Amazing medicinal values of curry leaves

Are you wondering about what could be the medicinal values of curry leaves which is the most commonly used seasoning in Indian cuisines? Read the article to find it out.

Curry leaves have natural flavor and perhaps are the most commonly used ingredient in the seasonings of Indian curries and cuisine. The leaves are added in most of the food items for its pleasing aroma which makes the Indian food tasty and healthy too. In spite of adding flavor to the food, these leaves are mostly not consumed but are picked up and kept aside. Before throwing away curry leaves, have you ever thought of the medicinal values of the leaves? Let's look into it now.

The plant is a native of India and is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions. It belongs to Rutaceae family and its scientific name is Murraya koenigii. The leaves of the plant are believed to have high medicinal values and is used in traditional Indian Ayurveda medicines and also is used for quick home remedies. The roots and bark of the plant also have medicinal values.

The leaves are known to have several medicinal values like controlling sugar levels in diabetic people. These also have the capability of protecting the liver from getting damaged.

Nutritional value of curry leaves

Curry leaves contain various nutrients that include minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and copper and other nutrients like fiber. It also contains considerable amounts of vitamins like Vitamin C, A, B, E. The other nutrients include amino acids, alkaloids etc.

Medicinal values of curry leaves

Though curry leaves are widely used in Indian curries and cuisines, these are the least consumed ones perhaps for its tangy taste. The medicinal values of curry leaves are many and there are zero side effects on consuming these.
  1. Controls sugar levels

    As per recent research, curry leaves are found to be helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood and is useful for diabetic people.

  2. Helps in lowering cholesterol levels

    According to recent studies, it is found that curry leaves have the potential to lower the bad LDL cholesterol levels.

  3. Curry leaves protect liver

    Liver is the largest gland in the human body and secretes bile juice. Liver is one of the important glands of the digestive system which needs to protection from infections. According to various researches, curry leaves are found to have good hepato-protecting properties. These are found to be helpful in protecting liver from various infections like hepatitis.

  4. Stimulates hair growth

    Curry leaves are known to have the wonderful quality of controlling hair fall and stimulating natural growth of hair. External application of the extract of these leaves combined with oils help in strengthening the hair roots and these also helps in controlling the pre-mature graying of hair

  5. Relieves from diarrhea

    It is found that curry leaves have good anti-diarrhea properties. When the extract of the leaves is consumed, it helps in relieving the patient from diarrhea.

  6. Help in curing the gastrointestinal problemsThe leaves are used as natural home remedy for curing indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems due to its mild laxative nature.

  7. Used for reducing burns / cuts

    The extract of the leaves when externally applied on cuts, burns bruises and snake bites, it gives instant relief, recovers quickly and heals the wound.

  8. Good for eyes

    Curry leaves contain considerable amounts of Vitamin A and is good for eyes.

In addition to the extensive use of the leaves, even the roots and bark of the plant have medicinal values and are used for giving relief from snake bites.

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Author: Juana17 Aug 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Curry leaves are used extensively in South Indian cuisine. They are in everything – in rice preparations, in sambhar, in meat & chicken, in rasam, in buttermilk, in chutneys, in podi, in mixtures…the list is long.

I love the flavour curry leaves add to the food. And try and incorporate it in a lot of what I cook. I have a small shrub growing in my balcony, so I have fresh leaves, whenever I want.

I have a question. Are these leaves meant to be ingested or are they there only for the seasoning and meant to be discarded, and not eaten? I eat the leaves, but I see a lot of people from the South, remove them from their food. They do not eat the leaves. Why is it so? Should they not be eaten?

Author: Kalyani17 Aug 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

Your observation is right Juana. Most of the people do not like to eat these leaves may be because of its taste on chewing. Accordingly there is a famous saying in Telugu which says 'Don't discard me like curry leaves'. This is said when someone is not cared for, after one's services are fully utilized.

Curry leaves add flavor to the foods and once the food is consumed by people with added flavor, they discard the one that has added flavor to the food.

There is no specific reason for not taking these leaves but what I think is people don't want to waste time on chewing these leaves which take slightly longer time for the action. I am not sure why people discard these leaves.

But these days many have started consuming these leaves along with the food may be due to increased awareness particularly as these leaves are good for hair growth.

Of course, I too used to discard these till recently but now I too have started eating these leaves along with the food.

Author: Venkiteswaran27 Jun 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

There is a saying in Malayalam and Tamil which is more used to express disappointment and complaint.'Don't use and throw me away like curry leaves". People say this when they feel that they are exploited and ignored and not recognized. If Curry leaves had tongue and voice, they also would have said so.

Curry leaves are used in every dish and even in many snacks especially in Southern states of India. However, it is not eaten usually but thrown out before consuming the dish or snack. I am sure our ancestors would have found something not good if curry leaves are eaten. May be, we are not aware of the reason but just follow the tradition and habit.

In our house, my mother used to make curry leaves chutney with sesame(TIL-white or black) as the other main ingredient. She used to make both sweet and spicy variety chutney using curry leaves. Curry leaves-sesame-jaggery chutney has beneficial effects on piles.

Curry-leaves rice is a tasty snack too.

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