Home remedies with curry leaves

Curry leaves possess the qualities of a herbal tonic. They strengthen the functioning of the stomach. They are used as a mild laxative. The juice extracted from 15g of leaves may be taken with buttermilk.

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

Recipe:Drumsticks and Curry Leaf Soup

Digestive properties

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 use of fats. One or two teaspoons of juice of curry leaves mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice helps in these cases. Curry leaves ground to a fine paste and mixed with buttermilk can also be taken on an empty stomach to treat stomach upsets.

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

When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil till it reduces to a blackened residue, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth.

Recipe: Curry leaves powder

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.

Fresh juice of curry leaves suffused in the eyes makes them look bright. It also prevents early development of cataract.

Recipe: Curry Leaf Dal Shorba

Insect bites

Fruits of curry plant are edible berries. They are purple when ripe. Juice of these berries when mixed with equal proportion of lime juice is effective for external application in insect stings.

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