Healing Power and Curative Properties
Curry leaves possess the qualities of a herbal tonic. They strengthen the
functions of stomach and promote its action. They are also used as a mild
laxative. The leaves may be taken mixed with other mild tasting herbs. The
juice extracted from 15 grams of leaves may be taken with buttermilk.
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
these leaves mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice may be taken in these
conditions. The curry leaves, ground to a fine paste and mixed with
buttermilk, can also be taken on an empty stomach with beneficial results
in case of stomach upsets.
Tender curry leaves are useful in diarrhea, dysentery and piles. They
should be taken, mixed with honey. 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.
Eating 10 fresh fully grown curry leaves every morning for three months is
said to prevent diabetes due to heredity factors. It 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.
The root of the curry plant also has medicinal properties. The juice of
the root can be taken to relieve pain associated with the kidneys.
Premature Greying of Hair
Liberal intake of 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.
The leaves can be used in the form of chutney or the juice may be squeezed
and taken in buttermilk or lassi.
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 the early development of cataract.
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.
Hair Tonic: When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil till they are
reduced to a blackened residue, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to
stimulate hair growth and in retaining the natural pigmentation.
Curry leaves have been used for centuries in South India as a natural
flavoring agent in samber, rasam and curries. Chutney can be made by
mixing the leaves with coriander leaves, coconut scrapings and tomatoes.
The leaves, bark and the root of the curry plant are used in indigenous
medicine as a tonic, stimulant and anti-flatulent.