What is Curry leaf oil?
Curry leaves are the leaves of the curry tree, scientifically known as Murraya koenigii spreng
and it belongs to the Rutaceae family. The plant is native to India and is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is cultivated in various other countries such as China, Australia, Nigeria, and Ceylon. The height of the plant ranges from small to medium. The useful parts of this plant are the leaves, root and the bark from where the curry leaf oil
is actually collected.
Curry leaf oil
is natural flavoring agents with a number of important health benefits, which make your food both healthy and tasty along with the pleasant aroma. It contains various antioxidant properties and have the ability to control diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, excessive acid secretion, peptic ulcers, dysentery, diabetes and an unhealthy cholesterol balance. The oil is also believed to have cancer-fighting properties and are known to protect the liver.
Research studies conducted by Ashish Pagariya and Maithili, V. concluded that the carbazole alkaloids present in curry leaves have anti-diarrheal properties.
Use of curry leaf oil
is recommended as a cure for gastrointestinal issues in Ayurveda. One important is due to the fact that it is considered to possess mild laxative properties.
It’s a good source of antioxidants. The presence of various vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E help in reducing oxidative stress and free radical scavenging activity.
Perhaps one of the biggest health benefits
of curry leaves is its use in diabetes control.
The chemical constituents found in curry leaf oil
such as phenols are helpful in fighting cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancers.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Curry leaves are also known to reduce bad LDL cholesterol level. Studies conducted at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kerala, India have shown that they have the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
Good for Hair Growth
Curry leaf oil
is believed to help in strengthening hair roots. It can also be applied in cases of gray hair. Doing these on a regular basis can improve hair growth
Good for Eyesight
Curry leaves contain high amounts of vitamin A and therefore is good for eyesight. Vitamin A contains carotenoids which protect the cornea, which is the eye surface. Deficiency of vitamin A may cause night blindness, cloud formations in front of the eye and even the loss of vision in some cases.
Protect Against Pathogen Attack
Research on curry leaf oil
has revealed that they are also effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. The leaf extracts from the plant have been comparable to popular, mainstream antibiotic drugs.
Protects the Liver
Your liver plays a major role in the digestive system and it needs to be protected from any attack by free radicals, as well as viral and bacterial attacks that can result in infection. Research on curry leaves has indicated that the tannins and carbazole alkaloids present in the leaves exhibited good hepato-protective properties. They are also helpful in protecting the liver from various diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Curry leaf oil
is also helpful in skin care
. The juice or paste of the leaves can be applied to burns, cuts, bruises, skin irritations and insect bites for a quick recovery and clean healing.
Safety and Precaution
Avoid using curry leaves if you are allergic to it. They are usually considered safe for pregnant, breastfeeding women and babies; still, consult your doctor prior to use.