Every Indian household uses curry leaves. It is practically a staple here. You probably see it in every curry you make and most of us (including me) are guilty of pulling it out and putting it to the side. But, did you know that there are many hidden benefits of curry leaves? Curry leaves are loaded with iron, folic acid, carbohydrates, calcium and many vitamins like vitamin C, A, B, and E.
Hidden Benefits of Curry Leaves:
1. Healthy Heart
As it is packed with antioxidants, curry leaves help your heart function better. These antioxidants combat the oxidation of cholesterol, stabilizing the cholesterol levels.
2. Boosts Immunity
Curry leaves fight infections with the help of its anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. It is perfect for those suffering with skin infections.
3. Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation with the help of curry leaves. It protects the bone marrow and the chromosomes from getting destroyed. This is possibly one of the best hidden benefits of curry leaves!
4. Healthy Hair
Curry Leaves gives your hair a healthy shine and bounce. The best part is that it even helps reduce gray hair!
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5. Fights Diabetes
Curry leaves help lower blood sugar levels in the body. Therefore, it also affects the body’s insulin activity. Consume two or three leaves of curry leaves every night before you sleep.
6. Improves Digestion
It also contains the antioxidants and alkaloids that help improve digestion.
7. Curb Nausea
Chewing on a few curry leaves can help control any feelings of nausea. This is perfect for women who are carrying as they tend to suffer from morning sicknesses.
DIY Curry Leaf Oil
Including curry leaves in all you eat can be quite difficult to do and, eating it raw is not very tasty.
How amazing would it be if you could make an amazing all natural oil from these curry leaves? It could be used on your hair and in all your food!
Recipe for Curry Leaf Oil
- 12 Sprigs of Curry Leaves
- 1 Liter Coconut Oil
- Wash the curry leaves thoroughly and grind with a little water.
- Extra only the juice and keep it aside.
- Heat oil in pan and add juice
- Keep the stove on low and allow it to a simmer.
- Remember to stir it occasionally, until it turns into a blackish color.
- Filter the oil and it’s ready to use!
Keep in mind to leave the flame low, as high heat can cause the oil to become rancid.
Curry Leaf for Weight Loss
Chewing on 10 curry leaves a day can result in a healthy, steady loss in body weight. You could also substitute plain water with homemade detox curry leaf water. Make sure that you drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
Recipe for Detox Curry Leaf Water
- 10-15 Curry Leaves
- 2 Liters of Water
- Bring the water to a boiling point and bring it to a simmer.
- Add in the curry leaves and stir occasionally.
- Let it boil on a low flame for 5 -10 minutes.
- Let it cool and then filter.
- Your detox curry leaf water is now ready to drink!
There you have it! There are so many different hidden benefits of curry leaves! So, next time you see that little tiny leaf in your curry or rice, don’t pull it out and place it to the side. Instead, mix it up and eat them all! Or go ahead and make your own healthy, all natural curry leaf oil and curry leaf water! You never know how much good it is actually doing for your body!!