Herbal medicine, it was helpful!
    Thank you for our article.

  25. apple91 says:

    I think herbal medicine is gaining popularity now a days because of its efficiency and lesser cost. There are actually thousands of herbs out there with a lot of medicinal benefits. We just need to inform the public about these.

  26. Yes! I agree with you. The curry leaves will cure and prevent many diseases. I heard about all remedies earlier but the morning sickness is new one. Really appreciate you.

    Thanks for this information.

    Regards

  27. perde says:

    ı have use this herbal medicine products. But it was not useful for me.

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